muck-raking(redirected from mud 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.