Interview with Daniel Schorr
QUESTION 7
PAUL STECKLER:

Tell me about your tr--trip back to Mississippi with Robert Kennedy and what happened and what he said.

DANIEL SCHORR:

I was sent down with a camera crew to cover what was--let me get this together, because he wasn't alone and I shouldn't indicate he was there alone. He was there with Senator Clark who was the Chairman of that subcommittee--

PAUL STECKLER:

Just start on the plane back with--

DANIEL SCHORR:

Okay, okay. After that day in Mississippi, I flew back on the plane from Memphis to Washington with Senator Kennedy and we walked off the plane together. I was met by my wife and we stopped for a moment to talk. And she asked him and me together, "How was it down there?" And Senator Kennedy said, "I've seen poverty in a lot of places and I've never seen anything like this." He acted as though he was profoundly moved and profoundly affected by what he had seen. It was apparently a lot more grim than he thought it might be. That was terrible, let me do that again.



PAUL STECKLER:

So starting with back from Mississippi.

DANIEL SCHORR:

I flew back from this trip with Senator Kennedy. We arrived at National Airport in Washington. My wife was there to meet me and, no, let me st--I have to start that again. I have to be walking off the plane with Kennedy. I flew back with Senator Kennedy. We walked off the plane together, as it happened, met by my wife. And he stopped to talk to us for a minute and she asked how it had been down there. And Senator Kennedy said, "You know, I have seen poverty in a great many places, Asia and Africa," he said, "I've never seen poverty as I've seen poverty today in Mississippi, in our own country."



PAUL STECKLER:

Okay, okay. One last time, coming back from Mississippi.

DANIEL SCHORR:

I returned from Mississippi on the plane with Senator Kennedy. We walked off the plane together and my wife was waiting to meet me and we stopped and talked for a minute. And she asked, "How was it down there?" And he said, "You know, I've seen poverty in many places in the world, Asia and Africa," he said, shaking his head, "I have never seen any poverty the way I've seen poverty in Mississippi today."

PAUL STECKLER:

Cut.