The practice of accepting large sums of money for speaking to business or special interest groups, especially when viewed as compromising the objectivity of journalists.

[Blend of buck and muckraking, gerund of muckrake.]

buck′rak′er n.
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Its main jobs will include square baling and buckraking on silage clamps.
Just how fevered the buckraking has become was on display this past fall at American University in Washington.
Shepard explored the world of buckraking in our May 1994 issue, triggering a flurry of attention on the subject in such publications as The New Yorker and the Washington Post, and on the floor of the Senate.
Ultimately, if journalism as a calling is to be saved from journalism as buckraking, it will require journalists deciding, one at a time, that their craft has value beyond the speaking fees that their celebrity value can fetch.
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President Clinton, piously justifying his unrepentant political buckraking last fall, declared, "I have always been for changing the system.