one who spreads real or alleged scandal about another (usually for political advantage)
- That journalist is nothing but a professional muckraker.
- He's a muckraker.
- Having discovered his vocation as a cultural muckraker, he eventually secured an audience, a market and even the offer (which was refused) of Westminster Abbey as a final resting place.
- “He laid out battle plans and political strategies, in advance, with remarkable clarity,” the muckraker Jack Anderson, who was a cub reporter in China, said of Zhou in his memoirs.