Interview with Richard Valeriani
QUESTION 14
INTERVIEWER:

SO THEY HATED YOU ALMOST AS MUCH AS THE MOVEMENT PEOPLE, THE PRESS I MEAN?

Richard Valeriani:

Yeah, I think a lot of people identified us with the movement. We were in the middle. I used to get complaints all the time. Get complaints from the local whites that that we were helping the outside agitators. If we went away, they would go away, that in effect we were part of the movement, or promoting the movement, certainly instigating the movement, encouraging them to do these things. And on the other hand we'd get the complaints from the blacks that we weren't encouraging the movement, that we weren't doing enough to propagandize their cause enough, to explain we're not here to propagandize their cause, we're here to cover the story. If you wanted to do something, well you couldn't do anything anyway, you couldn't write an editorial as a reporter. The best you could do, and you did it as much for the news value or the the drama of the situation, I mean you would juxtapose something that Bull Connor said, something that Martin Luther King said, or something that Jim Clark said and another movement leader said, or something Hoss Manusy said in St. Augustine and Martin Luther King or Andy Young would say just to show the contrast, but we were constantly caught. And we were getting complaints from both sides all the time.