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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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Although authorities have launched a criminal investigation of Navalny, the digital muckraker remains defiant, publicly taunting his enemies.
But debate over questions raised by the muckrakers continues today, including how much government regulation--or interference, depending on your point of view--is necessary to safeguard citizens, workers, and the environment from the power of large corporations.
And so that led to the creation of the Chicago Muckrakers blog.
The deregulation of the field is better understood, Raphael believes, as being "privatized regulation" where disputes are often settled in court between the private plaintiff and the muckrakers, while the program's makers have to battle also with the interests of the advertisers and media owners, who would prefer the makers to develop programs in their own interest rather than for the interests of the public.
Rose declares Ida Tarbell, one of the first female muckrakers, who uncovered the Standard Oil monopoly, as having penned the most influential writing in his life.
In contrast to the more cautious mugwumps, Progressive muckrakers readily used sensational exposes to make their case against urban vice.
It was my wish to be an Upton Sinclair or Lincoln Steffens inside City Hall, challenging the shameful insider culture of power that has turned Los Angeles more into a city of scandals than a city of angels,'' Hayden said, invoking the names of two historic muckrakers, in a statement read by his campaign manager, Rocky Rushing.
However, as with all muckrakers, readers must be wary of innuendos and not let interpretations pass as facts.
One is an experiment in "distributed" journalism, led by veteran journalist Bill Allison, which will provide ordinary citizens with the tools of investigative journalism to allow them, as "citizen muckrakers," to hold their elected representatives accountable.
His arrangement is chronological, with chapters on such stages as colonial and revolutionary America, the antebellum era and Civil War, the muckrakers and press of the early 20th century, the World Wars and the Cold War, the journalism of change in th 1950s-70s, and media transformation in the 21st century.
The muckrakers were investigative reporters of the early 20th century who exposed injustices of Industrial Revolution America.