Should The New Yorker have disinvited Steve Bannon from its annual festival?

New Yorker makes embarrassing climb down and CANCELS Steve Bannon's festival appearance

New Yorker makes embarrassing climb down and CANCELS Steve Bannon's festival appearance

The New Yorker has disinvited former White House senior adviser Steve Bannon from its annual festival in the wake of public criticism from celebrities who said they wouldn't attend the event if Mr. Bannon was allowed to participate.

Remnick went on to say he re-considered Bannon's placement in the lineup after a swift backlash on social media and amongst staff members at the magazine. Festival participants like Judd Apatow, Jim Carrey, John Mulaney, Patton Oswalt, Bo Burnham, and Lena Dunham's ex-boyfriend all announced that they would be canceling in light of Bannon's invitation. Sorry, @NewYorker. See if Milo Yiannopoulos is free?'

After outrage over his planned appearance at the festival next month, the New Yorker nixed its plan to interview Bannon, one of the early architects of some of President Trump's most controversial policies, at the event.

New Yorker editor David Remnick, who initially defended the decision to invite Bannon, issued a statement late Monday saying he had changed his mind and would interview him "in a more traditionally journalistic setting. and not on stage", the Guardian reports. Remnick released a statement justifying the initial decision, insisting that to "interview Bannon is not to endorse him".

And when New Yorker staff writer Alexandra Schwartz tweeted, "I am hugely relieved that the event will not happen", economist and author Malcolm Gladwell replied, "Call me old-fashioned".

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"If Steve Bannon is at the New Yorker festival I am out. In what I would call a defining moment, David Remnick showed he was gutless when confronted by the howling online mob". "The audience itself, by its presence, puts a certain pressure on a conversation that an interview alone doesn't do".

"Mr. Bannon stands for a world view that is antithetical to the liberal values The Economist has always espoused". By conducting an interview with one of Trumpism's leading creators and organizers, we are hardly pulling him out of obscurity.

Remnick's decision came after several panelists said they would not share a platform with Bannon, whose influence was seen as having driven Trump's travel ban on majority Muslim countries and his reaction to the killing of a protester by a white supremacist in Charlottesville, Virginia a year ago. In a memo to staff, New Yorker editor David Remnick wrote, "I don't want well-meaning readers and staff members to think that I've ignored their concerns".

Jim Carrey played his disapproval with a little more lightheartedness. "I'm not going to congratulate the New Yorker for rescinding an invitation that should have never been offered or for believing there was valuable intellectual insight to be gained from a polite conversation w/ a fascist or leaving the door open to a future interview with Bannon".

'I've changed my mind.

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