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Steve Bannon responds to ‘gutless’ New Yorker after Jimmy Fallon, Jim Carrey lead mob to ‘uninvite’ him

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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.

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“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.

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.”

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.

“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.

“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.

Frieda Powers


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