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Did Professional Sarkeesian-hater Davis Aurini Commit Felony Wire Fraud? Hell if I know, but he’s definitely an unethical dick.

Davis Aurini, doing his best "Blue Steel" for the camera.
Davis Aurini, doing his best impersonation of a cartoon villain.

On Friday, expat woman-hating woman-chaser Roosh Valizadeh put up a post on his Return of Kings blog with the sensationalized headline Did Anita Sarkeesian Commit Felony Wire Fraud?”

Roosh breathlessly “reported” that

Two independent journalists have confirmed with the San Francisco Police Department that Anita Sarkeesian, a video game social justice warrior, may have used false pretenses to raise money for her non-profit entity. The police have said that she has not contacted them as she claimed after receiving a Twitter death threat in August. Under Federal law, this may put her on the hook for felony wire fraud.

The two “independent journalists” in question are tech journalist and self-described “fan of 4chan” Milo Yiannopoulos of Breitbart, and Davis Aurini, the cigarette-smoking, scotch-drinking, Anton LaVey-looking blogger who’s trying to raise money to make a “documentary” about the evils of Anita Sarkeesian and “social justice warriors.”

Both journalists – well, the one dude who writes for a sleazeball right-wing site and the other dude who’s not actually a journalist at all – did indeed contact the San Francisco Police Department and were told by a media spokesman that he couldn’t find a record of Sarkeesian contacting them about the threats she received in August.

This bit of “news” sent #GamerGaters and other Sarkeesian-haters around the internet into a bit of a frenzy.

But it turns out they got worked up over nothing. The police spokesman just hadn’t looked hard enough. A day after Tweeting a number of accusatory questions to Sarkeesian, Yiannopoulos had to backtrack, noting in a series of Tweets that he’d had another conversation with the SFPD, who told him that Sarkeesian had in fact reported the harassment to the FBI.

Another writer posted emails he’d gotten from the police spokesman that seemed to confirm Yiannopoulos’ updated information. In the emails, SFPD Public Information Officer Albie Esparza said that Sarkeesian had indeed contacted the SFPD in August but that the case had been handed off to the FBI. (I’ve confirmed this with Esparza .)

Given that the main “proof” that Sarkeesian was lying about the threats she said she received had just vanished into thin air, you might expect that Roosh and Aurini might, you know, correct their now-clearly incorrect posts on the subject and retract their accusations. Well, not so much.

Roosh’s post remains up, with only a brief “update” at the end, noting that “the police have changed their story and now state that they were contacted.” Aurini’s post remains unchanged, and as I write this he’s posted nothing more on the subject.

Even considering the people we’re dealing with here, the hypocrisy is breathtaking.

Roosh ends his post by declaring that

these new revelations concerning Sarkeesian show that no form of media is safe from the SJW and feminist agenda, and that we must do all the fact checking ourselves. The entire media establishment in the United States is potentially corrupt. Proceed accordingly.

Yet he refuses to frankly acknowledge that the “new revelations concerning Sarkeesian” were based on faulty information, offering instead a weasel-worded “update.”

Aurini, for his part, claims in his post to be “fight[ing] for openness and integrity within Tech and Video Game circles.” But he hasn’t bothered to update his post.

When ethical journalists discover that they were wrong about something, they acknowledge their errors and post straightforward corrections. When they get something spectacularly wrong, they apologize.

Somehow I don’t think we’ll be getting apologies from either of these guys.

And thus we get to the whole wire fraud thing. In his post, Roosh repeated a claim made by Mike Cernovich of the “game” blog Danger and Play, who tweeted:

https://twitter.com/PlayDangerously/status/510245982131335169

https://twitter.com/PlayDangerously/status/510246926990594048

As it turns out, there’s zero proof that Sarkeesian lied about anything here. And she made no direct connection between the threats and her Tweet asking for donations.

Indeed, by Cernovich’s logic it’s Davis Aurini, not Anita Sarkeesian, who’s guilty of felony wire fraud. Why?

