View synonyms for muckraker


[ muhk-reyk-er ]


  1. 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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Unlike Mitford, Doughty did not approach the business as a professional muckraker.

Sinclair was a self-avowed socialist and a muckraker whose journalism was partly responsible for exposing Hearst’s brand of “yellow journalism” — a kind of “fake news” — and showing how it pushed the limits of the American ideal of the “free press.”

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Honestly, most of the posts and tweets that matter trace their way back to an ink-stained finger on some muckraker somewhere.

Muckraker Roberto Saviano summed it up perfectly last week when he spoke at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia.

Instead, the muckraker only seemed to grow bolder and more dangerous with his every revelation.

It was a relief not to be accepted only as Everett the Muckraker, as a professional reformer, as one holier than others.

For three years on that most sensational of the New York dailies he had been the star man, the chief muckraker, the chief sleuth.

She discoursed long and accurately on the personal New York affairs of the returned muckraker.

A loyal Adopted Son of California, a novelist and muckraker, returned a few years ago to the beloved land of his adoption.

What a drop for Joe, from what he had been, to this wretched violent little sheet, this muckraker of the ocean world.