The women of “The View” took aim at media mogul Rupert Murdoch during Thursday’s episode of the ABC talk show, taking him to task for a tweet in which he declared GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson would be a “real black president.”
Murdoch drew fire on Wednesday after tweeting, “Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide? And much else.”
Murdoch apologized Thursday, tweeting, “Apologies! No offense meant. Personally find both men charming.” However, the mea culpa didn’t seem to hold much water with “View” host Whoopi Goldberg.
“If that’s not what you meant to say, then you should say what you meant to say,” Goldberg said.
Goldberg then took on the fact that Murdoch was apparently referencing an article in New York magazine, which explored whether President Barack Obama has done enough for the black community.
“Listen, I’m part of the black community. I can actually take care of all the stuff I need,” Goldberg said. “But I’ll tell you, a lot of folks — black, white, Hispanic — are much better off than they were eight, 10 years ago.”
Goldberg went on to say that she’d rather not have a president who caters to one particular demographic over all others.
“I don’t want a black president who’s just taking care of black people. I don’t want a Hispanic president who’s just taking care of Hispanic people,” Goldberg said. “I want one president who’s taking care of everybody.”
The panel was divided on the topic, with Michelle Collins opining that it wasn’t a fair question, Raven-Symone suggesting that Minaj’s own actions display her flair for drama, and Joy Behar expressing fear of the rapper.
“I’m physically afraid of Nicki Minaj. I’d rather have the Taliban after me,” Behar said. “She’s tough, that girl.”
Goldberg, meanwhile, suggested that Minaj could have taken a different approach if she found the question objectionable.
“Maybe, Nicki, instead of powering out, could have just said, ‘Next question,'” Goldberg offered.