Rupert Murdoch Backtracks on "Jihadist" Tweet

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Rupert Murdoch

The media mogul is softening his remarks after receiving backlash

Rupert Murdoch says his controversial "jihadist cancer" tweet on Friday came off the wrong way. Aziz Ansari isn't buying it.

Murdoch wrote Wednesday, "Certainly did not mean all Muslims responsible for Paris attack. But Muslim community must debate and confront extremism." He added, "Tens of thousands of jihadi victims are Muslims and millions fighting back. But important for people of all faiths to address the threat."

Ansari has already issued a scathing response on his own Twitter account: "Hahahah you got forced to do a fake apology tweet!!! AHAHAHAHA YOU LOSER"

Murdoch was widely criticized over the weekend -- mostly by Ansari and other celebrities like J.K. Rowling -- for insinuating that all Muslims should be held responsible for the attack on Charlie Hebdo.

Murdoch wrote Friday, "Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible."

Rowling responded, "I was born Christian. If that makes Rupert Murdoch my responsibility, I'll auto-excommunicate."

Ansari called Murdoch a "racist piece of shit."

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