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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Contemporary exposes of tainted overseas drugs and toys, like recent reports about contaminated meat and produce at domestic grocery chains and fastfood restaurants, trace their origins to America's early muckrakers.
Among those journalists whose blend of temperament, timing and tenaciousness has propelled them into the ranks of successful muckrakers, besides Anderson, I'd put Ida Tarbell, Seymour Hersh, Jessica Mitford, Ida Wells-Barnett, and the team of Donald L.
Brady, Kathleen, Ida Tarbell: Portrait of a Muckraker.
The site grew to include a group blog, TPM Cafe, a campaign blog, Election Central, and an investigative arm, TPM Muckraker, with full-time Washington and New York reporters digging up political dirt under Marshall's direction.
Little writes the Muckraker column on environmental politics and policy published in Grist.
However, unlike Upton Sinclair, Tim Carney is no socialist muckraker, for this book is not a novel, but an investigative report that reveals a dirty secret of American politics, namely, how Big Business works with both Republican and Democratic politicians to erode the freedom and economic well-being of consumers, taxpayers, and small businesses.
1934 California business interests declared war on Upton Sinclair, the socialist muckraker turned Democratic gubernatorial nominee.
The meat industry was unregulated, and the only person with the stomach to look closely at the resulting product was Upton Sinclair, muckraker extraordinaire.
If you wanted to be a muckraker, I bet you could find lots of bad things to list as the side effects of publishing a paper in our civilization.
Like almost every honest muckraker we know, every time we write a few negative things about sport, we wind up feeling guilty.