This comic certainly pissed off a few people. Seems that Lawyers and Reporters didn't like to be categorized with Drug Dealers.... and of course the drug dealers were even more insulted.
The problem is that reporters and lawyers are "self-policing" organizations -- and both have done a very poor job of living up to their obligations (and getting rid of those that are harming their industries). So while I realize that many reporters and lawyers are honorable people doing a needed service, and they have helped society -- the many bad ones are destroying the perception of those industries for the rest of them. As individuals I often respect them, as a group I am usually just annoyed at them.
All three groups seem to be out to protect their OWN interests, against the interests of society.
So much of the criticism, for lawyer and reporters at least, is DESERVED criticism (not the "unfair criticism" that many claim). If the groups want to improve their image, they have got to fix their problems.
Right now bad reporters and bad lawyers have a vested interest (financial reward) for being bad. The more the reporter sensationalizes, the more readers he gets -- with little real chance of repercussions (other than a few nasty-grams/emails that the reporter will whine about and play martyr because of). Sensationalism sells, and truth is irrelevant. The more scummy a lawyer is, the more money he can make (just look at 95% of the class action suits or liability suits) -- and lawyers (as a group) have done little to enforce the spirit of the law, and instead reward themselves for being slick with the letter of the law. On the other hand Drug Dealers have to live by their reputations and are pure capitalists (1) -- so at least with them you know where they (you) stand. If they cheat people (lie), and don't do what they say, then they are punished with less income (because the streets are all based on reputation and word of mouth). At least the feedback loop is working the right way with drug-dealers.
(1) I don't do drugs (but I experimented as a kid) -- however, I have met quite a few drug dealers and drug users in my past. My wife does charity work to this day (with drug abusers and high risk parents). A room mate and I (years ago), housed a few different runaways or teenaged homeless (sequentially) as a way to give them opportunities (of course the govt. would have arrested us for our "non state-approved" assistance to these people, but that is a separate issue). I am very familiar with the underground culture (at least in certain areas).
So in my experiences with lawyers, drug dealers and reporters, I can honestly say that the drug dealers where the most sincere (as a group) of the bunch. I have felt far less cheated, lied to, or used by them, as compared to the others. So while I don't think that all individuals, of any group, fit into their stereotype -- based on personal experience (and stereotypes) I do seriously question which group I trust the most (2).
(2) Remember though, groups are NOT individuals -- I do trust some reporters and lawyers (and certainly not too many drug-dealers).
At least people know to be cautious when entering arrangements with drug dealers. It seems like as big a mistake to forget that with reporters and lawyers. All of them (usually) have only their own best interests at heart.
I don't expect people to all agree with my views (political or philosophical) -- and certainly not to the same degrees as I do. I am just pointing out some views that should make people think a little, even if they don't agree.
Before we get too critical of ONLY these groups, we should also look at our own industries as well, and what we can do to improve them. (This whole site is part of my efforts to improve mine).