Description: 3rd annual Iced Tea Political Festival, a chance to meet the candidates for Boston City Council and Boston School Committee. Band performing. Campaign workers handing out informational packets. Reporter standup.
Collection: WHDH
Date Created: 09/17/1969
Description: Marcus Jones reports that the Black Political Task Force has announced its candidate endorsements for the upcoming elections. Footage from a press conference at which the Task Force announces its slate of candidates. Salvatore DiMasi (candidate for State Representative) addresses the audience. The Task Force has generated controversy by endorsing some white candidates over African American candidates. Footage of Georgette Watson and Robert Rufo talking about Black Political Task Force endorsement. Jones interviews Peter Hardie (President, Black Political Task Force) about the endorsements. Clips of Jack E. Robinson (President, Boston chapter of the NAACP), Baroness Williams-Martin (political activist), and Regina Placid (candidate for State Representative) commenting on the endorsements. Clips of Mel King (political activist) and Michael Dukakis (Governor of Massachusetts) campaigning.
1:00:21: Visual: Footage of Peter Hardie (President, Black Political Task Force) addressing a crowd at a press conference in front of the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial on Boston Common. Hardie talks about the mission of the Black Political Task Force. Marcus Jones reports that the Black Political Task Force was started in 1979; that the Task Force is comprised of 60 minority activists who collect dues, hold forums, and endorse candidates. V: Shots of a male Task Force member wearing a Bob Rufo campaign pin; of a female Task Force member; of Mel King (political acitivist) campaigning in Roxbury; of Michael Dukakis (Governor of Massachusetts). Jones reports that the Task Force endorsed Mel King in the 1983 mayoral race; that they endorsed Michael Dukakis in the 1982 governor's race. V: Shots of African American campaign workers holding campaign signs for Georgette Watson (candidate for Suffolk County Sheriff); of Bob Rufo (candidate for Suffolk County Sheriff) shaking hands with Hardie. Jones reports that the Task Force has endorsed Bob Rufo over Georgette Watson in the race for Suffolk County Sheriff. V: Footage of Jack E. Robinson (President, Boston chapter of the NAACP) saying that the Task Force does not always have to endorse African American candidates; that Watson deserves the endorsement of the Task Force because she is a good leader. Footage of Baroness Williams-Martin (political activist) saying that the Task Force's endorsement of Rufo was unfair; that the endorsement was "a political slap in the face to Watson." Jones says that Watson was shaken by the Task Force's endorsement of Rufo. V: Footage of Watson with supporters at a press conference. Watson has tears in her eyes. Watson says that the Task Force's decision has been an "emotional experience"; that she is going to wage a winning campaign. Footage of Hardie at the Task Force press conference. Hardie says that Rufo is a better candidate for the position than Watson. Footage of Rufo saying that the race is important to him; that the voters need to decide which candidate is most qualified for the position. Rufo says that he hopes that the endorsement does not become an issue between him and Watson. Jones says that the Task Force announced its full slate of candidates at the press conference today. Jones reports that the Task Force has endorsed Rufo for Suffolk County Sheriff, Gerry D'Amico for lieutenant governor, Jo Ann Shotwell for attorney general, Byron Rushing for state representative for the ninth Suffolk District. Jones notes that the Task Force endorsed Salvatore DiMasi over Regina Placid for state representative of the third Suffolk District. V: Shots of Rufo at the Task Force press conference; of Gerry D'Amico (candidate for lieutenant governor) at the press conference; of Jo Ann Shotwell (candidate for state attorney general) at the press conference; of Byron Rushing (candidate for state representative) at the press conference. Footage of Salvatore DiMasi (candidate for state representative) at the Task Force press conference. DiMasi says that this endorsement shows that people from different communities and ethnic backgrounds are working together. DiMasi says that he is proud to receive the Task Force's endorsement. Footage of Regina Placid (candidate for State Representative) saying that the Task Force's endorsement does not represent the true voice of the African American community. Footage of Hardie at the press conference. Hardie says that the Task Force is accustomed to the controversy which often accompanies their endorsements. Jones stands on the Boston Common. Jones reports that no one can predict if the Task Force's endorsements will make a difference in the upcoming elections. Jones notes that critics of the Task Force say that their endorsements may backfire. Jones says that some critics predict that the African American community may back the African American candidates not backed by the Task Force.
