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'New Yorker' Editor Explains Why Steve Bannon Was Dropped From Festival

'New Yorker' Editor Explains Why Steve Bannon Was Dropped From Festival

Following the backlash, the New Yorker's editor-in-chief released a lengthy statement where he explained why he had initially asked Mr Bannon to the NY festival, and then withdrawn the invitation. With director Judd Apatow, comedian John Mulaney, actor Jim Carrey, and musician Jack Antonoff all announcing they had withdrawn from their participation in the festival over Bannon's inclusion. And me? On the same program?

- Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) September 3, 2018I'm out. In fact, I would have loved to see Remnick interview Bannon in person and in front of a hostile audience, and while I would never have invited him if I ran the show (who needs that kind of headache?) by disinviting him, I think Remnick made an even larger mistake. "Farrow's award-winning New Yorker article about Weinstein", Lack wrote, "bore little resemblance to the draft script he produced at NBC News".

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. "The point of an interview, a rigorous interview, particularly in a case like this, is to put pressure on the views of the person being questioned".

While some people agreed with the celebrities taking a stand others questioned why the New Yorker invited Bannon to begin with.

For anyone who wonders what normalisation of bigotry looks like, I'd argue first consider that Steve Bannon was chief strategist under the current president.

"I've changed my mind", he added.

No one wants a festival of ideas to turn into a cozy chat among like-minded friends.

Remnick conceded that the festival was not the best format in which to interview Bannon, and that it could be done "in a more traditional journalistic setting". "The main argument for not engaging someone like Bannon is that we are giving him a platform and that he will use it, unfiltered, to propel further the "ideas" of white nationalism, racism, anti-Semitism, and illiberalism", Remnick wrote. I hope the @NewYorker will do the right thing and cancel the Steve Bannon event. "But to interview Bannon is not to endorse him". He clearly planned to make this a tough, revelatory session.

Patton Oswald and Jimmy Fallon cancelled following Remnick's announcement. 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.

"I would like to invite you to sit down with me for an informal, free-ranging discussion of the political movements redefining global and local politics".