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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Congress's power to blunt abuses, from Trump's obstruction of the Mueller investigation to the multimillion-dollar buckraking at Trump properties, realistically begins and ends with Pelosi.
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.
Today, Novak, a sterling beneficiary of First Amendment protections, closes his gathering to the media--a gambit that would simply not be allowed if he were a flail-time employee of any respectable newspaper (he slips through the cracks of ethics rules as a syndicated columnist with a loose affiliation with the Chicago SunTimes, as well as a regular contributor to CNN, which clearly does not care about his ethically-challenged buckraking).
In a panel enticingly called "Buckraking," James Warren, deputy managing editor for features at the Chicago Tribune, described the Trib's latest newsroom-ethics crackdown.
They get exposure, name recognition and an opening on the "buckraking" lecture circuit where they can earn fees in five figures for opining on subjects they either know little about or are supposed to be covering as impartial experts.
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.
How to puncture Banion's perfect, buckraking world?
Journalists have been "buckraking" for years, speaking to trade associations, corporations, charities, academic institutions and social groups.
President Clinton, piously justifying his unrepentant political buckraking last fall, declared, "I have always been for changing the system.
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.