Thursday, December 2, 2021

Fox News’ Rupert Murdoch Suggests Obama Isn’t a ‘Real Black President’; Apologizes Amid Backlash

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News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch delivers a keynote address at the National Summit on Education Reform on October 14, 2011 in San Francisco

*In tweets fawning over Republican candidate Ben Carson, Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch suggested that President Barack Obama isn’t a “real black president.”

The 84-year-old billionaire was praising Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson and his wife on Twitter Wednesday when he wrote: “Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide?”

Naturally, he received a torrent of backlash, which eventually led to an apology tweet: “Apologies! No offence meant. Personally find both men charming.”

He also recommended a New York magazine article asking whether Obama has done enough for the African-American community.

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The firestorm created by Murdoch’s original tweet included a rather strong reaction from CNN contributor Van Jones, a former environmental adviser to President Obama.

He  ripped Murdoch’s comments as “juvenile” and disgusting, suggesting they put the media mogul and Fox News’ values on full blast.

If Murdoch cares about black people, he “should tell the people at Fox News he does so, because you can’t tell by watching,” Jones told Don Lemon. “How can you have someone like Rupert Murdoch, with all his wealth and power, stoop so low to challenge somebody’s ethnicity” he asked.

Jones claimed Fox News has done everything in its power to undermine President Obama. He concluded that Fox News has been “an enemy of African-American struggles since it started.”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Bravo Van Jones! As a black person I suggest that we, as black people, couldn’t have a better representative in the White House than Obama!!! The republicans are trying to push Ben Carson into a favorable position with black people, in order to garner the black vote. However, like the other, self-loathing black republicans who’ve been kicked to the curb because of their inability to get black votes, will also be Ben Carson’s fate. Like most in the black community, he seems to have forgotten, or don’t realize that the republicans are a lily white party, and for him to align himself with them…well. And for him to think that he is exempt from the racist vitriol spewed about the first black president, I’m afraid he’s delusional. Besides, they know that those racist, bigoted red necks in the red states will not vote for this black man. There are some in the black community who buy the propaganda that this president hasn’t done enough for the black community. All I can say to this is what is happening in the black community happened long before the president was even born, let alone took office. Because he is not the employer doing the hiring, it is not his fault that the status quo still has that slanted playing field in practice. He has created jobs and hopefully this will change the lack of opportunity for blacks in this country; in fact, I’m sure it will.

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