How could you possibly construe that comment as racist? Poor Rupert!
Rupert Murdoch on Thursday apologized for his controversial tweet a night earlier in which he said America could use a “real” black person in the Oval Office.
The media mogul said he meant no harm with the tweet, in which he praised 2016 Republican candidate Ben Carson and took a thinly veiled swipe at President Obama.
"Apologies! No offence meant. Personally find both men charming," Murdoch tweeted Thursday morning, following a massive backlash to the original tweet.
“Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide? And much else,” the 84-year-old tycoon tweeted a night earlier.
The incendiary swipe at the commander-in-chief sparked outrage from celebrities like Star Jones and actor Harry Shearer.
“The day I start allowing @rupertmurdoch to define what it is to be #black ...is the day I turn in my #blackcard,” Jones tweeted.
“Can you please regularly advise black Americans on which of them is “real”, so they’ll be free of doubt?” Shearer wrote.