Interview with James L. Hicks
QUESTION 21
INTERVIEWER:

THIS LAST QUESTION IS REALLY ABOUT COURAGE OF THE LITTLE ROCK CRISIS WHICH HAS BEEN VERY CONTROVERSIAL AND PROBABLY EVEN AS NOW, IT'S BEEN SAID THAT THE TELEVISION JOURNALISTS REALLY CUT THEIR TEETH IN THE LITTLE ROCK STORY AND, I WONDER IF YOU FEEL LIKE IF THEY REALLY GOT THE STORY THAT WENT OUT. DID THEY GET THE RIGHT STORY?

James L. Hicks:

I never saw it because I ah, actually I was moving around and ah, ah, sometimes when you're on the road, you look and see but there was no paper that I read that had the story that I witnessed out there. As a matter of fact, some people say that we served as decoys and that simply was not true. I mean, they ah, we represented, the three of us represented the whole black press I mean, ah, and frankly, I don't think television at that time was ah, coming up with anything new I mean, ah, and they had the cameras but I don't see, maybe it maybe was timidity that they did not get into ah, the kicks and bruises that ah, was centered on us. I mean the three of us down there.