Collection: Ten O'Clock News
Date Created: 08/25/1986
Description: Christy George reports that critics have charged George Bush's presidential campaign with exploiting racial fears among white voters. George notes that there is controversy over the Bush campaign's Willie Horton advertisement, which criticizes Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis's furlough program in Massachusetts. George's report includes footage of the Horton advertisement and footage of Jesse Jackson criticizing the advertisement. George interviews Dr. Alvin Poussaint (psychiatrist) about racism in the campaign and in Bush's political advertisements. Poussaint says that white voters see Horton as the "universal" African American criminal and that African Americans are associated with crime in the minds of whites. George reports that the Bush campaign advertisement does not use the face of William Horton (furloughed prisioner), but that campaign advertising by Bush supporters has used Horton's face. George notes that Bush has disassociated himself from the groups producing these ads. George's report includes footage from a political advertisement produced by "Americans for Bush." Poussaint says that the "Americans for Bush" advertisement is racist. He adds that Dukakis may lose white votes if he complains too much about racism because Americans do not like to be called racist. George notes that Poussaint believes that Horton's face triggers associations with other negative images of African Americans. Poussaint goes on to analyze race in US pop culture and in US politics. George's report is accompanied by images of African American figures in US politics, sports, and culture and by footage from Saturday Night Live of a satirical campaign advertisement. George's report is also accompanied by footage of Dukakis at a campaign rally.
1:00:12: Visual: Footage from WBZ-TV of Jesse Jackson (African American political leader) speaking from a podium. Jackson says that the Willie Horton advertisement has been used to conjure up "psycho-sexual fears" of African American men among whites voters. Shot of a black and white photo of William Horton (furloughed prisoner). Christy George reports that critics have charged George Bush's presidential campaign with exploiting racial fears among white voters. V: Footage of Dr. Alvin Poussaint (psychiatrist) being interviewed by George. Poussaint says that white voters see Horton as the "universal" African American criminal. George reports that Poussaint had supported Jackson for president; that Poussaint now supports Michael Dukakis (Democratic US presidential nominee). V: Footage of Poussaint saying that African Americans have long been associated with crime in the minds of whites. Poussaint notes that the rape of white women by African American men has always been a sensitive issue. Footage of the Bush campaign's Willie Horton advertisement. George notes that Horton's face is not shown in the Bush campaign advertisement about Dukakis's furlough program in Massachusetts. George notes that many of the prisoners shown in the Bush campaign ad are white. George adds that the Bush campaign is asking a legitimate questions about the Massachusetts' furlough program. V: Footage of Poussaint saying that Bush would have raised the issue of the furlough program even if Horton were white. Shots of George Bush (Republican US presidential nominee) speaking from a podium. George reports that Bush supporters have not been cautious about using Horton's face in their campaign literature. V: Footage of Dukakis addressing a crowd at a campaign rally on October 19, 1988. Dukakis holds up a piece of Bush campaign literature. Dukakis says that the campaign literature is "garbage." The crowd applauds for Dukakis. George reports that Dukakis has attacked the race-baiting campaign literature of a group of Bush supporters from Illinois. George notes that Bush has disassociated himself from the group's literature. V: Footage of Poussaint being interviewed by George. Poussaint says that Dukakis may gain minority votes by complaining about the subliminal racism of the Bush campaign; that Dukakis may lose white votes if he complains. Poussaint says that Americans do not like to be called racist. George talks about a campaign ad paid for by a group called "Americans for Bush." George notes that many have called the advertisement racist; that the advertisement has been running for months in key states. V: Footage of the "Americans for Bush" campaign advertisement. Footage of Poussaint saying that the Horton case can be used to exploit the association of African Americans with crime and drugs. George notes that the campaign's subliminal racial messages have become the subject of satire. V: Footage of a satirical campaign advertisement from Saturday Night Live. George reports that Poussaint believes that Horton's face triggers other negative associations with African Americans. V: Shot of a black and white photo of an African-American man in the custody of white police officers. Shots of the Reverend Louis Farrakhan (leader of the Nation of Islam) and Tawana Brawley (New York State resident); of the Reverend Al Sharpton (African American community figure); of a group of white people moving through a crowd; of Bernard Goetz (New York City resident) walking down a street. George reports that Poussaint is a consultant to the Cosby Show; that Poussaint advocates positive images of African Americans. V: Footage from The Cosby Show. George reports that The Cosby Show is the most popular show among white South Africans. George adds that Poussaint does not believe that an abundance of positive African American role models will change white attitudes. V: Shots of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrating a win; of Stevie Wonder (pop singer); of Colin Powell (National Security Advisor to Ronald Reagan); of Magic Johnson (basketball player); of Bishop Desmond Tutu (Black South African leader) with Dukakis. Shot of the floor of the Republican Political Convention. George reports that Poussaint believes that whites do not find African American heroes and leaders threatening. George adds that Poussaint believes that whites transfer their fears to African Americans in their proximity. V: Footage of Poussaint saying that white women react to the color of his skin when they meet him on the street at night.
