Steve Bannon To Headline New Yorker Festival

on May 22, 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic.
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 22: Steve Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist to U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks at a debate with Lanny Davis, former special counsel to Bill Clinton, at Zofin Palace on May ... PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 22: Steve Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist to U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks at a debate with Lanny Davis, former special counsel to Bill Clinton, at Zofin Palace on May 22, 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic. The debate, moderated by former Czech ambassador to the U.S. Alexandr Vondra, was over the current course of America and was sponsored by Czechoslovak Group, a holding company of Czech and Slovak defense industry companies. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon will headline the annual New Yorker festival this year, according to a Monday New York Times report.

Editor David Remnick defended his decision to the Times.

“I have every intention of asking him difficult questions and engaging in a serious and even combative conversation,” he said. “The audience itself, by its presence, puts a certain pressure on a conversation that an interview alone doesn’t do. You can’t jump on and off the record.”

Some observers aren’t buying it, and argue that Bannon’s lack of role in the White House and demonstrated comfort espousing racist, anti-Semitic and xenophobic perspectives through his old website, Breitbart, make him an unacceptable guest who is being given an extremely large platform.

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