Description: Christy George reports on racist remarks made by Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder on national television. George notes that Snyder made offensive remarks about the superiority of African American athletes and their lack of qualifications for management positions. George's report includes footage of Snyder making the remarks on television. George reviews the controversy surrounding the remarks, which led up to Snyder being fired by CBS. George's report includes footage of Jesse Jackson (African American political leader), Al Campanis (General Manager, Los Angeles Dodgers) and Brent Musberger (CBS Sports). Interviews with fans and athletes about Snyders comments and about African American coaches and managers in professional sports. Hank Finkel (radio commentator), Mark Acres (Boston Celtics), Dennis Johnson (Boston Celtics), and K.C. Jones (Boston Celtics) are interviewed. George notes that professional sports leagues need to improve their record of hiring African American managers and coaches. This edition of the Ten O'Clock News also included the following item: Henry Hampton calls for more campus activism in an address at Boston University
1:00:22: Visual: Footage of Brent Musberger (CBS Sports) saying that CBS Sports is ending its association with Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder (sports commentator). Christy George notes that CBS Sports fired Snyder for making offensive comments; that Snyder was asked to comment on how far African Americans have come in professional sports. V: Shots of Snyder at reporting at a football game; of Snyder with another commentator on the set of CBS Sports. George reports that Snyder said that African Americans dominate sports because they were bred for strength. V: Footage of Snyder saying that slave owners bred black slaves to be strong; that black athletes have bigger thighs which allow them to run faster and jump higher. Christy George reports from the floor of the Boston Garden. George says that Celtics' fans at the Boston Garden have mixed feelings about Snyders' remarks. V: Footage of a white male basketball fan saying that black slaves were bred for strength "in the old days"; that Snyder did not mean to be racist. Footage of another white male basketball fan saying that Snyder probably did not think he said anything wrong; that Snyder should not be on network television. Footage of a white male basketball fan saying that Snyder was out of line; that athletes should be compared on the basis of skill, not skin color. Footage of an African American male basketball fan saying that he never would have said what Snyder said. George reports that there is a backlash brewing against CBS Sports; that Jesse Jackson (candidate for US President) defended Snyder. George notes that some people are saying that Snyder's remarks were not racist; that Snyder was pointing out a truth about professional sports. V: Shots of Snyder; of Jackson; of Al Campanis (Los Angeles Dodgers) speaking to a reporter. Footage of a Boston Celtics game against the Golden State Warriors. Footage of a white male basketball fan saying that African Americans are better athletes than whites. Footage of a white male basketball fan saying that Snyder's comments about breeding were ridiculous; that African American players are dominant in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Footage of a white male basketball fan saying that qualified African Americans should be hired as coaches. Footage of a Boston Celtics game. Shot of Golden State Warriors players sitting on their bench. George reports that athletes take offense to racial stereotypes. V: Footage of Hank Finkel (radio commentator) saying that Snyder should not have made the remarks. Footage of Dennis Johnson (Boston Celtics) saying that African Americans are striving for equality in all spheres of society. Footage of Mark Acres (Boston Celtics) saying that some people grow up with racist stereotypes. Footage of Snyder saying that there will be no role for whites if African Americans start to coach professional sports. Footage of a Boston Celtics game. George notes that K.C. Jones (Boston Celtics) is the best coach in the N.B.A. V: Footage of Jones saying that there are no African American coaches in basketball or football; that some still believe that African Americans are not qualified to be in positions of authority. Footage of a Boston Celtics game. George reports that Snyder has apologized for his remarks; that professional sports leagues need to make better progress in hiring African American managers and coaches.
Collection: Ten O'Clock News
Date Created: 01/18/1988
Description: Kris Rondeau speaks at a rally, intercut with shots of attendees. She talks about the success of the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers and their disputes with Harvard administration. She ends by introducing Jesse Jackson. Jackson leads a chant of “Keep Hope Alive!” for a couple of seconds. He speaks about worker pay, the economy, and Harvard. He speaks about workers at Harvard and claims that they cannot pay Harvard tuition. He speaks about hospital workers who cannot afford healthcare and states the need for a national healthcare plan. He speaks about equal pay for women, benefits for workers, and other problems in America. He speaks about the need for coalition and the need to push for change. He speaks about his plan to meet with Harvard’s president and what he will discuss. He speaks about Harvard’s endowment and its character. He speaks again about the need for coalition. He speaks about mistreatment of minorities in World War II, links this to current situations in Haiti, Somalia, Bosnia, and South Africa, and to current situations in the U.S. He speaks about the L.A. Riots and racism. He ends the speech with calls to action and takes a press question about his plan to meet with Harvard’s president. Credits over shot of statue and protest sign, over audio of man and chorus singing.
Collection: CCTV
Description: David Boeri reports that Pat Robertson, a Republican US Presidential candidate, is confident of success in the Super Tuesday primary elections. Robertson has strong support in the South. His success could threaten the campaigns of candidates in both parties, including Al Gore. Interview with Robertson, who says that he is the only conservative candidate in a position to win. Al Gore and Tipper Gore campaigning. Republican candidate Jack Kemp. Jackson campaigning in New Hampshire. Boeri reports that Jesse Jackson did well in the Iowa caucuses, and expects to do well in the New Hampshire primaries. Interview with Jackson.
