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updated 05/16/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/16/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

In last week's Tonya and Nancy movie on NBC, Jeff Gillooly says to Harding as the cover-up unravels, "If anything happens, just stick to the story." "What story?" she responds. It's a fair question in light of the muddy methodology the networks have settled on to frame their ripped-from-the-tabloids TV movies in these litigious times. What is the story?

In both the Nancy-Tonya saga and in the Menendez movie on Fox a few weeks ago, the scripts avoided all controversy by simply showing us two versions of how things might have happened. That's a lazy, craven and unsatisfying narrative device. A point of view is a terrible thing to waste. Pick a side, boys, pick a side.

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