Interview with Jane Duwors
QUESTION 16
INTERVIEWER:

Um, just one last question. Why do you think it was that you described using a strategy based on the Civil Rights Movement? But the image of South Boston that appeared on TV every night was very different. How do you understand that?

JANE DUWORS:

The, the interpretation or the, the censorship of the media at the time, the way that the event was covered by the media, by the newspapers, by the television was a one-sided slant. It was good news copy to show some of the things that they showed on television. It wasn't good news copy to, um, to expose a court order that was unworkable from the beginning. And I think that's how that happened, or why that happened. Definitely why that happened, the media. It was the media. A major media event. I remember talking with many reporters and, ah, having them come back and picking up a story and reading it expecting to see, you know some semblance of what I said, reported and it would be absolutely negative. And I would, if I had the chance to, if they came back again, I would say, "Well why, you know why did you write that that way? That's not the way we talked it." And the answer, the stock answer that I along with many others who spoke with the news media got from them was, "It was edited and I had nothing to do with it." This is the way they wanted it reported and that's the way it was reported. And that was the experience that the majority of people in South Boston had. We received no fair coverage from the media in that particular era.

INTERVIEWER:

Excellent.