Biden defended bid by segregationist Jesse Helms to gain control of CBS in 1980s: Report

Joe Biden in 1985 defended a controversial attempt by the late segregationist Sen. Jesse Helms to buy CBS News, according to a local news report from the time.

Biden was speaking at a political forum at Jacksonville State University in northern Alabama when he weighed in on Helms’s attempt to take over the news network through a shareholder coup.

During the event, Biden also stressed the importance of “fiscal conservatism,” according to the report.

“Allowing each side the right to be involved in the process of disseminating information, Biden said he believed Jesse Helms has a right to try and buy
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