Muck-raking is a form of investigative journalism that was popularized during the American Gilded Age. It is characterized by incessant pursuit of ugly truths about business concerns (actual truth value not covered under general warranty; YMMV). The efforts of muck-rakers inspired the intervention of The Government into the economy in order to protect consumers.
Well-known muck-raking works include:
Modern examples of the muck-raking style include: