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'Contrary'-ness Strikes PBS Talk Show
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Author: Kurtz, Howard
Date: May 23, 2000
Start Page: C.07
Section: STYLE

[Linda] Chavez's reaction? She quit the show. Then the argument really got nasty, with [Bonnie] Erbe even suggesting that Chavez needs therapy.

After the May 13 show, Chavez, 52, who lives in Loudoun County, sent the program's producer statistics that said she indeed has a far better chance of being raped than felled by lightning. When National Review's Web site ran a piece on the flap--co-authored by a man who once worked for Chavez at the nonprofit Center for Equal Opportunity- -Erbe responded with a series of e-mails to Chavez.

"I think your reaction (especially looking up the stats on lightning strikes) goes beyond histrionic," Erbe wrote. Calling Chavez an "overgrown Catholic school girl" who "planted" the National Review story, Erbe said: "If you think you zinged us, think again. We don't care. Nobody reads that magazine anyway. . . . I must say I'm shocked at your reaction. I thought you were a much bigger, more mature person than you're showing yourself to be."

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