Like its New York counterpart, Gotham, Binn's new title is a buckraker
, not a muckraker.
By making journalists more vulnerable to public scrutiny, universal disclosure would not only tend to deter conflicts-of-interest; it would also deter the more insidious effects of the buckraker culture.
Suitably, the best term for this practice--"buckraking"--was coined by The New Republic, where several buckrakers mold their office hours around their camera calls and speaking engagements.
the majority of the outside cash is largely generated by a backlash against Obama and his policies.
"When people are distracted, government has a way of producing unpleasant surprises." As far as I can see, the only good that has come from this growing indifference is that the buckrakers
, the Washington journalists who peddle their punditry on the lecture circuit, are seeing their speaking fees shrink.
. NBC News now bans staffers from accepting speaker fees from corporations and trade associations that lobby government or take public positions on issues.
Some of the buckrakers
emphasize their God-given right to charge what the traffic will bear, regardless of the fallout.
Fallows also comes down hard on what he calls "the gravy train." Some nationally known journalists - known as "buckrakers
" - make more per speech than an average family makes in a year.