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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In addition to the Internet, with its global reach for databases and cloud storage, modern muckrakers are using mobile and satellite phones as well as high-definition video and graphics, and they are exploring global positioning systems, radio frequency identification and even private drones to track investigative targets.
More than a Muckraker: Ida 'Tarbell's Lifetime in Journalism.
www.pace.edu/library/ pages/links/muckrakers/ Pages/Muckrakers.htm is a Pace University Web site with a feature about muckrakers, past and present.
Steffens as the original muckraker. For a half-dozen years he pried into the corruption of our major cities bent upon municipal reform.
I imbibed the attitude of the gadfly and muckraker with my daily three o'clock glass of milk, seeping into my bones and remaining with me for life.
the best law investigative agency in the world and kept it that way for nearly five decades, now has been given the muckraker treatment by Anthony Summers.
Roosevelt said, "The men with the muckrakes are often indispensable to the well-being of society, but only if they know when to stop raking the muck." The term muckraker quickly became established in popular use as a name for reform writers such as Lincoln Steffens, Ida M.
Property records show the Emmy-winning and famously profligate muckraker and entrepreneur, whom Forbes estimated in 2013 was worth $400 million, and who dropped $300,000 on dinner at a Las Vegas steakhouse earlier this year, also owns a couple of apartments in a topnotch building in New York City's Tribeca neighborhood.
He then pretended to speak to Guru-Murthy, 45, and said: "You are a bottomfeeding muckraker." He told Stern: "What I have to do in the future is say, 'That is more than likely a syphilitic parasite and I need to distance myself from this clown'.
Though known for his histories of the Old West, White was the essential muckraker, who spotlighted corruption at every turn, especially during his 15 years on the staff of Collier's.
Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman" follows the life of Jerry Schneiderman, whose legal career prospered, then quickly spun out of control when his business party ate a bullet via assassin.
It's not quite "American Idol" for journalists, but Muckraker: The Truth in Reality aims to combine the popular reality show format with hard-hitting investigative journalism.