Interview with Charles O'Brien
QUESTION 12
LOUIS MASSIAH:

What was the media perception or presentation of the Panthers and how did it feed on itself and then what was the information that you were getting?

CHARLES O'BRIEN:

Well for the media, particularly for television, the Panthers were good copy. And the more they con- had angry confrontations and the angrier their rhetoric was, the better news they were. And the Panthers quickly realized this and they fed to each other. And it was, from our point of view, in attempting to modulate the dialogue and to decrease tension, they were terrible. The media didn't help a damn bit.

LOUIS MASSIAH:

OK. Cut.



LOUIS MASSIAH:

The media presentation of the Panthers and how it fed on itself.

CHARLES O'BRIEN:

Well the media, particularly television, liked confrontation. They liked the angry rhetoric of the Panthers. They liked people waving around rifles. This made great news copy. The Panthers quickly discovered this. From our point of view in seeking to modulate the dialogue, to reduce tensions, they were terrible. They were absolutely terrible. They fed on each other and the media was a pain in the butt.