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.