Rupert Murdoch in 'real black president' dig at Obama
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has suggested that US president Barack Obama is not a "real black president".
The 84-year-old founder of the News Corp media empire was praising black Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson and his wife on Twitter when he wrote: "Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide?"
Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide? And much else.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) October 8, 2015
Later, Mr Murdoch recommended a New York magazine article asking whether Mr Obama has done enough for the African-American community.
Mr Murdoch, who founded Fox News Channel, has praised retired neurosurgeon Mr Carson on Twitter before, calling him "irreproachable on background, achievements, character, vision".
News Corp's US publications include The New York Post and The Wall Street Journal.
Following his cvomment, Mr Murdoch received a barrage of abuse via the social network.
.@rupertmurdoch I wasn't previously aware there was only one eligible shade of black— Abyd Karmali (@AbydKarmali1967) October 8, 2015