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A Closer Look At Rupert Murdoch's 'Real Black President' Tweet

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks during a town hall event at River Woods September 30, 2015 in Exeter, New Hampshire. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks during a town hall event at River Woods September 30, 2015 in Exeter, New Hampshire. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Ben Carson is now defending Rupert Murdoch, after Murdoch tweeted about the Republican presidential hopeful in a way that some see as racist.

Murdoch tweeted on Wednesday: “Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide? And much else.”

The next day, he tweeted an apology: “Apologies! No offence meant. Personally find both men charming.”

Ben Carson told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer “I know Rupert Murdoch. He’s not a racist by any stretch of the imagination. He's just expressing his opinion. I think it's much to do about nothing.”

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Slate’s editor-in-chief Julia Turner about the tweets and the conversation around them.

Guest

  • Julia Turner, editor-in-chief of Slate. She tweets @juliaturner.
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