Lawyers and journalists have a lot in common. Both professions are honorable and defend some of our most basic tenets of freedom and democracy. They’ve also suffered a loss in prestige over the last decade because of some high-profile scandals and knuckleheads.

And let’s be honest: Both professions attract more than their fair share of jerks. Or as I like to console people who’ve had a bad run-in with a rude lawyer or reporter: “They’re the guys who got beat up in the schoolyard. Deservedly so.”

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