Rupert Murdoch Implies Obama Is Not 'Real Black President' In Tweet Praising Republican Candidate

Rupert Murdoch Spectacularly Enters Race Debate Over Next US President

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has entered the foray raging among White House-hopefuls in the US by suggesting that Barack Obama is not a "real black president".

The Times and Sun owner praised Republican candidate Ben Cason and his wife on Twitter this week, but also seemingly took a racially charged swipe at the current Democrat leader.

Murdoch described Carson as "terrific", having previously praised the 64-year-old African-American for being "irreproachable on background, achievements, character, vision".

But Murdoch added in his contentious post on Wednesday: "What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide?"

Ben and Candy Carson pictured in a Phoenix, Arizona rally

In a follow-up tweet, the News UK owner referenced a New York Magazine article about the "minority community" and its disappointment with America's first black leader.

Several hours later, Murdoch apologised in a follow-up post, insisting he meant no offence with his original remarks and personally found "both men [Obama and Carson] charming".

Obama is set to step down as President in 2016, after a bitter battle between the eventually-chosen candidates from both Republican and Democrat parties go head-to-head next November.

Figures competing to succeed him include Jeb Bush, Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump.


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