*Rupert Murdoch may look like a man with only one foot out of the grave, but his typing fingers seem to be going strong. Now he is apologizing for a tweet he sent out making a snide swipe at President Barack Obama while giving a thumbs up to 2016 presidential candidate, black republican, Ben Carson.
Murdoch’s tweet referred to the need to have a “real” black president in the White House.
Well, as you can imagine, that didn’t sit too well with many people, including Star Jones, who tweeted:
“The day I start allowing @rupertmurdoch to define what it is to be #black …is the day I turn in my #blackcard.”
According to the Daily News, on Thursday morning as Murdoch awakened to what must have been an onslaught of backlash to his original tweet, he wrote:
“Apologies! No offence meant. Personally find both men charming.”
Charming? It doesn’t get more typical than that.
In his original tweet, the 84-year-old media mogul stated:
“Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide? And much else.”
Actor Harry Shearer, a comedian and voice actor known for his numerous roles on “The Simpsons” since 1989, had a clever and funny response to Murdoch’s tweet:
“Can you please regularly advise black Americans on which of them is “real”, so they’ll be free of doubt?”
And the responses just kept coming. With several of them pointed at the Fox News Channel, which is owned by Murdoch.
“Rupert Murdoch, brah, if ur concerned about bridging the racial divide, how ’bout pulling the plug on that new-fangled Klan rally, Fox News?” asked actor Jeffrey Wright.
Murdoch had at first made a desperate attempt to justify his original tweet, by directing readers to an article in New York Magazine which wrote about how disappointed the black community is in Barack Obama.
“Read New York magazine for minority community disappointment with POTUS,” he had quickly tweeted.
But it did zilch to calm the stormy waters he had created. Seems the apology was his last resort.