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intr.v. muck·raked, muck·rak·ing, muck·rakes
To search for and expose misconduct in public life.

[From the man with the muckrake, tool for raking muck, who cannot look up to heaven because he is so obsessed with the muck of worldly profit, in Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan.]

muck′rak′er n.
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Noun1.muckraker - one who spreads real or alleged scandal about another (usually for political advantage)
political science, politics, government - the study of government of states and other political units
depreciator, detractor, disparager, knocker - one who disparages or belittles the worth of something


[ˈmʌkˌreɪkəʳ] N (pej) → escarbador(a) m/f de vidas ajenas
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This kind of myopic, knee-jerk policy muckracking is disastrous if you cannot contain the aftermath.
And there have been useful social histories on American newspapers that include, for example, discussion of literary realism and new journalism, such as Michael Shudson's Discovering the News: A Social History of American Newspapers (1978) or Cecelia Tichi's cultural history on muckracking in America, Exposes and Excess (2004), or Jeff Allred's study of 1930s documentary forms, American Modernism and Depression Documentary (2009).
Finally, conspiracy theories about finance are studied through satire, cartoons, and muckracking journalism, demonstrating the urge to reconcile structure with agency by personifying an impersonal system as a conspiracy of the powerful.