There’s a new front in the culture war: magazine conferences. Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, was disinvited from the New Yorker’s Festival of Ideas after other speakers threatened to withdraw. New Yorker editor David Remnick said that he would instead seek to interview Bannon, who has been accused of racially charged rhetoric, "in a more traditionally journalistic setting … not on stage". The Economist, however, still plans to host Bannon on stage at its festival next week, arguing the "future of open societies will not be secured by like-minded people speaking to each other in an echo chamber". The Financial Times hosted a Q&A with Bannon in March. If some liberal and centrist groups are going to give right-wing populists a platform at their events, shouldn’t right-wing populists at least return the favour? Dear Mrs Clinton, We are delighted to invite you to the forthcoming Fox News and National Rifle Association conference, entitled "Drain the swamp, or die ...

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