muck-raking


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muck-raking

1. adjective Characterized by trying to find out unpleasant information about someone, so as to damage their public reputation. Used before a noun. I think your "newspaper" is just gossipy trash written by muck-raking vultures.
2. noun The act of gathering such information. I hate the muck-raking that goes on ad nauseum during an election season.
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If a serious blog works best when it is independent, then the same is even more true for a satirical or muck-raking site.
No, not really, and thankfully so, because Wednesday's special was far removed from an instantly deletable catalogue of unsustainable, lopsided, muck-raking instances, about which several people within the sport, working from total ignorance of the actual content, had expressed fears.
And much as we might deplore trial by media - especially that branch of the media that wallows in muck-raking mischief - he must surely, at the very least, put himself on gardening leave until after the FIA votes have been counted and the courts have ruled on his charges against the News Of The World.
If, like us, you take an unhealthy interest in gratuitous gossip, one look at this muck-raking message board will have you torching your back copies of Heat magazine.
Benny Hill's Millions celebrated muck-raking about the great comic's last will while managing to dig out unsavoury facts.
Bono's supporters dismissed the report as muck-raking, claiming the criticism was politically motivated.
In fairness, Safire did important muck-raking of the connections between Asian-American donors and the Clinton-Gore campaign.
He is portrayed as a muck-raking outsider, motivated by his own memories of failing to listen to an abused sister and ready to see abuse in every minute comment or movement of the children.
The move comes ahe a documentary about owner Craig Whyte whi to be broadcast tomorro Rangers have branded programme "a prejud muck-raking exercise".
Max has been reduced to the role of muck-raking hack, trawling through bins for tacky celebrity stories to sell to the tabloids.
Hallstrom sustains tension, introducing an intriguing subplot suggesting collusion between the billionaire and Clifford, in exchange for political muck-raking.
There's another three months of this high-level muck-raking scheduled to go yet, to no purpose whatsoever.
By 1905, Morel was on a muck-raking mission to reveal the ongoing bloodbath, which novelist Joseph Conrad vividly captured in his novella "Heart of Darkness.
Muck-raking biographer Kitty Kelley thinks all three have combined to construct a rose-strewn path to the top along which successive Bushes have skipped lightly to their destiny.