Upon discovering a den of corrupt policemen, a fresh-faced journalist makes a shaky allies in a jaded reporter and investigator for a powerful district attorney.

[last lines]
Pollack: Justice is a lot like journalism. Sometimes the most important questions are the ones you decide not to ask.
Reigert: Broke as you are, you think that's the smart thing to do?
Ashford: Nah Jack, I didn't get where I am doing the smart thing.
[first lines]
Deed: You're a big venue now. Global commerce, sports franchises, chit chat caf├ęs. But you don't get it, because you don't see it. Life is not what you think it is. Because of guys like us, you can go on thinking it, 'til reality sets in. Reality's a motherfucker.
Willow: You're great sex, but imperious and penniless are serious social handicaps.
Ashford: [to Pollack] Life's a bitch, ain't it? Think you can dive into the deep end of the pool, and then it's 'Oh, shit, where are my water wings?'
Ashford: The Fourth Estate, Pollack. It's the only job protected by the Constitution. And this is why this is tyranny. When you see it, you're obligated to yell - a risk you're unwilling to take, and I don't blame you.
Wallace: [to Ashford] The only guys your age having sex regularly are college professors.
Deed: [to Pollock] Just remember, these guys don't fuck around. They're relentless. Keep your head down and your door locked.
Pollack: Justice is a lot like journalism. Sometimes the most important questions are the ones you decide not to ask.
Ashford: [to Wallace] You just showed me the bones of a covert facist state.
Pollack: [Rhetorically] Is there anybody not corrupt in this town?
Reigert: These aren't the good old days, Moses.
Ashford: They never were, Jack.
Ashford: [Phrase repeated to Pollock] You're doing this for pussy!
Ashford: I'm beginning to think I need a woman in my life.
Wallace: Well shit, don't look at me.
Lazerov: [to Isiaha] Here's how it works, fellas. You never saw us, and we never saw you, and the world just keeps fuckin' turnin'.
Pollack: [leaving after just being fired] This isn't a real paper anyway!
Ashford: [Dismissively] Perfect for you, you little shit!

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