The New Yorker’s editor-in-chief, David Remnick, was scheduled to interview Steve Bannon during the publication’s coming annual festival. But once the announcement was dropped, several “giants” of the virtue-signaling entertainment industry promptly denounced the magazine for “normalizing hate.”
The following day, Bannon’s invitation had been withdrawn.
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
In an article for Reason, Robby Soave lamented the magazine’s decision, explaining the the more the left fights the likes of Bannon, President Donald Trump, and the ideas they espouse, the stronger Trump supporters become. He even called critics to promptly threaten to leave the festival “naive,” adding that while the magazine is a private enterprise that has the right to ban whomever they want, “if bad ideas are so contagious that we must greet them with reflexive, unthinking censorship, we are already doomed.”
But as the 2016 election proved, we are and have been doomed for quite some time. Not because Trump was elected, but because those who often put the concept of Democracy before the U.S. Constitution were suddenly caught vilifying the majority of Americans who put Trump in the White House.
For months before the election and then ever since, the left has done nothing but to belittle, attack, and marginalize Trump’s supporters, quickly making Bannon a star among these “deplorables” precisely because of the left’s intransigence.
Still, even now, they seem oblivious of this fact.
“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,” Remnick said while justifying the decision to drop Bannon. But the editor’s response wasn’t enough for Trump’s former right-hand man.
“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 wrote in an email statement.
If the left was invested in changing minds and shortening the gap between them and those who support Trump, the obvious strategy would be to discuss these ideas in the open.
Those who fear the public debate suggest they are, in fact, afraid they may not be able to successfully debate these so-called hate-filled point of views with worthy arguments of their own.
The fact Remnick gave in to the mob speaks volumes as to how poorly he and his event goers think of their own ideas.