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muckraker

[ muhk-reyk-er ]
/ ˈmʌkˌreɪk ər /
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noun

a person who searches for and tries to expose real or alleged corruption, scandal, or other wrongdoing, especially in politics:The original muckrakers were the journalists who exposed child labor, sweatshops, poor living and working conditions, and government inefficiency in the early 20th century.

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