Published On: Wed, Sep 25th, 2019

BBC upholds complaint Naga Munchetty broke rules by branding Trump ‘racist’ on air | UK | News

The BBC’s executive complaints unit (ECU) upheld complaints made about Ms Munchetty’s assertion that Mr Trump’s comments were embedded in racism. A BBC spokeswoman said: “The ECU ruled that while Ms Munchetty was entitled to give a personal response to the phrase ‘go back to your own country’ as it was rooted in her own experience, overall her comments went beyond what the guidelines allow for.” The ruling comes after the host spoke of her own personal experiences during a segment on BBC Breakfast in July.

She said: “Every time I have been told, as a woman of colour, to go back to where I came from, that was embedded in racism.

“Now, I’m not accusing anyone of anything here, but you know what certain phrases mean.”

President Trump had posted several messages on Twitter that made references to Democrat Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley.

All of the women come from ethnic minorities and and criticised his stance on immigration.

He posted a brash Tweet that read: “So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run.

“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.

“Then come back and show us how it is done. “These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”

Ms Pelosi then attacked him on social media for the remarks.

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The BBC’s ruling comes just 24 hours after the broadcaster also condemned Emily Maitlis for ‘sneering and bullying’ towards Rod Liddle on Newsnight.

The BBC concluded that Ms Maitlis acted too “persistent and personal” towards The Sun columnist during the programme aired on July 15, sparking fury from viewers who said she had “failed to be even-handed”.

In the BBC’s ruling, it said the host was right to press Mr Liddle on his personal views and that he had an opportunity to defend himself.

The complaints department added: “However it was insufficiently clear that this was not Ms Maitlis’s view of Mr Liddle but that of his critics, and the persistent and personal nature of the criticism risked leaving her open to the charge that she had failed to be even-handed between the two guests.”

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