Naga Munchetty discovered the Donald Trump race row ‘very distressing’ (Image: BBC)
In 2019, the 74-year-old commander-in-chief tweeted his Democrat rivals – Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley – ought to ‘return’ to the international locations ‘from which they got here’ after they condoned his immigration insurance policies.
‘Everytime I’ve been advised as a girl of color to “go dwelling”, to “return to the place I’ve come from,” that was embedded in racism,’ Naga stated.
‘Now I’m not accusing anybody of something right here however you understand what sure phrases imply.’
Naga was backed wholeheartedly by her BBC Breakfast colleagues, however was initially discovered to have damaged the BBC’s impartiality pointers by the broadcaster’s Government Complaints Unit (ECU). This resolution was, nonetheless, overturned by then director-general, Tony Hall.
Greater than a 12 months later, the 45-year-old stated she ‘hated’ being the information relatively than reporting on it.
‘We’re not the story, we’re facilitators. It’s not what I’m excited by. I discovered it very distressing, to be fully sincere,’ she defined within the newest situation of Radio Occasions.
Nonetheless, and rightly so, she doesn’t remorse venting her frustration on air in any respect.
Following criticism over the BBC’s resolution to reprimand Naga, Mr Corridor praised the ‘distinctive journalist and presenter’.
‘Racism is racism and the BBC is just not neutral on the subject,’ he stated. ‘There was by no means a discovering towards Naga for what she stated concerning the President’s tweet.’
BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on BBC One.
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