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Buffalo or bison? Muckrakers adopt a mascot

Strong, determined, resilient, protective, and manifesting a longing for freedom. These are just some of the characteristics of the wild buffalo, characteristics we at Muckraker embrace. Our recent travelogue covering several Western national parks this past summer found us spending time in Yellowstone where we were able to observe these majestic animals. The beasts enamored us enough to adopt the wild buffalo as our official mascot. Marshaling a quote from Kathleen Stachowski, in her Lessons Learned From Wild Bison: “Yellowstone’s majestic bison are wild, in part, because they still follow their instinctual drive to migrate, unimpeded by fences. Observing them can teach us lessons that I can only wish more of our own species would embrace.”

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The Muckrakers: a history

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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