Comedians Got Steve Bannon Kicked From New Yorker Festival

05 September, 2018, 04:01 | Author: Kristopher Anderson
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A lengthy statement was posted on the magazine's Twitter feed Monday afternoon explaining why New Yorker editor David Remnick wanted to interview the former Breitbart News executive chairman in a public forum.

"I have every intention of asking him hard questions and engaging in a serious and even combative conversation".

A panel is moderated by David Remnick during The New Yorker Festival of 2014 on October 10, 2014 in New York City.

The New Yorker may have succumbed to the pressure of social media by dis-inviting Steve Bannon from its prestigious fall festival, but not The Economist.

"I don't want well-meaning readers and staff members to think that I've ignored their concerns", Remnick wrote. I've thought this through and talked to colleagues - and I've re-considered.

Ben Stiller is not scheduled to be a part of the fest but wanted in on pulling out anyway, writing "I totally was available to fill in when everyone dropped out but would have so quickly said no f-ing way if they had asked, but now it's all moot, so never mind".

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Mulaney likewise threatened to walk, noting that while he appreciates a serious debate, Bannon's discourse is more akin to "PT Barnum level horses**t".

"Remnick also argued that interviewing Bannon is not endorsing him and his "'ideas' of white nationalism, racism, antisemitism and illiberalism".

'Our writers have interviewed Steve Bannon for The New Yorker before, and if the opportunity presents itself I'll interview him in a more traditionally journalistic setting as we first discussed, and not on stage, ' Remnick told staff members. "I will not take part in an event that normalizes hate".

Steve Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist to President Donald Trump, speaks at a debate with Lanny Davis, former special counsel to Bill Clinton, at Zofin Palace, May 22, 2018, in Prague, Czech Republic. Farrow took his report to The New Yorker, which published it seven weeks later, earning Farrow a Pulitzer and helping spark the #MeToo movement.

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. "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".

Several activists, filmmakers, writers and journalists condemned the New Yorker's invitation to Bannon, claiming the magazine was providing him with a platform to propagate white-nationalist views. Bridget Everett tweeted that she's out if Bannon is in, Jimmy Fallon simply wrote "I'm Out", and Mike Birbiglia and Bo Burnham also let it be known that they would not participate.

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