Washington Post editor Eugene Robinson has defended the decision by David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, to disinvite Steve Bannon from its festival. On today’s Morning Joe, Robinson argued that Remnick “didn’t actually have a choice” because the invitation had “upset” the New Yorker’s staff, contributors and other participants, several of whom announced that they would not participate if Bannon did.
Bannon has it right in calling Remnick’s reversal “gutless.” Remnick should have announced that even if there were no other participants, the festival would go forward with Bannon. That would not only have been gutsy, it would have led to a much more compelling conversation on diversity of opinion, and the way the left has been trying to suppress public speech by conservatives.
By caving to the pressure tactics of offended snowflakes, Remnick and The New Yorker make the perfect case-in-point as to the intolerance of the left for true “diversity” — that of thought.
But hey, The New Yorker does have Eugene Robinson to defend it. So there’s that.