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Rupert Murdoch apologizes for suggesting Obama isn't a 'real black president'

The founder of the global News Corp. media empire, Rupert Murdoch, has apologized after suggesting that President Barack Obama isn't a "real black president."

Murdoch, founder of Fox News, tweeted his comment early Thursday

News Corp Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch is shown at a 2013 Wall Street Journal CEO council annual meeting in Washington, an event at which Barack Obama spoke. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

The founder of the global News Corp. media empire, Rupert Murdoch, has issued an apology after suggesting that President Barack Obama isn't a "real black president."

Murdoch was praising Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson and his wife on Twitter Wednesday evening when he wrote: "Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide?"

Later, Murdoch recommended a New York magazine article asking whether Obama has done enough for the African-American community.

On Thursday, Murdoch tweeted an apology, saying: "Personally find both men charming."

Murdoch is the founder of Fox News Channel, and News Corp's publications include The New York Post and The Wall Street Journal.

The 84-year-old Murdoch has praised Carson on Twitter before, calling him "irreproachable on background, achievements, character, vision."

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