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MediaWatch: May 1989

Vol. Three No. 5

Lucid Linda

CNN's PrimeNews now includes three commentaries a week from former NBC and ABC anchor Linda Ellerbee. Here are some excerpts. English translations are welcome.

"Now, now Mr. Bork, that's not a very Pro-Life like thing for you to say, [that the Warren Court made bad decisions] after all the Warren Court did exist, it was alive, once, unlike the Bork court, which did not exist, ever, thanks to contraceptive measures taken by those pros of choice, the members of the United States Senate." -- April 12.

"But Vanessa and I have known Kermit for 20 years now, and still we watch, not as often, but often enough to remind us about what counts in this life. Why are there so many songs about Rainbows, and what's on the other side? Children know... Maybe they can teach the rest of us, before we're too old to learn. Because it's not easy being green, or black, or red, or red, white, and blue. But you're all shades of green. And then, when we figure that out, maybe we'll be nicer to one another." -- April 14.

"You started to wonder, what kind of hero was this anyway? Either he was real stupid, or he was real wishy-washy, or worse. 'Yo, Ollie,' we asked, 'which is it' Tell the truth now. Whoops, try again. You can do it Ollie, you're a hero. Oh, I see, you don't want to be a hero, you just want to go home. Yeah, you and every other puppet I ever saw. Okay, Ollie, you go home, we'll even give you a map to help you find your way. It's called the Constitution of the United States of America, this time try reading it before you shred it. You hear." -- April 21.

"Time has a whoopee cushion for every occasion, have you noticed? For instance, while I am calmly aware that in 1989 my daughter will be 20, my son will be 19, and I will be 45, I am shocked. I find it obscene, unnecessary, and probably impossible that in 1989 Grace Slick will be 50, and Pete Seeger will be 70, and Che Guevara will be 61, or would be if he weren't already dead, which he is, so let's forget Che and get back to me, and Grace." -- April 26.