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8 Rupert Murdoch Tweets That Sparked Controversy

8 Rupert Murdoch Tweets That Sparked Controversy
Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman News Corp and Chairman and CEO 21st Century Fox speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California, Oct. 29, 2014. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

By    |   Thursday, 08 October 2015 02:19 PM

Rupert Murdoch, the founder and executive chairman of News Corp, courted controversy on Wednesday when he suggested that President Barack Obama is not a "real black president."

At 84 years old, the Australian-born billionaire may be the most influential media mogul in the world, but he still takes to Twitter to announce his most important — and controversial — thoughts.

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1. Real black president
— "Don't miss Ben Carson tonight on Kelly File," Murdoch tweeted on Tuesday night, referring to the presidential candidate's scheduled appearances on Fox News' highly rated show. "Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide? And much else," he continued.
The remark, which many interpreted as implying that Obama was not really black, was soon walked back by the media mogul.

2. Muslim cancer
— A week after the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine were attacked by terrorists, Murdoch seemingly sought to hold all of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims accountable for the atrocity.
"Big jihadist danger looming everywhere from Philippines to Africa to Europe to US. Political correctness makes for denial and hypocrisy," he continued.

Many celebrities like J.K. Rowling, Aziz Ansari, and many more soon pointed out that not all Christians are responsible for past Christian atrocities, so Murdoch was using a double standard in his reasoning.

3. Trump wrong
— In July, Murdoch took issue with Donald Trump's comments on immigration.

4. Exodus
— Last year, controversy erupted around Ridley Scott's movie "Exodus: Gods and Kings" after many noticed that the cast was predominantly and anachronistically white. Weighing in on the subject, Murdoch preceded to dig himself a hole.
"Everybody-attacks last tweet," he continued. "Of course Egyptians are Middle Eastern, but far from black. They treated blacks as slaves. Okay, there are many shades of color. Nothing racist about that, so calm down! Change the subject. What chance more decent jobs as Europe, Japan, Russia, India, China all start to head south? Dangerous time."

5. The Sydney hostage crisis
— Murdoch was called a "gleeful ghoul" after he congratulated the News Corp-owned Daily Telegraph for reporting the "bloody outcome" of the 16-hour standoff with gunman Man Haron Monis, which ended in the killing of two hostages. Many pointed out that not only was the tweet in poor taste, but that the Daily Telegraph at one point incorrectly reported the number of hostages, as well as Monis' non-existent link to ISIS.

6. 400-pound woman
— In January 2013, a 400-pound social worker from Queens survived a potentially fatal fall with a broken arm after a Manhattan sidewalk collapsed into the vault cellar of a building that had several open violations.
He soon apologized in a follow-up tweet, writing, "Did not mean to be unsympathetic to 400 lb lady, but fact remains unhealthy eating by rich and poor driving up premiums for all."

7. Israel
— In 2012, Murdoch set off a firestorm with a tweet that many said sounded like a longstanding and untrue anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.
Charitably, many in the media interpreted the tweet as a specific attack on News Corp competitor The New York Times, whose chairman and publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., is of Jewish descent. Murdoch soon apologized, tweeting, "'Jewish owned press' have been sternly criticised, suggesting link to Jewish reporters. Don't see this, but apologise unreservedly."

8. Vacations
— Just days after Murdoch joined Twitter in 2012, he tweeted, "Maybe Brits have too many holidays for broke country!" while on vacation himself in the Caribbean. The tweet received so much backlash that Murdoch soon deleted it, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

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Rupert Murdoch, the founder and executive chairman of News Corp, courted controversy on Wednesday when he suggested that President Barack Obama is not a "real black president." Here are eight Murdoch tweets that have sparked controversy.
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