1:00:07: Visual: Footage of Pat Robertson (Republican candidate for US President) being interviewed by David Boeri. Robertson predicts that he will place among the top three candidates in the New Hampshire Primary; that he will win every state in the Super Tuesday presidential primaries except for Missouri and Maryland. Shot of Robertson at a campaign rally. A large banner behind him reads "Americans for Robertson." The audience applauds. Footage of Robertson speaking in New Hampshire on September 25, 1987. Robertson says that a few people can change the course of the nation. Boeri reports that Robertson has always projected an air of confidence; that Robertson placed second in an upset in the Iowa caucuses. Boeri notes that Jack Kemp (Republican candidate for US President) has lost conservative votes to Robertson. V: Shots of Robertson waving to supporters; of Kemp speaking; of Robertson waving as he exits an airplane. Boeri notes that Robertson's base of support lies in the South. V: Footage of Boeri asking Robertson if he expects to be a frontrunner after the Super Tuesday primaries. Robertson says that he is the only conservative candidate who is in a position to win. Boeri reports that Robertson's success could spell trouble for Republican and Democratic candidates; that the campaign of Al Gore (Democratic candidate for US President) is centered in the South. V: Shot of Richard Gephardt (Democratic candidate for US President). Shot of Al Gore speaking to a small group of people. Tipper Gore (wife of Al Gore) sits beside him. Shots of Gore shaking hands with voters; of Al Gore and Tipper Gore exiting a building. Boeri reports that eight of fourteen Southern and border states allow crossover voting in the primary elections; that Robertson could end up with votes from conservative Democratic voters. V: Footage of Jesse Jackson (Democratic US Presidential candidate) addressing a crowd at the Mall of New Hampshire on February 16, 1988. Jackson says that "the people can win." Shots of Jackson greeting voters. Boeri reports that Jackson did well in the Iowa caucuses. V: Footage of Jackson saying that he will beat Democratic candidates Gore, Gary Hart, and Bruce Babbit in the New Hampshire primaries; that he has not spent much time or money in "Dukakis's backyard." Shot of Jackson having his photo taken in front of the fall foliage in New Hampshire in October of 1987. Jackson turns away from the photographers and enters a building. Boeri notes that Robertson and Jackson are leaving the North to return to their bases of support in the South.
Collection: Ten O'Clock News
Date Created: 02/16/1988
Description: Hope Kelly reports that John Sasso, the former Chairman of Michael Dukakis' 1988 campaign, addressed members of the World Trade Club and spoke about the campaign. Sasso spoke about the Democratic Party, the role of Jesse Jackson, and the failure of the Dukakis campaign to win over voters. Sasso talks about the need for the Democratic Party to recognize Jackson's leadership. He also says that negative political advertising was not the reason for Dukakis's defeat. Kelly reviews Sasso's career and his role in the 1988 presidential campaign. She reviews Sasso's resignation from and return to the Dukakis campaign. Kelly's report includes footage of Dukakis and Jackson at the 1988 Democratic National Convention and footage of Sasso during the 1988 presidential campaign.
0:59:07: Visual: Footage of John Sasso (former chairman, 1988 Dukakis campaign) saying that he and Michael Dukakis (Governor of Massachusetts) are taking the time to reflect on the successes and failures of the campaign. Hope Kelly says that Sasso has been taking stock of the 1988 Dukakis campaign. V: Footage of Sasso addressing the World Trade Club. Sasso talks about the need to identify the lessons to be learned from the 1988 campaign. Kelly reports that Sasso says that the Democratic Party needs to recognize the role of Jesse Jackson (African American political leader). V: Shots of Jackson addressing a campaign rally; of Jackson greeting supporters in the street; of Jackson hugging a supporter. Footage of Sasso speaking at the World Trade Club. Sasso says that Jackson has "an original mind;" that Jackson is a "gifted motivator." Sasso says that the Democratic Party needs to find the courage and skill to relate properly to Jackson. Sasso says that Jackson will trouble the Democratic Party until they recognize his role. Shot of Jackson, Jaqueline Jackson (wife of Jackson), Dukakis, and Kitty Dukakis (wife of Dukakis) sitting together at an event in July, 1988. Shots of Dukakis; of Jackson. Audio of Sasso saying that Democratic Party leaders need to get organized to do a better job. Footage of Sasso saying that he does not agree with those who say that negative advertising played a big role in Dukakis's defeat. Kelly reports that Sasso believes that there was a fundamental failure on the part of the Dukakis campaign. V: Shots of the audience at the World Trade Club luncheon. Sasso says that the Dukakis campaign failed to make voters realize the need for a change in leadership. Kelly reports that Sasso reflected on the state of the Democratic Party; that Sasso made no reference to the personal feelings of himself or Dukakis. V: Shot of Dukakis speaking. Sasso stands at his side. Kelly reviews Sasso's role in the Dukakis campaign, including his resignation in September of 1987. V: Footage of a CBS news report from September of 1987. Dan Rather reports that the Dukakis campaign was responsible for damaging revelations about Joseph Biden (US Senator). Dukakis speaks from a podium. Dukakis acknowledges that Sasso provided tapes about Biden to the New York Times. Sasso appears at press conference to resign. Kelly notes that Sasso had also worked on the campaign of Geraldine Ferraro (former US vice-presidential candidate). V: Footage of Ferraro at a campaign rally. Shots of Dukakis and Ray Flynn (Mayor of Boston) sitting in the audience. Sasso whispers in Dukakis' ear, then moves away. Kelly reports that Sasso rejoined the Dukakis campaign after an 11-month absence. V: Footage of Sasso at a gathering. A woman says "Welcome home" to Sasso. Footage of Sasso speaking to the media after his speech at the World Trade Club. Sasso says that his absence from the campaign had nothing to do with Dukakis's loss.
