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Ten O'Clock News; Dukakis as frontrunner


Christy George reports that a Los Angeles Times poll shows Michael Dukakis leading the field of candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. Jesse Jackson is also a strong contender in the wake of candidate Gary Hart's withdrawal from the race. Speaking to the media, Dukakis dismisses the importance of polls. Interview with Bruce Bolling, the co-chair of Jackson's Massachusetts campaign, who says that the Jackson campaign will challenge the notion that a person of color cannot be president. George's report is accompanied by footage of Jackson campaigning, by footage of Dukakis campaigning and by footage of the Dukakis campaign staff at work.

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Ten O'Clock News

Dukakis as frontrunner

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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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Bolling, Bruce C., 1945-2012
Democratic Party (U.S.)
Political campaigns
Dukakis, Michael S. (Michael Stanley), 1933-
Mass media
Jackson, Jesse, 1941-
Hart, Gary, 1936-
African American politicians
Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1988
News Report
Dukakis, Michael S. (Michael Stanley), 1933- (Speaker)
Bolling, Bruce C., 1945-2012 (Interviewee)
George, Christy (Reporter)
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