Who's right about The New Yorker's Steve Bannon mess?

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What's this all about?

The New Yorker announced that it had invited white supremacist and former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon to appear at its upcoming (Oct. 5-7) New Yorker Festival. And then some people who were also participating in the event—slated to do interviews (or "conversations") on stage—started noticing and objecting. Key among them: Director Judd Apatow ("The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Knocked Up," "Funny People," "This Is 40," "Trainwreck"), who on Monday tweeted:

Losing Apatow would obviously be a blow. How did The New Yorker react?

In-house they probably started freaking out—because Apatow's tweet unleashed the floodgates and other New Yorker Festival participants started pulling out, causing the event to basically collapse. Comedian John Mulaney was next:

And then actor-comedian Jim Carrey:

And then actor-comedian Patton Oswalt:

And then director-comedian Bo Burnham (whose "Eighth Grade," side note, is one of the best films of the year):

And then?

And then, 19 minutes after Burnham's tweet, The New Yorker issued a statement from its editor:

By the way, some news outlets have reported that Jimmy Fallon's exit from The New Yorker Festival also factored into Remnick's reversal. But Fallon actually tweeted "I'm out" a few minutes after Remnick's statement was released on Twitter:

Got it. Anyway, controversy over?

Not quite. As of this writing, we haven't seen any "I'm back in" tweets—and people are still pissed Bannon was invited in the first place. Also, City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism Professor Jeff Jarvis and others noticed something jarring in the last paragraph of Remnick's statement:

Remnick had written that "we pay an honorarium" and "for travel and lodging" for The New Yorker Festival participants—as opposed to interview subjects for the magazine or its radio program—and closed his statement by saying that "if the opportunity presents itself I'll interview him [Bannon] in a more traditionally journalistic setting, as we first discussed, and not on stage."

Oh dear. What are the chances that Bannon will now tell Remnick, "Sure, I'll talk to you for free."

Slim to none. Bannon gave this statement to The New York Times:

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.

Any backlash to the backlash from anyone other than Bannon?

A bit—most notably from The New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell, who last night tweeted:

UPDATE: Gladwell elaborated on his point with another tweet this morning:

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