Muckraker

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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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Carola Dunn - ``Die Laughing,'' ``Mistletoe and Murder: The Case of the Murdered Muckracker''
Only the myopic muckrackers would like you to forget that.
Muelder, Missionaries and Muckrackers: The First 100 Years of Knox College (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1984); Carl Sandburg, Always the Young Strangers (New York: Harcourt Brace and Co., 1952).