Definition of muckraking in English:



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

    [as modifier] ‘a muckraking journalist’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Schlosser does nothing more than repackage some of the same tired old myths about capitalism that earlier generations of muckraking socialists perpetrated.’
    • ‘The rest, though is a collection of opinion, commentary and muckraking, with a distinctive conservative bent.’
    • ‘Mainstream journalists used to leave such muckraking to the denizens of the swamp where tabloid reporters reside. Not any more.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, I await your examples of innuendo, ad hominem attacks, muckraking, uncharity and namecalling in my article.’
    • ‘It includes samples of muckraking, the classic literature of exposure of a hundred years ago, as well as generic muckraking - investigative reporting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To bring it up now is surely muckraking is it not?’
    • ‘As usual, Jack has done a first-rate job of muckraking, but there is no way to disguise that boxing is planned savagery.’
    • ‘Instead, Snider's point is that both sides settle for easy answers to complex problems, finding their solution in pointless blame-placing and muckraking.’
    • ‘Since then, the magazine has gained fame for its relentless muckraking.’
    • ‘This week on the Media Report we talk to prominent US journalists trying to halt the slide from genuine investigation to sensationalist muckraking.’
    • ‘It is so unfortunate that there is still a need for journalistic muckraking.’
    • ‘Rumours and muckraking is the stock in trade of the government and it came out public.’
    • ‘But I hope that here we can avoid that kind of simplistic muckraking and have a serious discussion about judicial philosophy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That doesn't mean it shouldn't be done simply because this kind of muckraking exacerbates cynicism about public officials.’
    • ‘Forgive Green if he's still learning the art of muckraking.’
    • ‘Do you have any muckraking journalists over there?’
    malicious gossip, slander, libel, scandalmongering, calumny, defamation, aspersions, muckraking, 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.