Rupert Murdoch
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Rupert Murdochā€”a white man and 84-year-old billionaire who owns the world's second-largest news conglomerateā€”praised Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson in a tweet Wednesday night and suggested that the former neurosurgeon would be a "real black President."

https://twitter.com/rupertmurdoch/status/651924724960874497

"Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide? And much else," Murdoch tweeted, clearly taking a jab at the country's current black president, Barack Obama.

Murdoch kicked up dust around the idea that President Obama is not authentically black. Carson has become a right-wing darling known forĀ his contrarian views on race relationsā€”especially as a black manā€”and a few, well, outlandish statements he's made about black people ever since he threw his hat into the ring.

Most recently, Carson made a joke some viewed as inappropriate, about how he was able to run from cops as a black youth because officers weren't shooting people back then. He also has said that the Black Lives Matter activist group bullies people. So it makes sense that a conservative news giant like Murdoch (who owns Fox News) thinks that Carson is authentically blackā€”it's probably because Murdoch agrees with Carson's views.

After people fired back at Murdoch's tweet, he posted another tweet referencing a New York magazine article that he said describes how the minority community is disappointed with President Obama.

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https://twitter.com/rupertmurdoch/status/651926180766056448

After probably being bombarded with even more ire, Murdoch posted another tweet Thursday morning apologizing for his comment, and suggested that he finds both Obama and Carson "charming."Ā 

https://twitter.com/rupertmurdoch/status/652094791602319360

Murdoch should talk to real African and Hispanic Americans. He'll likely learn that we don't want Ben Carson representing our viewsā€”on any matter.

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