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Ten O'Clock News; Is Jesse Jackson unelectable?


Marcus Jones reports that voter support for Jesse Jackson (Democratic US Presidential candidate) appears to be growing with each primary election, despite being labeled as "unelectable" by political analysts and the media. Jones notes that Jackson is gaining support from white voters and other voters outside of his political base. Jones suggests that critics are dismissive of Jackson because of his skin color. Jones' report includes footage from an interview with Bob Beckel (political analyst). Beckel says that Jackson will have to convince white voters and the media to see beyond his skin color. Jones' report features footage of Jackson campaigning, footage of Jackson at a candidates' forum and footage from a Jackson campaign advertisement. Jones' report also includes footage of Jackson saying that his race should not be an issue in the campaign.

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Ten O'Clock News

Is Jesse Jackson unelectable?

Series Description

NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976



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Broadcast program

Media Type


African American politicians
Advertising, Political
Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1988
Jackson, Jesse, 1941-
Beckel, Bob
Political campaigns
Race relations
News Report
Jones, Marcus (Reporter)
Jackson, Jesse, 1941- (Speaker)
Beckel, Bob (Interviewee)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Is Jesse Jackson unelectable?,” 03/04/1988, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 21, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4742329A978A4A41B0D59475F443D5E9.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Is Jesse Jackson unelectable?.” 03/04/1988. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 21, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4742329A978A4A41B0D59475F443D5E9>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Is Jesse Jackson unelectable?. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4742329A978A4A41B0D59475F443D5E9
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