Murdoch Wants a ‘Real Black President’


Rupert Murdoch[Update below.] News Corp chief Rupert Murdoch has once again sailed into controversy on Twitter, igniting an online furor by suggesting that President Barack Obama isn’t a “real black.”

Murdoch was praising Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson and his wife on Twitter on Wednesday evening when he wrote: “Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide?”

Later, Murdoch recommended a New York Magazine article asking whether Obama has done enough for the African-American community.

The social media response was swift.

Murdoch is the founder of Fox News Channel, and News Corp’s publications include The Australian, The Herald Sun, The New York Post and The Wall Street Journal.

The 84-year-old has praised Dr Carson on Twitter before, calling him “irreproachable on background, achievements, character, vision.” Read more.

UPDATE — 9:50 a.m. ET: Murdoch tweeted his apologies for causing a firestorm:

Apologies! No offence meant. Personally find both men charming.