Friday, 17 April 2009

Guido, Following The Tradition of Muckraking.

Guido Fawkes Modern Day Muckraker


A muckraker is an individual who seeks to expose or reveal the real or apparent corruption of businesses or governments to the public. The term originates from members of the Progressive movement in America who wanted to expose the corruption and scandals in government and business. Muckrakers often wrote about impoverished people and took aim at the established institutions of society
The term was coined by President Theodore Roosevelt in a speech in 1906.
He said: "In BunyansPilgrim's Progress you may recall the description of the Man with the Muck-rake, the man who could look no way but downward with the muck-rake in his hands; Who was offered a celestial crown for his muck-rake, but who would neither look up nor regard the crown he was offered, but continued to rake to himself the filth of the floor."
Roosevelt also said: "I hail as a benefactor every writer or speaker, every man who, on the platform or in book, magazine, or newspaper, with merciless severity makes such attack, provided always that he in turn remembers that that attack is of use only if it is absolutely truthful."
Muckraking subsequently became the term used to describe investigative journalists.
Guido Fawkes has taken on the mantle of Muckracker after the baton was dropped by elements of the MSM.
 

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