Interview with Daniel Schorr

Okay, about the press conference that day, you began to relax, conversational description.


After the press conference was over. When the press conference was over, I was waiting for my camera crew to pack up, I had come with them. The room was now empty but the Reverend King sat alone at the table from which he had spoken. He looked rather, reflective and disconsolate. I went up and asked him whether he was unhappy about something. He said, "Yes, among other things, you." And proceeded to explain that, um, he was aware that we, network people, had been pushing him to say constantly more militant things, threatening disruption, maybe violence. And that he had to defend himself against that, at the same time being aware, that, uh, if he was going to get on the evening news that it would be only if he said something rather militant. He said, "You know, I hope you know what you're doing." He said, "You are giving greatest attention to those Black leaders who sound most militant, like Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown, and those of us in the movement who are non-violent, and want to uphold non-violence, realize that you may be appointed others as our leaders. What you also may be doing is putting a premium on militant talk and maybe overly militant action. And so, if there is trouble in this country, I hope you people know what part you played."


That's great.