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BBC won’t reprimand anchor Naga Munchetty over Trump comments


The BBC decided it won’t reprimand anchor Naga Munchetty for describing President Trump’s language as racist.

The incident stems from a July tweet in which Trump tweeted that four Democratic congresswomen, all women of color, should “go back” to the “places from which they came.”

“Every time I have been told, as a woman of color, to go back to where I came from, that was embedded in racism," Munchetty said on a July 17 broadcast. "Now I’m not accusing anyone of anything here, but you know what certain phrases mean.”

After investigating, the BBC originally found last week that Munchetty went beyond reporting into impartiality by assigning motive to President Trump’s attack, something the organization said was to be left to their viewers.

However, Tony Hall, the BBC director general, overrode that judgement in an email sent to staff on Monday.

“Racism is racism and the BBC is not impartial on the topic," Hall wrote.

Hall added that he supported Munchetty.

"But, in this instance, I don't think Naga's words were sufficient to merit a partial uphold of the complaint around the comments she made.

"There was never any sanction against Naga and I hope this step makes that absolutely clear.

“She is an exceptional journalist and presenter and I am proud that she works for the BBC.”

Trump has repeatedly denied that his tweets about the four Congresswomen, Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, were racist.