Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Blend of buck3 and muckraking, gerund of muckrake.

Examples

  • There is, in fact, a massive new truckload of baggage yet to be unpacked: the buckraking that former President Clinton has done in countries like Kazakhstan and Colombia.

    The Case Against Obama - Swampland - TIME.com

  • James Fallows and I have long followed the adventures of ABC's buckraking Cokie Roberts here, who, together with her husband Steve Roberts, accepts massive payments for speeches from industries with powerful stakes in issues she alleges to discuss without prejudice on ABC's "This Week" and elsewhere.

    Eric Alterman: Think Again: Conflicts of Interest by the Wealthy and for the Wealthy

  • So aides have come up with a plan to make the buckraking more fun: hit the resorts.

    Fun Money

  • --- Between just the two of us, how did you get your husband to agree to such apparently full financial disclosures and curtailment of his oratorical mega-buckraking?

    James Warren: Clinton, Gates -- The Unveiling

  • Certainly Hillary Clinton feels aggrieved, though part of the problem with Clinton's critique is that her life in politics is so much longer and more controversial than Obama's that there is simply more to examine: it is the rare presidential contender, for instance, who is married to a buckraking former president who lobs grenades at the first plausible African-American candidate.

    The Myth of Objectivity

  • After the buckraking and the memoirs, Clinton says he wants to do some serious good in the world.

    Citizen Clinton Up Close

  • This episode — which combines buckraking with pandering — brings back the Clinton years at their worst: the me-me-me selfishness, the occasional presumption that humanity exists to serve Team Clinton.

    Archive 2006-03-01

  • You sit in Washington, in your secure and undisclosed location, sending our soldiers off to die, enriching the pockets of your buckraking pals at Halliburton who fleece us, making up crazy theories to justify your misdeeds, and now you allege that the current leadership of the Democratic party is one with terror?

    We interrupt your regularly scheduled panic attack

  • President Obama will mix some serious campaign buckraking with diplomatic duties in New York City next month, Democratic sources tell our Washington Bureau Chief, Thomas M. DeFrank, who reports: While he's in the city for the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly, Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host three fundraising events.

    NY Daily News

  • Daly: With anti-terror funding cuts, Obama is making NYC less safe President Obama is returning Wednesday for his third visit in less than a month, bringing the increasingly familiar swirl of traffic - and buckraking - that surrounds presidential campaigns.

    NY Daily News

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  • "It's So Nice to Be Here: How Bill's big-dollar foreign buckraking is causing headaches for Hillary's campaign." Newsweek, April 21, 2008, p. 28

    April 22, 2008