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muhkray ker

  • n  one who spreads real or alleged scandal about another (usually for political advantage)

  • One is the turn-of-the-century muckraker Jacob Riis, who saw New York City as a social problem to be solved.
  • Troy's strength as a muckraker rests not in his prose but in his grasp of Oklahoma affairs and his vigor in finding new facts.
  • The crusading muckraker, the flamboyant expatriate, the dedicated brain-trusterall these convenient tags are gone.

  • Barbara Seaman in Reform Judaism
    I didn't start out to be a muckraker,Seaman says. "My goal was simply to try and give women plain facts that would help them to make their own decisions, so they wouldn't have to rely on authority figures."
  • Ted Honderich in Guardian Unlimited
    It is as though it was a piece of shit by some adolescent muckraker,says Honderich. "But anyway, with that he was the first to insult me in print."
  • Curtis Sliwa in News Hounds (blog)
    The 53 year-old Sliwa, still dressed in his adolescent red beret and jacket, asked in his overheated, hyperbolic shout, "I think the more important thing is, who is the muckraker getting this up? Larry Flynt is focused totally on Republicans: He...

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