Herald: WBZ fires Jonic after FBI story flap
Thu Aug 4 18:10:47 EDT 2005
>Come on, that term goes back way before Jerry Williams. I'm sure somebody
>here can tell us some of the history of muckraking journalism.
It goes back to around the turn of the century (as in, late 1890s, early
1900s) and referred to a group of journalists who investigated the excesses
of major corporations. (And believe me, when you look at what they
investigated, some of the stuff they uncovered was appalling no matter what
your personal politics might be.) Ida Tarbell, Lincoln Steffins and others
wrote articles that totally changed the culture and led to major and very
important consumer protections. A simple search for "muckrakers" ought to
turn up their history, but they were some of the most respected
investigative journalists of their time.
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