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Popehat is a law-oriented blog.[1] According to its tagline, Popehat is a "group complaint about law, liberty, and leisure". Its primary blogger, American attorney Ken White, writes about law, scams, and freedom of expression on the Internet.[2]


Popehat was established in 2004.[1] After having a low profile for many years, the blog came to widespread attention in 2012 when it documented The Oatmeal and FunnyJunk legal dispute involving Charles Carreon.[3][failed verification] It has also covered swatting,[4] IsAnybodyDown?,[5] Prenda Law,[6] scam letters,[7] and SLAPP issues.[8] The blog sometimes helps arrange pro bono counsel for affected bloggers (the "Popehat Signal")[9] including PZ Myers.[10]

It has been repeatedly linked by Boing Boing, Reddit, Instapundit, John Scalzi, Techdirt, and others and was included in the ABA Journal "Blawg 100" in 2011,[11] 2012,[12] 2013,[13] and 2014.[14] In 2015, Popehat was inducted into the ABA Journal Blawg Hall of Fame.[15]

The blog was originally anonymous[16] but White's identity was eventually uncovered.[17] White's fellow bloggers (anonymous or known to various degrees) have include Adam, Charles, David, Derrick, Grandy, Marc Randazza, Patrick, and a bovine character named Via Angus.

DPRK News Service[edit]

Two of the blog's writers, Patrick and Derrick, run a Twitter feed purporting to be the voice of North Korea.[18][19] Greta van Susteren, Slate,[20] the Washington Post, Newsweek,[21] CNN,[22] Reuters Australia, and the Daily Mail (UK)[23] have mistakenly identified the feed as authentic.[24] On the MSNBC television program Morning Joe, journalist Mark Halperin cited the feed as evidence that the government of North Korea was expressing support for Donald Trump.[25][26]


  1. ^ a b "About Popehat". Popehat. Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  2. ^ "Posts by author Ken White". Popehat. Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  3. ^ "The Oatmeal v. FunnyJunk". Popehat. 2012-06-12. Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  4. ^ "The Kimberlin Saga". Popehat. Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  5. ^ "Is Anybody Down?". Popehat. Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  6. ^ "Prenda Law". Popehat. Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  7. ^ "Anatomy of a Scam". Popehat. Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  8. ^ "Anti-SLAPP". Popehat. Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  9. ^ "The Popehat Signal". Popehat. Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  10. ^ "Last word for now". Pharyngula. 13 August 2013.
  11. ^ "The 5th Annual Blawg 100". ABA Journal. 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  12. ^ "The 6th Annual Blawg 100". ABA Journal. 2012-12-01. Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  13. ^ "The 7th Annual Blawg 100". ABA Journal. 2013-12-01. Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  14. ^ "The 2014 ABA Journal Blawg 100". ABA Journal. 2014-12-19. Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  15. ^ "The 2015 ABA Journal Blawg 100 Hall of Fame". ABA Journal. 2015-12-01. Retrieved 2015-12-14.
  16. ^ "Why I Blog Anonymously, And Why It's OK: Ed Whelan of NRO Outs Blogger Publius of Obsidian Wings". Popehat. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
  17. ^ O'Keefe, Kevin (2011-12-30). "Popehat unmasked : For a good cause". Kevin.lexblog.com. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
  18. ^ "North Korea's News Service Barely Needs to be Spoofed but This Duo Nails It". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  19. ^ "DPRK News Service". Retrieved 2015-12-14.
  20. ^ "Slate article, including correction/retraction". Slate.com. Retrieved 2015-12-14.
  21. ^ "Newsweek article, including correction/retraction". Newsweek.com. Retrieved 2015-12-14.
  22. ^ "CNN article, including correction/retraction". CNN.com. Retrieved 2015-12-14.
  23. ^ "Daily Mail (UK) article, including correction/retraction". DailyMail.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-12-14.
  24. ^ "Popehat overview of hoax picked up by mainstream media". Popehat.com. Retrieved 2015-12-14.
  25. ^ "Why Do Media Outlets Still Fall Victim to Twitter Parody". motherboard.vice.com. Retrieved 2015-12-14.
  26. ^ "No, North Korea Did Not Offer Support for Noted Scholar Donald Trump". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2015-12-14.

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