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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 OPPOSITE SIDE OF GOODWIN'S LACK of concern with constitutional strictures is her enthusiasm for Roosevelt's partnership with the muckraking reporters, especially the big three associated with McClure's, but also the Kansas editor, William Allen White.
2) Perhaps the most ambitious such enterprise is the online global muckraking of The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, whose 100 participating reporters in 50 countries collaborate on exposes that cross national boundaries.
To some, muckraking is akin to so-called "yellow" or biased journalism.
Tackling political subjects in art making has always been a risky business, and there are moments when Mason teeters on the edge of standup comedy, bathing her rhetoric in self-indulgent muckraking.
Schwarzenegger sounding a little more like a real Republican this month, I suppose a muckraking documentary such as "Running With Arnold" is in order.
There are major differences between aggressive reporting and unabashed muckraking, between thoughtful analysis and conspiracy theories, and between good-faith criticism and cynical character assassination.
This time out America's premiere muckraking filmmaker wants to know why every other industrialized nation in the world has chosen to make access to health care a basic right, and why the richest country on the planet lets 50 million people fall through the holes of our pay-as-you-go health care system.
When her father, who owns an apple orchard in Australia, is accused of toxic over-spraying by a muckraking television journalist, it is a blessing in disguise.
Wells's film treatment for Whither Mankind; the score for The Casino Girl, a musical comedy that played the Casino Theatre at the start of the 20th century; Cole Porter's 1916 See America First; and David Belasco's prompt book for William DeMille's muckraking drama The Woman.
Upton Sinclair's muckraking book, The Jungle, generated the public outrage that won passage of the 1906 Pure Foods and Drugs Act, which empowered the government to seize dangerous products.
Investigated Reporting is an ambitious exploration of the relationship between journalism and regulation during American television's first sustained period of muckraking, between 1960 and 1975.