Murdoch Sorry About 'Real Black President' Dig

Initial tweet was in support of Ben Carson
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2015 12:41 AM CDT
Updated Oct 8, 2015 10:46 AM CDT
Murdoch: How About a 'Real Black President?'
Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of News Corporation, listens to a question during a panel discussion in Sydney last year.   (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)

Sounds like President Obama just isn't black enough for Rupert Murdoch. "Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black president who can properly address the racial divide? And much else," the media tycoon tweeted Wednesday night. The 84-year-old Fox News owner's suggestion that Obama, whose mother was white, isn't a real black president, "flabbergasted online onlookers," according to CNN, which found that a Fox spokeswoman was unwilling to comment in the immediate aftermath. Murdoch himself issued a mea culpa Thursday morning in a tweet, however: "Apologies!" No offence meant. Personally find both men charming."

Prior to that, however, he had suggested via tweet that people read New York magazine to learn about "minority community disappointment" with Obama, reports the Guardian. (Carson has been causing uproar with some comments of his own.)

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