Definition of muckraking in English:



mass noun
  • The action of searching out and publicizing scandal about famous people.

    as modifier ‘a muckraking journalist’
    • ‘Since then, the magazine has gained fame for its relentless muckraking.’
    • ‘That doesn't mean it shouldn't be done simply because this kind of muckraking exacerbates cynicism about public officials.’
    • ‘Do you have any muckraking journalists over there?’
    • ‘Rumours and muckraking is the stock in trade of the government and it came out public.’
    • ‘Like old-fashioned muckraking, smearing people for political advantage is nothing new but it has recently become ‘respectable’ enough for the smearing to be done proudly, with no holds barred.’
    • ‘It is so unfortunate that there is still a need for journalistic muckraking.’
    • ‘Instead, Snider's point is that both sides settle for easy answers to complex problems, finding their solution in pointless blame-placing and muckraking.’
    • ‘They didn't want to inflame the envy of common people; they didn't want to expose themselves to muckraking scrutiny; they didn't want to endanger the security of their families.’
    • ‘Mainstream journalists used to leave such muckraking to the denizens of the swamp where tabloid reporters reside. Not any more.’
    • ‘The rise of mass-circulation monthly magazines with an appreciative, national middle-class audience in the 1890s brought yet another sign of the reporter's authority: muckraking.’
    • ‘The rest, though is a collection of opinion, commentary and muckraking, with a distinctive conservative bent.’
    • ‘Forgive Green if he's still learning the art of muckraking.’
    • ‘They want you to think they're just investigating muckraking fools and tracked down this bust through a series of astute analyses and fancy footwork, when probably the total extent of their exertion was picking up a phone.’
    • ‘As usual, Jack has done a first-rate job of muckraking, but there is no way to disguise that boxing is planned savagery.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, I await your examples of innuendo, ad hominem attacks, muckraking, uncharity and namecalling in my article.’
    • ‘To bring it up now is surely muckraking is it not?’
    • ‘It includes samples of muckraking, the classic literature of exposure of a hundred years ago, as well as generic muckraking - investigative reporting.’
    • ‘Schlosser does nothing more than repackage some of the same tired old myths about capitalism that earlier generations of muckraking socialists perpetrated.’
    • ‘But I hope that here we can avoid that kind of simplistic muckraking and have a serious discussion about judicial philosophy.’
    • ‘This week on the Media Report we talk to prominent US journalists trying to halt the slide from genuine investigation to sensationalist muckraking.’
    malicious gossip, malicious rumour, malicious rumours, slander, libel, scandalmongering, calumny, defamation, aspersions, smear campaign
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Coined by President Theodore Roosevelt in a speech (1906) alluding to Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress and the man with the muck rake.