CNN is reporting that late Wednesday evening, media tycoon Rupert Murdoch posted a tweet that appeared to question whether President Obama is a “real black” president.
Murdoch, 84, tweeted support for presidential candidate Ben Carson, saying that Carson would give the U.S. “a real black president who can properly address the racial divide.”
Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide? And much else.
— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) October 8, 2015
Murdoch’s support of Carson has consistently been quite vocal, but this tweet in particular ignited controversy throughout the mediasphere.
Many individuals felt that Murdoch’s comments were put forth to question President Obama’s race and identity.
The tweet instantly brought Murdoch under fire as people asked Murdoch to clarify exactly what he meant.
Star of the Simpsons Harry Shearer tweeted Murdoch asking that Murdoch elaborate to the larger African American community what it meant to “really” be black so that they would have no doubts about their standing in society.
Following the backlash Murdoch issued an apology via Twitter, saying:
“Apologies! No offence meant. Personally find both men [Obama & Carson] charming.”
Following this tweet Murdoch urged people to read a column entitled “Has Barack Obama Done Enough for African-Americans?”
Read more at CNN.
This post was written by Reginald Calhoun, editorial assistant for the Burton Wire. He is a senior Mass Media Arts major at Clark Atlanta University. Follow him on Twitter @IRMarsean.