Steve Bannon dropped from New Yorker festival after backlash

Steve Bannon dropped from New Yorker festival after backlash

(Which does not happen, of course, when we interview someone for an article or for the radio.) I don't want well-meaning readers and staff members to think that I've ignored their concerns. In a statement released on Twitter, David Remnick, the magazine's editor, said he had changed his mind after facing criticism on social media. "There is a better way to do this". "It's obvious that no matter how tough the questioning, Bannon is not going to burst into tears and change his view of the world", he wrote. The response was so loud and so swift that, within hours, New Yorker editor David Remnick reversed his decision.

"I would ask the New Yorker to consider in the future that participants in the festival deserve to make a choice to appear alongside someone this hateful", he wrote.

Bannon? And me? On the same program? "Maybe they should read their own reporting about his ideology".

- Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) September 3, 2018I'm out. "This is PT Barnum level horseshit", he wrote calling Bannon an "amateur night sonofabitch". "And it was announced on a weekend just before tix went on sale", John Mulaney said on Twitter.

- John Mulaney (@mulaney) September 3, 2018I apologize to @EricLach - a lively, amusing writer.

"I love working for [the New Yorker] but I'm beyond appalled by this..."




As of publication, Jim Carrey, Jack Antonoff, Patton Oswalt, and Bo Burnham have also canceled their scheduled appearances.

Beddoes is scheduled to interview Bannon on stage as part of its event.

The New Yorker's announcement on Bannon came earlier Monday and was denounced by Roxane Gay, Jessica Valenti and many others.

"He created an online home for white nationalists to groom and grow their violent base". Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Remnick told the New York Times he meant to confront the man with tough questions and expected that the hostile audience would help put pressure on the guest. "And here we are, folks", DuVernay posted. Most of the outraged celebrities have accepted Remnick's reversal and will be in attendance as anticipated.

The move 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 past year.

That notion had been echoed by Recode journalist Kara Swisher, who said she has considered interviewing Bannon about technology - and who applauded Remnick's goal of conducting the interview "in a fully on the record setting". The former Trump strategist and Breitbart executive will be interviewed September 15 in NY by Editor-In-Chief Zanny Minton Beddoes.

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