Collection: Ten O'Clock News
Date Created: 10/25/1988
Description: Joseph Timilty campaigns in East Boston in mayoral race. B-roll of support signs for Kevin White and Joseph Timilty. An East Boston man denounces Kevin White for mayor. Timilty greets supporters at Maverick Square outside T station. Talks about his campaign strategy. Says main issues for the East Boston neighborhood are water and sewer costs.
Collection: Ten O'Clock News
Date Created: 09/19/1979
Description: Boston mayoral candidate David Finnegan speaks outside Faneuil Hall in opposition to low property taxes paid by developer of Quincy Market pursuant to deal made with city. He compares the tax rates paid by Faneuil Hall and Milton Street in Dorchester.
Collection: Ten O'Clock News
Date Created: 05/23/1979
Description: Campaigning in mayoral race: Joseph Timilty in Ashmont Hill, Dorchester. He speaks on displacement and discusses issues with local families. David Finnegan speaks to press at Boston harbor on returning harbor to its primacy. He explains the importance and efficiency of commuter transportation across the water during an energy crisis.
Collection: Ten O'Clock News
Date Created: 08/02/1979
Description: Sarah Fishman (freelance journalist, producer of “See Mike Run”) talks about her work and following Michael Capuano on his Congressional campaign for this documentary. She talks about the production process. Fishman voiceover about Capuano’s position as mayor, during footage of Cambridge streets, Capuano in his office, campaign signs and stickers on vehicles. Voiceover continues about the history of the House seat, the other contenders, and the district itself. Footage of Capuano formally announcing his candidacy. Voiceover continues about Capuano’s youth, how he got interested in politics, and about his father’s political career. Footage of man dressed in town crier costume announcing Capuano’s birth. Voiceover continues, during photos of Capuano as a boy and young man. Interview with Capuano and his wife, Barbara, where she talks about meeting him in school. She talks about campaigning and her role in his career, intercut with footage of her and Capuano at a T station shaking hands with passengers and photos of their children. Capuano talks about why he became interested in politics, in part because of the nation’s disillusionment with Vietnam. Fishman voiceover about Capuano’s career as Somerville alderman, during footage of photo of newspaper article and footage of Beacon Hill. Interview with Capuano in his office about the challenges of his job. Voiceover continues about the effects of his work on Somerville, over footage of people at a parade. Voiceover continues about some corrupt Somerville politicians and criminals, over photos of newspaper articles. Voiceover continues to say that Capuano has a reputation for cronyism and bullying. Interview with Dorothy Kelly Gay (Governor’s Councilor) about this perception and Capuano’s tenacity. Footage of Capuano at a school committee meeting where he strongly disagrees with someone. Voiceover continues about Capuano’s unpopularity with some DPW employees, during footage of some workers marching. Interview with Kevin Tarpley (alderman) about the workers’ demands, footage of a worker speaking to the crowd. Footage of Capuano in his car, shaking people’s hands, meeting with Joseph Kennedy II. Footage of congressional candidates Marjorie Clapprood, Capuano, Ray Flynn, George Bachrach. Voiceover continues about Ray Flynn’s traditionalism, the political nature of the district, and Capuano’s appeal. Footage of Capuano at an interview where he talks about his status as a progressive. Footage of him giving a speech at a political event. Voiceover continues about his popularity among city hall workers, over footage of cars with bumper stickers and people holding signs. Voiceover continues about his earlier unsuccessful bid for state office, over photograph of newspaper article about that campaign and photograph of him and his father. Voiceover continues about his campaign activities, over footage of him in his car, signs, and a debate area at Harvard. Footage of Capuano debating Ray Flynn. Interview with Jon Lenicheck (campaign coordinator) in which he talks about Capuano’s long tenure in office. Voiceover continues about Flynn’s switch to the Congressional race, with footage of Flynn, photos of newspaper articles, footage of Capuano playing basketball, and footage of his fundraiser at Anthony’s Pier 4. Voiceover continues about his increase in popularity. Footage of him addressing campaign supporters, photos of newspaper articles. Footage of Capuano and supporters on Democratic primary election night, as he wins and gives a speech. Voiceover continues about his assured victory in the general election, over footage of campaign signs. Interview with Capuano as he describes what he wants to do as a Representative, over footage of Longworth House Office Building. Voiceover concludes over footage of Somerville streets. Credits over Capuano and other people performing Village People’s “YMCA.”