Collection: Ten O'Clock News
Date Created: 01/19/1989
Description: Sam Fleming reports on voter registration in Massachusetts. Fleming notes that many eligible voters in Massachusetts are not registered to vote. He notes that the percentages of unregistered voters are highest in minority communities. Fleming interviews Yvonne Footman (Dorchester resident) and other city residents about voter registration. Fleming's report includes footage of Footman registering to vote. Fleming interviews Charles Weeks (Office of the Massachusetts Secretary of State) and David Sullivan (Office of the Massachusetts Secretary of State) about voter registration. Sullivan and Weeks say that the State of Massachusetts is not doing enough to make voter registration easy and accessible. Fleming reports on voter registration initiatives at the state and national level. Fleming notes that Jesse Jackson (Democratic candidate for US President) has made increased access to voter registration part of his campaign platform. Following the edited story is b-roll of Jesse Jackson at the Democratic Convention,voter registration tables, polling booths, and city residents near City Hall Plaza.
1:00:00: Visual: Footage of Jesse Jackson (African American political leader) speaking at the 1988 Democratic National Convention. Michael Dukakis (Democratic US presidential nominee) and Lloyd Bentsen (Democratic US vice-presidential nominee) stand on either side of him. Jackson talks about the importance of on-site voter registration. Sam Fleming reports that Jackson's platform slate has not been embraced by Dukakis; that Dukakis has agreed to work on voter registration. V: Footage of Yvonne Footman (Dorchester resident) registering to vote at a voter registration table in Dorchester. Registration workers examine her license and fill out a form. Fleming reports that many eligible voters in Massachusetts have never voted before. V: Footage of Fleming standing on a street in Boston. Fleming asks an African American man if he is registered to vote. The man says that he is not. Fleming reports that 27% of eligible voters in Massachusetts are not registered to vote; that the percentage of unregistered voters is highest in minority communities. V: Shots of residents walking near City Hall Plaza; of residents on the street in an African American neighborhood of Boston. Footage of Fleming asking an African American woman if she would vote if Jackson were on the ticket. The woman says no. Footage of Charles Weeks (Office of the Massachusetts Secretary of State) being interviewed by Fleming. Weeks says that some people do not think that their voices count. Fleming notes that Weeks is a former president of the Black Political Task Force. Fleming reports that Weeks says that voter registration is difficult in Massachusetts. Fleming reports that voters need to register at City Hall in Boston. Fleming notes that the Boston Election Commission is trying to set up portable voter registration centers. V: Shots of people walking near City Hall Plaza; of a voter registration table in Dorchester. Footage of Footman saying that she is not sure if she would have traveled to City Hall in order to register to vote. Shots of workers registering voters at the portable registration center in Dorchester. Fleming reports that State Election Officials say that Massachusetts is not doing enough to make voter registration accessible and easy for all. V: Shot of a bulletin board with voter registration information. Footage of David Sullivan (Office of the Massachusetts Secretary of State) saying that many voters in many states can register by mail; that four states have voter registration on election day; that some states allow voters to register at various state agencies. Sullivan says that Massachusetts has done none of these things. Fleming reports that a number of initiatives are under way on the state and national level; that an on-site, same-day voter registration initiative is under way. V: Shots of a poll worker sitting with a list of voters; of a voter entering a polling booth; of poll workers checking a voters name against the voter lists. Fleming reports that Massachusetts voters rejected an effort to allow registration by mail two years ago; that Massachusetts voters may resist other voter registration initiatives. V: Shot of Jackson at the Democratic Convention, flanked by Dukakis and Bentsen. Footage of Sullivan saying that a new law allows voter registration in high schools; that more needs to be done to improve access to voter registration.
Collection: Ten O'Clock News
Date Created: 07/19/1988
Description: Story about how Walter Mondale was able to gain the support of Jesse Jackson and the Black Caucus. Jesse Jackson speaking, audience, Mondale and Jackson talking, Andrew Young speaking in August, Jackson's endorsement of Mondale, and Young on how most "Black issues" are the same as "White issues." Some video problems. Reporter voice-over throughout. Sound.
Collection: WCVB Collection
Date Created: 08/18/1984