The New Yorker invites Steve Bannon to appear at festival, scheduled celebrities pull out en masse, The New Yorker rescinds Bannon’s invitation.

By |2018-09-05T04:46:27-08:00September 4th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

How did the New Yorker NOT see this coming?

Courtesy of NYT:

Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, will no longer appear as a headliner at this year’s New Yorker Festival, David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, announced in an email to the magazine’s staff on Monday evening.

The announcement followed several scathing rebukes and high-profile dropouts after the festival’s lineup, with Mr. Bannon featured, was announced. Within 30 minutes of one another, John Mulaney, Judd Apatow, Jack Antonoff and Jim Carrey said on social media that they would be pulling out of scheduled events at the festival. Right around the time when Mr. Remnick announced the cancellation of Mr. Bannon’s participation, Patton Oswalt did the same.

In Mr. Remnick’s email to his staff, he said that even New Yorker staff members had expressed discomfort at the decision to invite Mr. Bannon to be interviewed at the festival.

“The reaction on social media was critical and a lot of the dismay and anger was directed at me and my decision to engage him,” Mr. Remnick’s note said. “Some members of the staff, too, reached out to say that they objected to the invitation, particularly the forum of the festival.”

He added, “I don’t want well-meaning readers and staff members to think that I’ve ignored their concerns.”

You know the media really needs to recognize that these Trump folks do not add anything intelligent to the discourse and should not be awarded a platform from which to spread their racism, lies, and defense of a criminal regime. 

Steve Bannon responded with this courtesy of ABC News:

“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 in a statement to The Associated Press. “The reason for my acceptance was simple: I would be facing one of the most fearless journalists of his generation. In what I would call a defining moment, David Remnick showed he was gutless when confronted by the howling online mob.”

Bannon’s “howling mob” is our reasonably offended potential attendees. 

By the way, Sally Yates is still scheduled to attend, and if I had a choice I would much prefer to hear from the Deputy Attorney General that Trump fired for doing to do her job than the White House advisor who helped to set Trump’s racist agenda. 

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  1. Beaglemom September 4, 2018 at 11:47 am

    What ever was Remnick thinking when he extended that not well thought out invitation to such a truly nasty excuse for a human being! I’m glad that the reaction was so swift and severe. Had Bannon actually appeared at the Festival I would have cancelled my 50+ year subscription to the magazine.

  2. Anonymous September 4, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Hard to blame the celebrities for not wanting to be associated with this asshole.

  3. Anonymous September 4, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    An online howling mob, are we? Takes one to know one, I guess.

    • Alfa FEmale September 4, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      HOWLllllling..mob..”The Alpha Female is a strong, majestic female. She can often be intimidating to those around her and isn’t afraid to ask for what she wants. She’s killing it in her career and has a solid group of friends to rely on. There’s nothing quite as brilliant as a woman with confidence and ambition.”

  4. puck September 4, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    he is a awful person-not fit to speak with “The New Yorker” a magazine with TASTE. why ask him to begin with?

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