While muckraking articles began appearing in the late 1800s, the January 1903 issue of McClure’s Magazine is generally credited with the launch of muckraking journalism. The term “muckraker” actually appeared later, initially in comments by President Teddy Roosevelt in a 1906 speech about journalism, when Roosevelt referred to a character in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress as “the Man with the Muck-Rake.” Originally used as a pejorative, the public came to embrace the term, as well as the work provided by these intrepid writers.
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There are many ways to spread information, and news is not always straight-up and objective like the public tends to thinks it is. People should know what they’re talking about with regard to media before they “go off half-cocked” when referencing journalism. They should, at the very least, know some basics terms.