Steve Bannon dropped from New Yorker Festival after outrage from speakers

Wednesday, 05 Sep, 2018

That's why it was a thoroughly lousy idea for the New Yorker magazine to offer a high-profile perch - an onstage interview by top editor David Remnick - at next month's annual festival to the deposed Svengali.

Remnick said he was planning for a "serious" conversation with Bannon.

The New Yorker Festival's 19th edition will take place from October 5-7 and will include anti-gun activist David Hogg, actress Emily Blunt and writers Haruki Murakami and Zadie Smith.

"I've thought this through and talked to colleagues - and I've re-considered", said Remnick.

'I've changed my mind.

This is a developing story.

Late Monday, the magazine announced it was canceling the invitation. This is PT Barnum level horse****.

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Disinviting Steve Bannon doesn't make him go away.

He added that the magazine had interviewed Bannon before and would do so again if the opportunity arose "in a more traditionally journalistic setting" rather than on stage. "After being contacted several months ago and with seven weeks of continual requests for this event, I accepted The New Yorker's invitation with no thought of an honorarium", Bannon said.

Former Chief Strategist Donald Trump is calling the New Yorker and editor David Remick "gutless" after he was dumped from their upcoming festival.

It's likely that Bannon will treat the New Yorker decision as a victory, said columnist Nesrine Malik of The Guardian. British writer Laurie Penny tweeted Monday that she "cannot in good conscience appear at an event which chooses to dignify a neo-nationalist like Steve Bannon". "We asked him to take part because his populist nationalism is of grave effect in today's politics". 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.

Remnick has yet to announce what that "better way" might be, but he did say in his statement that he had originally reached out to Bannon for an interview on the New Yorker Radio Hour, the podcast and public radio show he hosts. "He believes he is right and that his ideological opponents are mere 'snowflakes.' The question is whether an interview has value in terms of fact, argument or even exposure, whether it has value to a reader or an audience".

While we're at it, there is also nothing more to learn from the die-hard Trump voters in what I've called the Endless Diner Series - the media's recidivistic journeys to the supposed heartland to hear what we've heard a thousand times before about blind loyalty in the face of all reason.