Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson refused to say if President Obama is a "real black president" while defending Fox News CEO Rupert Murdoch on CNN on Oct. 8 (video below).
Murdoch got in hot water on Oct. 7 when tweeted, "Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide? And much else."
As a defense, Murdoch followed up with: "Read New York magazine for minority community disappointment with POTUS."
The New York Magazine article interviewed black professors and liberal civil rights leaders (some who have been vilified on Fox News for years) expressing how they wish Obama would have been able to do more during his presidency on their issues.
On Oct. 8, Murdoch tweeted, "Apologies! No offence meant. Personally find both men charming."
During an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Carson insisted that Murdoch was “not a racist by any stretch of the imagination, he's just expressing his opinion."
Carson went on to claim that Obama has not been "beneficial" to the black community, and said that was what Murdoch was referring to.
NewsOne, a news website that focuses on African-Americans, noted several of Obama's accomplishments for the black community.
Back on CNN, Blitzer asked Carson, "You believe the president is a real black president, right?"
"I wouldn't even get into such a conversation," Carson replied.
"It's a simple question, is President Obama a real black president?" Blitzer asked, a second time.
"Well, he's the president and he's black," Carson replied.
"So, he's a real black president?" Blitzer asked, a third time.
"If, again, you know, we're dealing with semantics," Carson replied. "As you know, I'm the last person who wants to play around with semantics and political correctness."
Carson went on to say that Murdoch apologized because people took his tweets the wrong way, and claimed there were "so many more important issues to deal with."
Carson did agree with Blitzer that Obama was born in the U.S., but when he was asked if Obama was a Christian, Carson said twice he would have to take him at his word.