Collection: CCTV
Description: Deborah Wang reports on the vice-presidential debate between Lloyd Bentsen and Dan Quayle. Wang reports that the candidates failed to debate any issues related to the African American community and minority voters, and there was no discussion of drugs, urban unemployment, housing, or discrimination. Footage from the vice-presidential debate. The African American community leaders were disappointed in the debate because there were no minorities represented on the panel of questioners. Interview with Dr. Kenneth Edelin, of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and Mickey Leland, US Congressman from Texas, about the lack of minority participation in the debate. Wang reports that the many leaders at an NAACP Legal Defense Fund luncheon were dissatisfied with the Dukakis campaign. Interview with City Councilor Bruce Bolling about the need for the candidates to address urban issues. Many minority voters supported Jackson for president. Wang notes that Dukakis will have to make an effort to bring minority voters to the polls on election day.
1:00:09: Visual: Footage from the vice-presidential debate between Lloyd Bentsen (Democratic vice-presidential candidiate) and Dan Quayle (Republican vice-presidential candidate) on October 5, 1988. The candidates shake hands and stand behind podiums. Deborah Wang reports that the candidates debated the federal deficit, farm subsidies, social security, campaign contributions, and other subjects. V: Footage of the candidates, the panel of questioners and the audience at the debate. Wang reports that the candidates failed any issues related to African American and minority voters. V: Footage of Dr. Kenneth Edelin (NAACP Legal Defense Fund) saying that some voters are frustrated because substantive issues are not being discussed in the campaign. Edelin says that issues of importance to minority voters are not being discussed. Wang reports that there was no discussion of drugs, urban unemployment, housing or discrimination; that the candidates had one exchange about the issue of poverty. V: Footage of Quayle and Bentsen at the debate. Quayle says that the administration of George Bush (Republican US presidential nominee) would be committed to eradicating poverty. Bentsen notes that the Reagan administration has not supported the passage of a sweeping welfare reform bill. Shots of the members of the panel of questioners at the debate. Wang reports that African American leaders were unsatisfied with the debate because there were no minorities on the panel of questioners. Wang notes that there were no minorities on the panel of questioners at the debate between Bush and Michael Dukakis (Democratic US presidential nominee). V: Footage of Dukakis and Bush at the presidential debate on September 25, 1988. Shots of the panel of questioners. Footage of Mickey Leland (US Congressman from Texas) being interviewed by Wang. Leland says that he is upset about the lack of minority participation in the debates. Leland says that the issues of concern to minority voters need to be discussed. Wang reports that the NAACP Legal Defense Fund met today for a luncheon; that the NAACP is an overwhelmingly Democratic organization. Wang reports that African American leaders are unsatisfied with the organization of the Democratic campaign. V: Shots of the crowd at the NAACP luncheon. Footage of Bruce Bolling (Boston City Council) saying that the candidates need to address issues of economic development and expanded job creation. Bolling says that the candidates should address the needs of urban America. Footage of Jesse Jackson (African American political leader) at a campaign rally in Wisconsin. Shots of the audience at the rally. Jackson pulls on a T-shirt over his dress shirt. The crowd cheers for Jackson. Wang reports that Jackson had been the candidate of choice for many minority voters; that Jackson is campaigning for Dukakis. Wang reports that Jackson supporters say that Dukakis needs to make an effort to bring African American voters to the polls. V: Footage of Edelin saying that Dukakis's strategy involves pursuing the "Reagan Democrats." Edelin says that the Democratic Party cannot win without the African American vote. Shots of the crowd at the NAACP luncheon.
