Steve Bannon Calls David Remnick 'Gutless'

New Yorker makes embarrassing climb down and CANCELS Steve Bannon's festival appearance

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 New York Times reported that Bannon would appear for an interview with the magazine's editor and frequent Trump critic David Remnick, who told the Times he had no plans to coddle the former White House chief strategist. "I don't want well-meaning readers and staff members to think that I've ignored their concerns". "But I would have thought that the point of a festival of ideas was to expose the audience to ideas".

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.

Steve Bannon delivers a speech during the French far-right Front National (FN) party annual congress, March 10, 2018 in Lille, France. He claimed interviewing Bannon, "one of Trumpism's leading creators and organisers", was not tantamount to pulling him out of obscurity as the former aide was already a public figure.

David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, explained his decision in a lengthy statement. Just hours after it was revealed that The New Yorker Festival had invited Steve Bannon as a headline interviewee, some high-profile names are withdrawing from the event. "I have every intention of asking him hard questions and engaging in a serious and even combative conversation", Remnick said.

As of publication, Jim Carrey, Jack Antonoff, Patton Oswalt, and Bo Burnham have also canceled their scheduled appearances.

Mr Bannon hit out at Remnick for backtracking after "seven weeks of continuous requests" to get him to accept the invite.

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Chelsea Clinton tweeted at The Economist and New Yorker Monday, calling the decision to invite Bannon "normalization of bigotry".

And when New Yorker staff writer Alexandra Schwartz tweeted, "I am hugely relieved that the event will not happen", economist and author Malcolm Gladwell replied, "Call me old-fashioned". And me? On the same program? "Maybe they should read their own reporting about his ideology", film producer Judd Apatow said.

"I apologize to Susan Morrison as I was really looking forward to our conversation".

"I'm out. Sorry, NewYorker. But hard pass on this amateur-night sonofab--h".

Remnick said he had hoped to challenge Bannon's controversial ideas in the unique setting provided by the festival. "The reason for my acceptance was simple: I would be facing one of the most fearless journalists of his generation".

'I'm out, ' Tonight Show host Fallon tweeted on Monday in response to a New York Times link to its story about Bannon's invitation.

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