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Rupert Murdoch under fire over tweet about 'real black President'

It’s been suggested the media mogul may need a Twitter editor (at the very least).

MEDIA MOGUL RUPERT Murdoch has come in for quite a bit of criticism online for the tweet below – with some Twitter users suggesting he meant to imply that Barack Obama was somehow NOT a real black president.

This was the initial problematic tweet, referring to Republican White House hopeful Ben Carson:

The News Corporation founder then referenced a New York magazine article about “minority community disappointment”.

Cue Twitter outrage… 

A number of well-known names even piled-on, including producer Norman Lear, and Simpsons star Harry Shearer:  

There were hundreds of responses, in fact – you can read the whole lot here (if that’s the sort of thing you’re into).

It’s not the first time Murdoch has indicated his support for Carson – a former brain surgeon who’s been performing well in the GOP primary polls.

Carson himself is quite a controversial figure, it should be pointed out – recently he made headlines for suggesting that Islam was antithetical to the US constitution. He added that he didn’t believe a Muslim should be elected president.

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Anyway, Murdoch’s been back online since this whole thing blew up, with the following apology:

Read: This controversial brain surgeon is running for the White House and his announcement was very (very) odd

Read: ‘We’re going to be looking at that’ – Donald Trump when asked about ‘getting rid’ of Muslims

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