muckraker Roberto Saviano summed it up perfectly last week when he spoke at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia.
Honestly, most of the posts and tweets that matter trace their way back to an ink-stained finger on some muckraker somewhere.
Instead, the muckraker only seemed to grow bolder and more dangerous with his every revelation.
What a drop for Joe, from what he had been, to this wretched violent little sheet, this muckraker of the ocean world.
muckraker: One who sits on the fence and defames American enterprise as it marches by.
And when the term "muckraker" came into use, I remember his deep satisfaction.
A somewhat similar experiment was concerned with a magazine editor and a life-size mannikin made up to resemble a muckraker.
It was a relief not to be accepted only as Everett the muckraker, as a professional reformer, as one holier than others.
For some moments the muckraker considered the statement thoughtfully.
A loyal Adopted Son of California, a novelist and muckraker, returned a few years ago to the beloved land of his adoption.
c.1600, "one who rakes muck," from muck (n.) + agent noun from rake (v.). Meaning "one who inquires into and publishes scandal and allegations of corruption among political and business leaders," popularized 1906 in speech by President Theodore Roosevelt, in reference to "man ... with a Muckrake in his hand" in Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" (1684) who seeks worldly gain by raking filth.
The men with the muck-rakes are often indispensable to the well-being of society, but only if they know when to stop raking the muck. [T. Roosevelt, quoted in "Cincinnati Enquirer," April 15, 1906.]Muckrake in sense "person who hunts scandal" is attested from 1872. To muckrake (v.) in the literal sense is from 1879; figuratively from 1910. Related: Muckraking.