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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 magic of Progressive era muckraking was its centrality.
I feel very strongly that a credible journalism program has to teach and practice thorough reporting, including what people call 'muckraking' or 'investigative journalism.'"
"There is filth on the floor, and it must be scraped up with the muckrake," Theodore Roosevelt told journalists investigating corruption in the Senate in 1906; but, he added, those who insist on publicly exposing that filth risk becoming "one of the most potent forces of evil." Roosevelt wasn't the first politician to take offense at what instantly became known as muckraking, and he wouldn't be the last.
Showing a delightful zest for muckraking on an epic scale, Strohmeyer chronicles a few of the best and many of the worst environmental and economic ramifications of Alaskan oil development.
<IR> MCCLURE </IR> called Irwin to McClure's Magazine where he did muckraking stories.
Phillips is known for his muckraking articles, especially the series entitled The Treason of the Senate, which appeared in Cosmopolitan in 1906 (see muckrakers ).
Duterte to indulge in muckraking about the personal life of the senator; such 'character assassination' was unacceptable; everyone should just stick to the real issue, which is whether or not the senator was a coddler of drug lords.
By examining events and topics as diverse as Watergate, muckraking in political campaigns, the effect of Edward R.
As if subconsciously influenced by the muckraking journalists of that era, Hilts rails against the greed of the trusts and combinations that foisted their shoddy wares on a duped populace.
If that means tarnishing the reputation and betraying the confidences of his late employer princess Diana,making puerile digs at other members of the Royal family and causing extreme anguish and torment to Princes William and Harry by his peevish muckraking of events, thenBurrell apparently has no hesitation in using them to his advantage.
Conservative publishing surged in the Clinton years, with a stream of muckraking books bashing the Clintons.
Inspired in part by the lucid muckraking spirit of Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation, Deller's guidebook points out revealing landmarks and minor tourist attractions--a mini-museum devoted to burlesque, for example--that have deep, sometimes insidious cultural meanings (like the seemingly ubiquitous correctional facilities along the highway) and, as it happens, house individuals who carry the torch of some vanishing belief system.