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Muckraker

A term for a journalist or other person who exposes corruption, especially in business or politics. The term has had both positive and negative connotations throughout its history. In the positive sense, muckrakers are thought to champion truth by exposing corruption. In the negative sense, the term connotes a person who is willing to compromise truth for a good story. That is, some muckrakers may exaggerate or in some cases simply make up their allegations.
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Rangers have branded the programme "a prejudiced muck-raking exercise".
There's another three months of this high-level muck-raking scheduled to go yet, to no purpose whatsoever.
Muck-raking biographer Kitty Kelley thinks all three have combined to construct a rose-strewn path to the top along which successive Bushes have skipped lightly to their destiny.
The champion jockey, still seething over the BBC's outrageous muck-raking Panorama programme broadcast in October, should rise above this nonsense.
Once they decided Leslie had raped Ulrika Jonsson 20-odd years ago, they unleashed their muck-raking hounds to "prove" that he was a drug-taking degenerate with scores of other victims to his name.
I was very distressed when two of our priests were convicted of child abuse, and my heart went out to the children and their families whom I pray for daily, but all your muck-raking and continually writing about it, isn't helping anyone.
LOYAL: Diana with Paul Burrell, the man she called her rock; SHOCK: Burrell faces rap; CHARLES: Tried to stop case; ANGRY: William and Harry fear a muck-raking trial; FURY: A man is thrown out of court after trying to attack Burrell on Friday
He has been under considerable strain with all the muck-raking going on against him and this one will take its toll.
He said the claims were "ridiculous, they do not stand up to scrutiny, are political muck-raking and don't deal with the fact as they stand".
The muck-raking claims have been dismissed and it also turns outMandelson had been on board as a guest, not of Deripaska, but of banking heir Nathaniel Rothschild.
She plays Lucy Spiller, the hard-nosed Editor-in-Chief of muck-raking Dirt magazine, which thrives on the indiscretions of the rich and famous.
But Charlie's world comes crashing down when an encounter with a female children's entertainer gets out of hand and he is accused of sexual assault - a crime apparently witnessed not only by the neighbours' children but by a muck-raking journalist.