The New York Times, the bastion of liberal media, headlines on June 28, 2010, read "Robert Byrd, Respected Voice of the Senate, Dies at 92."
Respected? He was in the Senate for 51 years. That does not make him respectable. It makes one wonder about the citizens of West Virginia who would vote for this many every time he was up for election. Oh, wait, there's a reason why: he was the Pork King.
The Citizens Against Government Waste, a nonpartisan watchdog group,voted him the pork king. He brought the state federal money. Many things were named after him: the Robert C. Byrd Highway, two Robert C. Byrd federal buildings, the Robert C. Byrd Freeway, the Robert C. Byrd Center for Hospitality and Tourism, the Robert C. Byrd Drive and the Robert C. Byrd Hardwood Technologies Center, just to name a few.
It isn't until about the 18th paragraph that the New York Times admits that Byrd was a KKK member. Later they admit he voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Good riddance, Byrd!