Why won’t Dick Wolf pay for scissors?

You know, after 18 years you’d think the writers of “Law & Order” wouldn’t have to rip things from the headlines anymore. I mean, what’s the rush? Shouldn’t this be pretty routine by now? Just take out a pair of scissors and carefully clip the article out of the newspaper and paste it into your story idea scrapbook.

Or nowadays, really, aren’t the writers all probably using LexisNexis or Google News Alerts to dredge up interesting real-life crime stories to spin into fact-based teleplays? So why are the promos so misleading?

I guess “ripped from the headlines” sounds better than “mouse-clicked from the headlines.”