Once again the left has shown they are anything but tolerant and are cowards when faced with opposing views.
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon slammed the “gutless” editor of the New Yorker for caving in to threats by liberals and disinviting him from its upcoming festival.
“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 wrote 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,” he said.
For anyone who wonders what normalization of bigotry looks like, please look no further than Steve Bannon being invited by both @TheEconomist & @NewYorker to their respective events in #NYC a few weeks apart. https://t.co/u0TDfCYrQ1
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) September 3, 2018
The magazine’s editor in chief David Remnick, a consistent critic of President Donald Trump, explained his spineless decision to rescind the invitation amid backlash by other guest speakers such as Judd Apatow, Jim Carrey, John Mulaney, and Jack Antonoff.
“I’ve thought this through and talked to colleagues — and I’ve re-considered,” Remnick wrote in a note to his staff. “There is a better way to do this. 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.”
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) September 3, 2018
The announcement Monday that Bannon would be headlining the annual festival and would be interviewed by Remnick set off a wave of backlash from others in the lineup which includes celebrities such as Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Patton Oswalt, Christine Baranski, Jimmy Fallon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, MSNBC host Chris Hayes, California Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, who was fired by Trump after refusing to back the president’s initial travel ban.
Bannon? And me? On the same program?
Could never happen.
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) September 3, 2018
I’m out. https://t.co/JkIOGqCxaM
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) September 3, 2018
If Steve Bannon is at the New Yorker festival I am out. I will not take part in an event that normalizes hate. I hope the @NewYorker will do the right thing and cancel the Steve Bannon event. Maybe they should read their own reporting about his ideology.
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) September 3, 2018
I’m out. I genuinely support public intellectual debate, and have paid to see people speak with whom I strongly disagree. But this isn’t James Baldwin vs William F Buckley. This is PT Barnum level horseshit. And it was announced on a weekend just before tix went on sale. https://t.co/oYk1llNgvV
— John Mulaney (@mulaney) September 3, 2018
I apologize to Susan Morrison as I was really looking forward to our conversation. And I look forward to future @NewYorker Fests & other public, even heated, debates between different voices. But hard pass on this amateur-night sonofabitch.
— John Mulaney (@mulaney) September 3, 2018
i’m no longer going to be speaking/performing at the new yorker festival as long as steve bannon is there
— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) September 3, 2018
“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,” Remnick said in a statement acknowledging the political differences he had with Bannon.
A statement from David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, explaining his decision to no longer include Steve Bannon in the 2018 New Yorker Festival. pic.twitter.com/opayiw5GQ2
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) September 3, 2018
“There’s no illusion here. It’s obvious that no matter how tough the questioning, Bannon is not going to burst into tears and change his view of the world. 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,” he wrote.
Tail between his legs, Remnick’s announcement that he would interview Bannon “in a more traditionally journalistic setting” rather than push back on the tantrum-throwing intolerant liberals was mocked by Twitter users who called him and others out for their lack of backbone.
Let him speak his mind. If you have right on your side, what do you care what he believes?
— Merdies Hayes (@mrhayes1029) September 3, 2018
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) September 4, 2018
Apparently, Bannon has been disinvited, but does some one with different views than you, hurt your feelings so much that you won’t be at the same event?
— Corey Dufrene (@c0ldrink) September 3, 2018
In other words, the New Yorker is intolerant of dissent and opposed to a free press. I totally get it, as was fired from CNN for writing this column defending a free press. https://t.co/QKjtSXiTqu Utterly shameful of New Yorker. Just…wow. The Neville Chamberlain of the media.
— Jeff Lord (@realJeffreyLord) September 4, 2018
Call it what you will. Cancelling Bannon in the face of objections is a cop out.
— William MacKenzie (@billmackenz44) September 4, 2018
Why is it, that all our enlightened media and universities seem to silence the voice and freedom of speech for those they do not agree with? The liberal equivalent of the McCarthyism and black lists. No tolerance for dissent.
— PappaSierra (@Bravo387) September 4, 2018
Ah yes. Free speech. All the time. Cowards!!!!!
— Secretariat (@ParkHillsPam) September 3, 2018
More tolerance from the left. Agree with us or shut up!
— Justsa Guy (@JustaGuyuDontNo) September 3, 2018
The collective liberal meltdown over Steve Bannon being *interviewed* at the New Yorker festival is a sign of deep intellectual insecurity.
— Jamie Kirchick (@jkirchick) September 3, 2018
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