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Attributing Motivation

By Alyssa Rosenberg on April 27, 2011 at 3:34 pm

"Attributing Motivation"

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I’m not a censorship advocate, or anything, but doesn’t it seem a little soon for Law & Order to be jumping on the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords and her staff and constituents as episode fodder? There is something a bit weird to me about an episode that will inevitably try to assign motivation to Jared Lee Loughner before his trial’s actually begun, before we know anything for real. It’s not so much that I think the show will impact the proceedings of the trial, but that figuring out what happened, how Loughner became the person that he is, how he decided to try to kill Giffords, and how he was able to accomplish it, these are all important things to actually discern and understand. Filling in the gaps with fiction won’t bring meaningful resolution or answers to the victims and their families, and it seems a bit odd to seize upon it.

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