New Mexico Politics From the Local Perspective: BBC Reporter Defends His Reporting

New Mexico Politics From the Local Perspective (9/23/08)

BBC Reporter Defends His Reporting

Jon Kelly is standing by the controversial quote which has landed Fernando C. de Baca in hot water. Kelly wrote this:

“The truth is that Hispanics came here as conquerors,” he said. “African-Americans came here as slaves.”Hispanics consider themselves above blacks. They won’t vote for a black president.”

C. de Baca pushed back, saying he was quoted out of context by the BBC reporter in an interview with Peter St. Cyr.The BBC has issued a statement from Patricia Lodge, the International Communications Manager of BBC Global News.

“Jon Kelly accurately reported what Fernando C. de Baca said to him about Hispanic perceptions towards African Americans. The BBC has not received any complaints about the report from Mr de Baca or the Republican Party.”

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