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- n. One who investigates and exposes issues of corruption that often violate widely held values; e.g. one who exposes political corruption or the poor conditions in prisons.
- n. A sensationalist, scandal-mongering journalist, one who is not driven by any social principles.
- n. One of a group of American investigative reporters, novelists and critics of the Progressive Era (the 1890s to the 1920s)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A person who habitually muckrakes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. one who spreads real or alleged scandal about another (usually for political advantage)
Believed to have been coined following a 1906 speech by United States President Theodore Roosevelt, in which he likened the investigative journalist to ‘the Man with the Muck-rake’, a character in John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. (Wiktionary)