The bitter truth is that President Obama can't talk about race even if he wants to. This has absolutely nothing to do with his mixed racial upbringing, or his straddling of many worlds. It has everything to do with politics
It seems the country is operating with two sets of "facts" right now: the "facts" broadcasted on FOX, and the "facts" broadcasted on the mainstream media. When the truth no longer matters, it's time to worry.
Obama wants -- no desperately needs -- to win a big victory on health care, or at least the appearance of a victory, even if it means scrapping the only thing that really represents true health care reform.
Can anyone tell me of any wall to wall on-site coverage of peace movement events over the past six years where the corporate press offered extensive air-time to listen to progressive leaders? I don't recall that ever happening. Do you?
Corporate honchos at GE and News Corp making back-room editorial decisions for the "news" subsidiaries they control? I can't help but think it might not be the best thing for the integrity of journalism.