Rupert Murdoch Now Sorry for Suggesting Obama Is Not a “Real Black President”
Prior to Barack Obama being elected president, there was a lot of debate on whether Obama would identify as black or biracial. Within the black community, there were some questioning whether Obama would fight for the interests of black people once elected. Those debates were mostly within the black community, but that all changed Wednesday night when a conservative media mogul chimed in.
In a tweet Rupert Murdoch suggested that Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is somehow blacker than President Obama.
Murdoch, the executive chairman of News Corporation, is now apologizing for a tweet concluding that President Obama is not a “real black president.”
After Ben Carson appeared on Fox News, Murdoch tweeted, “What about a real black president to address the racial divide.”
Immediately critics began asking what credentials Murdoch has which allow him to question anyone’s blackness.
In his defense, Murdoch pointed to an article in New York magazine that asked whether Obama had done enough to help the African-American community.
“That’s one of the fundamental paradoxes of Obama’s presidency — that we have the Black Lives Matter movement under a black president,” says Fredrick Harris, a political scientist at Columbia University, who was interviewed for the article. “Your man is in office, and you have this whole movement around criminal-justice reform asserting black people’s humanity?”
Murdoch later sent out a tweet that read “Apologies! No offence meant. Personally find them both charming.”
It is obvious, however, that Murdoch’s a huge fan of Carson, tweeting earlier this week: “Everywhere pundits keep underestimating Ben Carson. But public understand humility as admirable, listen to the multi-faceted strong message.”
Murdoch’s company owns Fox News Channel, The New York Post, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as news outlets in the U.K.