Lots of bias.
I heard this little “gem” on National pubic radio:
Helms well known for his conservative principles which upheld segragation and strong opposition to the UN.
This is from his book “Here’s Where I Stand”:
“favored voluntary racial integration that would have come about without pressure from the federal government, or from civil rights protests” — which he said only sharpened racial antagonisms.
He was mostly right.
Back in the ‘80s Helms hired a new press secretary named Claude Allen. Allen was very young, very sharp, conservative and Black. The press hated getting all their prep info from Allen cause it blew the image they were trying to create.
Back when the ERA was still being fought and Helms was criticized as a Schlafly man it was pointed out that Helms had more women in power position (LAs and SAs) in his DC staff than Ted Kennedy. Of course Kennedy was pro ERA even though his idea of the place of women was so well illustrated with the make up of the Chappaquidick party consisting of six single women and six men (five of the six men were married).
Back in the ‘78 campaign Helms was still smoking and offered me a cigarette. He smoked Lucky Strike nonfilters.
The media never gave him credit for a sense of humor but he was funny and could rival Will Rogers who he often quoted.
He was the best Senator of my lifetime without any shadow of a Doubting Thomas.