Definition of muckrake
: to search out and publicly expose real or apparent misconduct of a prominent individual or business
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Recent Examples of muckrake from the Web
Consider the case of Mexican journalist Martin Mendez Pineda, whose muckraking reporting led the federal police to threaten his life.
The result is that the space for independent, muckraking journalism has shrunk further.
Muckraking gave an utterance to the small business men and to the larger public, who dominated reform politics.
Wayne Barrett, the muckraking Village Voice columnist who carved out a four-decade career tilting at developers, landlords and politicians, among them Donald J. Trump and Rudolph W. Giuliani, died on Thursday in Manhattan.
To prevent a Communist clamp down on Hong Kong in 1997, publisher Jimmy Lai is unleashing a storm of muckraking today.
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muckrake and John Bunyan
The noun muckrake (literally, a rake for muck, i.e., manure) rose out of the dung heap and into the realm of literary metaphor in 1684. That's when John Bunyan used it in Pilgrim's Progress to represent man's preoccupation with earthly things. "The Man with the Muckrake," he wrote, "could look no way but downward." In a 1906 speech, President Teddy Roosevelt recalled Bunyan's words while railing against journalists he thought focused too much on exposing corruption in business and government.
Origin and Etymology of muckrake
obsolete muckrake, noun, rake for dung
First Known Use: 1879See Words from the same year
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