Interview with Gov. George C. Wallace
QUESTION 44
INTERVIEWER:

GOVERNOR, I WANT TO GO BACK TO THE PETTIS BRIDGE INCIDENT AND ASK YOU WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT THE MEDIA'S HANDLING OF THAT INCIDENT, DID YOU THINK THAT THEY FAILED TO REALLY LOOK AT THE COMPLEXITY OF THE SITUATION. WERE YOU UPSET BY THE MEDIA'S COVERAGE OF THAT INCIDENT?

Gov. George C. Wallace:

The media has always taken been unfair to the people of our region of the country. They look at the beam and molding you are, but don't take the beam out of the and I never, frankly the media did play it up more than it ought to have been played up because it wasn't all that important, but they always have done that. In other words, even said one time that a fellow got shot was refused admittance to a hospital because he was black. And it happened to be a Catholic hospital. And the Catholic nuns came over and said yes we did not have, we were just a small hospital, we didn't have the equipment or the doctors there, the man needed to be to another hospital, we didn't have the equipment or the doctors there, the man needed to be to another hospital, we didn't have the equipment or the doctors there, the man needed to be to another hospital, he'd die before he got there, we couldn't perf, we were just sort of a first aid station, and in fact my attitude toward blacks has been very bad that to the extent that if it was true, no self respecting black would ever vote for me in any election from then on. You couldn't even apologize and say I'm sorry, but I never said anything about anybody, that sounded of hatred because there's not hatred among the mass of people in our state, I hope and I know the southern people, the black people, they integrated more schools than did anywhere else in the country.