Radio host and best-selling author Eric Metaxas will interview former Trump administration adviser Steve Bannon after the controversial right-wing personality was dis-invited from the New Yorker Festival.
New Yorker editor David Remnick canceled Bannon’s invitation to be interviewed at the festival within hours of announcing the interview on Monday, following intense public outcry.
This opposition included celebrities planning to attend the festival, including actor Jim Carrey, comedian Patton Oswalt, and late night program host Jimmy Fallon.
In an episode of his podcast “The Eric Metaxas Show” that aired Tuesday, the conservative Christian author announced that he was going to interview Bannon at a future event.
Metaxas explained that he reached out to Bannon’s representatives and they agreed, though a specific date had not yet been chosen. Driving his decision, explained Metaxas, was the New Yorker‘s cancellation.
“It’s very important in this country, folks, I just want to say this, that we keep our mind open and that we allow people to have their say,” stated Metaxas.
Metaxas bemoaned Remnick’s decision to cancel Bannon’s interview, noting that he “could have asked him anything,” including critical questions. This led Metaxas to believe that “I need to do something.”
Metaxas is not alone in his criticism of Remnick’s cancellation decision. Jack Shafer, senior media writer at Politico, said in a column published Tuesday that the New Yorker editor “should have stuck to his guns.”
“Talking to a monster is not necessarily an endorsement of a monster’s ideas. The whole episode is enough to make you wonder whether the celebrities who bailed from the festival even read the magazine,” wrote Shafer.
“By playing the guardian, Bannon’s foes think they’re protecting the masses. Instead, they’ve allowed him to play the martyr — and only made him stronger.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski