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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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The Castlemans travel to Sweden on Concorde and, mid-flight, they are pestered by muck-raking journalist Nathaniel Bone (Christian Slater), who is keen to pen a biography on Joe and hopes that he can get to his unwilling subject via Joan.
Eventually commonsense will rule the day beyond the political muck-raking and false propositions of extreme Conservatism and its partner UKIP creating political confusion where none should be.
But his niece Janet Humble has dubbed the allegations "muck-raking".
Opinion polls show voters are deeply divided over whether the former French finance minister could return to politics after the muck-raking that has followed one of the most dramatic political downfalls in history.
On the face of it, it was a bit of good old-fashioned tabloid muck-raking.
No, not really, and thankfully so, because Wednesday's special was far removed from an instantly deletable catalogue of unsustainable, lopsided, muck-raking instances, about which several people within the sport, working from total ignorance of the actual content, had expressed fears.
IF The Sun had been operating at the turn of the 19th Century, their stock in muck-raking trade, one imagines, would have been exposes of the private lives of The Romantic Poets.
It's the start of a new week at London-based Global Media Inc., and the offices of muck-raking The Rag.
Bono's supporters dismissed the report as muck-raking, claiming the criticism was politically motivated.
He is portrayed as a muck-raking outsider, motivated by his own memories of failing to listen to an abused sister and ready to see abuse in every minute comment or movement of the children.
Mr Preston described the allegations - which included alleged overspending on the campaign and not using imprints on campaign material such as leaflets, adverts and posters - as "groundless" and "muck-raking".
Stieg Larsson's muck-raking trilogy of corruption draws to a satisfactory conclusion with a series of vile threats and sticky ends - for the righteous and wicked alike.