Collection: Ten O'Clock News
Date Created: 10/06/1988
Description: Deborah Wang reports that Saundra Graham (State Representative from Cambridge) lost the Democratic primary election to Alvin Thompson (candidate for State Representative) by a thin margin. Wang notes that Graham has a lot of support among Cambridge voters despite her loss in the primary election. Wang notes that Graham has decided to wage a sticker campaign to run against Thompson as an independent candidate in the election. Wang notes that there is no Republican challenger in the race. Wang interviews Graham about her loss in the primary election and about the sticker campaign. Wang's report includes footage of Graham going door-to-door to campaign and to explain the sticker campaign to voters. Wang interviews Thompson about the race. Thompson criticizes Graham for engaging in negative campaign tactics. Wang notes that sticker campaigns are seldom successful and that some voters seem confused about the process. Wang interviews Cambridge voters on the street about the race. Voters were not aware of Graham's sticker campaign. This tape includes additional footage of Graham campaigning in Cambridge and footage of Graham's campaign headquarters.
1:00:10: Visual: Footage of Saundra Graham (State Representative from Cambridge) approaching the front door of a home in a residential neighborhood. Deborah Wang reports that Graham lost the primary election to Alvin Thompson (candidate for State Representative) by a thin margin. V: Footage of Graham being interviewed by Wang. Graham says that the loss was unexpected; that she lost the election by forty-nine votes. Graham says that her supporters were complacent; that her supporters expected her to win. Wang reports that Graham blames herself for not working harder to get her supporters out to vote. Wang reports that Graham has had strong support in Cambridge; that Graham is an advocate of rent control, day care, and affordable housing. Wang reports that Graham has had personal problems in the past year; that two of her sons were arrested on drug charges; that police accuse Graham's sons of dealing drugs out of Graham's house. V: Footage of Graham saying that her personal problems gave some momentum to her opponents. Footage of Alvin Thompson greeting a white man while campaigning door-to-door. Wang reports that Thompson is a long-time Cambridge resident. V: Shot of Thompson greeting two women in the street. Footage of Thompson saying that Graham cannot serve her constituents as both City Councillor and State Representative. Thompson says that the problems facing the city are complex; that one person cannot be in two places at once. Wang reports that Thompson is now the Democratic nominee; that Thompson has no Republican challenger. V: Shots of Thompson campaign signs and stickers. Wang reports that Graham has decided to wage a sticker campaign. V: Footage of Graham approaching the front door of a residential home. A woman answers the door. Graham explains how to vote for her with a sticker in the upcoming election. Graham hands the woman her campaign literature. Graham shakes the woman's hand and leaves the premises. Wang reports that sticker campaigns are seldom successful; that some voters are confused about the process. V: Footage of a white male voter saying that he will vote for Graham because she supports gay and lesbian issues. The man says that he was not aware of Graham not being on the ballot. Footage of another white male voter saying that he did not know that Graham would not be on the ballot. Footage of Graham approaching another home. Wang reports that Graham is waging a campaign to educate voters; that Graham has repeatedly attacked Thompson on his position on rent control and his refusal to engage in a debate with her. V: Footage of Graham saying that she does not understand why Thompson will not debate her. Wang reports that Thompson has complained about Graham's negative campaign. V: Footage of Thompson saying that he will not engage in negative politics. Shots of a Graham campaign sticker; of Graham's campaign headquarters.
Collection: Ten O'Clock News
Date Created: 11/02/1988
Description: Senator Howard Baker announces opening of his Massachusetts campaign office for Republican presidential nomination. Introduced by Representative William Robinson, house minority leader. Thomas Trimarco. Baker states his view on the United States' relationship with the Soviet Union and the SALT II treaty (Strategic Arms Limitation Talks). He also speaks on energy policy; gas and oil.
Collection: Ten O'Clock News
Date Created: 06/28/1979