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Badger's Law states that the content of any website which contains the word "truth" in its name or URL contains anything but that. The law states:

Websites with the word "Truth" in the URL have none in the posted content.

In practice, this means that websites with this word in their name and/or URL can be considered webshites. Citing such webshites as a credible source is in turn a violation of Scopie's Law. WorldTruth.TV is a prime example of this.

Origins[edit]

The law was named in April 2016 on Facebook by the admin of the page "Genetically Modified Humans for Monsanto"[1] and has since quickly been taken over by other pro-science pages.[2][3]

Extension[edit]

Badger's Law also seems to apply in the cases of certain other words:

Prevalence in the clogosphere[edit]

A scan of the questionable sources presented at Media Bias/Fact Check reveals many examples of Badger's Law. These webshites are all noted for extremist viewpoints and employ a full range of tactics typical of extremism: clickbait headlines, hate speech, lack of transparency, pseudoscience, political propaganda, conspiracy theories, and fake news. Examples include:

  • Americans For Truth about Homosexuality: A far-right extremist webshite that "seeks to apply the same single-minded determination to opposing the radical homosexual agenda and standing for God-ordained sexuality and the natural family as countless homosexual groups do in promoting their harmful agenda."[4]
  • American Truth Today: A hyper-partisan extreme right conservative webshite that completely lacks transparency. Appears to be a personal blog run by someone named Jim Hayek.[5]
  • Blunt Force Truth: A blog hosted by long-time game show host Chuck Woolery. Extreme far-right bias, promotion of propaganda and conspiracy theories, republishes news from other hyper-partisan conservative sources.[6]
  • Grain of Truth: A far-right conservative news and opinion blog based somewhere in Canada. This webshite completely lacks transparency as there isn’t an about page, authors are not named and ownership is not disclosed.[7]
  • Stone Cold Truth: Roger Stone's personal blog. Content is poorly sourced, marginally factual, and oozes conspiracy theories.[8]
  • The Truth Voice: An extreme-right anti-Islam webshite, part of a network of webshites that all publish negative stories toward Islam and attempt to paint a picture of Muslims as murderous and violent.[9]
  • Truth Examiner: A far-left sensationalized "news" and opinion webshite full of clickbait headlines and poorly sourced information. Now offline.[10]
  • Truth and Action: An extreme right wing webshite that caters content to preppers, gun nuts, and survivalists with healthy doses of conspiracy theories and pseudoscience.[11]
  • Truth in Media: A webshite owned by American television personality Benjamin Swann, that specializes in pseudoscience and conspiracy theories. Promoted the Sandy Hook and Pizzagate conspiracies, and spread false information related to the COVID-19 pandemic.[12]
  • Truth Uncensored: An extreme far-right webshite featuring clickbait headlines, propaganda, and regurgitating crap from other questionable sources. Earned a misleading claim from Snopes.[13]

Examples of Badger's Law have a big presence in alternative media. One can easily spin the dial of a shortwave radio and come across such examples as:

  • Beacon of Truth: Evangelistic religious organization with a large footprint on shortwave radio.[14]
  • Beautiful Truth: A 9/11 truther that spent hours on end babbling about 9/11 conspiracy theories.
  • Herald of Truth: Thinly veiled white supremacy screeds masquerading as Christian religious content.[15]
  • Radio Free Truth: A pretentious blowhard foisting his fundamentalist viewpoints onto the airwaves.[16]
  • Stairway Truth: An obscure preacher from Tennessee.
  • Table of Truth: "Brother Ben" presents a weird take on oddball religious fundamentalism. Seems to be weirdly fixated on Brother Stair.[17]
  • Truth, Light, and Life: An "international" ministry using radio to bore the hell out of people.[18]

Possible exceptions[edit]

Note that Badger's Law has exceptions; in particular, it does not apply recursively (for example, "example.com/blog/my-experience-with-foobartruth-dot-org" is probably an acceptable primary source about "foobartruth.org"). It applies less strongly when the URL is in the form of a question ("example.com/blog/is-frank-telling-the-truth-about-his-encounter-with-mr-badger"), as many such cases fall under the scope of Betteridge's law.

See also[edit]

Exceptions to the rule[edit]

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More seriously, there are actually some exceptions to the rule.

References[edit]

  1. https://www.facebook.com/GenMods4Monsanto/photos/a.348632358621103.1073741828.348578411959831/628851123932557/
  2. https://www.facebook.com/therealcrediblehulk/photos/a.892787380752581.1073741828.892778157420170/1162959590402024/
  3. https://www.facebook.com/You.keep.using/photos/a.421150881298641.102335.415508481862881/1021569427923447/
  4. Americans for Truth (AFTAH), Media Bias Fact Check, 4 February 2020.
  5. American Truth Today, Media Bias Fact Check, 23 February 2020.
  6. Blunt Force Truth, Media Bias Fact Check, 8 June 2021.
  7. Grain of Truth, Media Bias Fact Check, 5 October 2020.
  8. Stone Cold Truth, Media Bias Fact Check, 21 August 2020.
  9. The Truth Voice, Media Bias Fact Check, 19 May 2021.
  10. Truth Examiner, Media Bias Fact Check, 16 November 2020.
  11. Truth and Action, Media Bias Fact Check, 26 September 2020.
  12. Truth In Media, Media Bias Fact Check, 22 April 2021.
  13. Truth Uncensored, Media Bias Fact Check, 16 November 2020.
  14. Radio broadcast schedule, Beacon of Truth Ministries International.
  15. Kingdom Identity Minsitries, Southern Poverty Law Center.
  16. Glenn Hauser's DX Listening Digest, 6-081, June 1, 2006.
  17. Table of Truth Ministries, Brother Ben. thenetteam.net.
  18. About, Truth, Light & Life Ministries International.
  19. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-truth-about-guns/
  20. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/exposing-the-truth/
  21. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-elkhart-truth/
  22. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/citizen-truth/
  23. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/truthdig/