Murdoch apologizes after social media blast him for hinting Obama not ‘a real black president’

Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of News Corporation © Jason Reedand and U.S. President Barack Obama © Larry Downing
Rupert Murdoch faced a huge backlash on social media after he praised an African American presidential candidate in a way that implied Barack Obama was not “a real black president.” The media mogul was then forced to apologize for his tweet.

Murdoch was speaking about Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson and his wife, calling them “terrific.” 

"What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide? And much else," Murdoch wrote, evidently referring to Barack Obama, the first US African American president.

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To prove his point, the media mogul called on his followers on Twitter to read New York magazine for “minority community disappointment with POTUS.”

Murdoch’s comment provoked a storm on social media. Users repeatedly asked what exactly Murdoch meant by “a real black President.”

However, there were a few users who supported Murdoch’s idea, calling Carson a “real black American.”