Because in his post, he made a direct connection between his accusations against Sarkeesian and his own fundraising efforts. Here’s how he ended his piece:

Personally, I’d like to see a lot MORE documentation on Sarkeesian, because this isn’t the only claim she’s made which I suspect is fraudulent – and not just her, but all of the individuals hiding behind the shield of Social Justice, and the journalists who have been aiding and abetting them, culminating in outrage known as #GamerGate. That’s why Jordan Owen and myself have started a Patreon page, so that we can create a feature-length documentary about these people and their methods, and how they bully and victimize the very people they claim to support.

So please help us get this documentary made, so that we can fight for openness and integrity within Tech and Video Game circles, and expose the professional victims for the con artists that they are. Please support our documentary, The Sarkeesian Effect: Inside the World of Social Justice Warriors.

Given that Aurini now knows that his post was based on faulty information, and given that he hasn’t corrected his post or retracted his insinuations, could he now be guilty of felony wire fraud?

For what it’s worth, I don’t think so. While admittedly I’m no lawyer, Cernovich’s logic seems to me like a bit of a stretch.

I do feel safe in saying, however, that neither Roosh V. nor Davis Aurini should be lecturing anyone about ethics.

UPDATE: I confirmed with the SFPD that Sarkeesian had indeed called the SFPD and that the case was handed off to the FBI; the post has been updated to reflect that.

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thebewilderness
thebewilderness
6 years ago

I am not amused.

Sean Hall
6 years ago

@ Sean……I don’t argue with ideologues. If I thought I could POSSIBLY get you to reconsider your point of view I would engage with you. But that ain’t happening.
Anyway…

I was thinking the same thing with you.

sparky
sparky
6 years ago

“I’m a man”

Thats debateable

Ugh. Really? That’s such stereotypical dudebro retort. Boring.

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

But if gender roles don’t matter then why would it matter legally? As far as I’m concerned then Ray Rice and his fiancé had nothing more than a street fight. Because it they didn’t then obviously gender matters and is important. And therefore cannot be a social construct.

If one person uses a disproportionate amount of violence it isn’t a fist fight, it’s assault. Legally speaking, you are not allowed to use force above and beyond what is needed for self defense. You make jokes about domestic violence, but I wouldn’t be surprised if you are an abuser. You seem to be really eager to make it OK to beat a woman.

Size and power matter. Ray Rice is much bigger and stronger than Janay Rice. It would be just as reprehensible for me, an able bodied woman in my 30s to beat a 6 year old boy or a frail elderly man or a disabled man. It would be wrong to beat up someone equivalent to me in size and strength too but it would be even more immoral to beat someone weaker.

Sean Hall
6 years ago

Was Creedence a racist jibe? Never heard that one.

Pathetic, you can always tell when a leftist is losing a debate. They find an escape word, like racist, bigot, or sexist. Try harder cupcake.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
6 years ago

I see we’ve reached the NO U stage.

marinerachel
marinerachel
6 years ago

I’ve watched the tape. I didn’t see her smack him. I saw him assault her.

Assuming she did smack him first though, she’s responsible for the initial assault and he’s responsible for a completely disproportionate use of force in response to her assault on him which could have killed her.

Sean Hall
6 years ago

“Size and power matter. Ray Rice is much bigger and stronger than Janay Rice. It would be just as reprehensible for me, an able bodied woman in my 30s to beat a 6 year old boy or a frail elderly man or a disabled man. It would be wrong to beat up someone equivalent to me in size and strength too but it would be even more immoral to beat someone weaker.”

So then gender really does matter then right?

Cassie's Major Domo
Cassie's Major Domo
6 years ago

“Cupcake.” Never heard that one before.

This one is loaded with the cliches, including the “I’m winning because I said so!” tripe.

It's A Furret (@RicksWriting)

So then gender really does matter then right?

What part of size and power is difficult for your to process? Or are you unable to imagine large female marine? Or do you believe that strong women and weak men don’t exist?

Sean Hall
6 years ago

Seriously ladies….and at least one, I guess male I really do have to go. But yes, you have all fallen into a trap. A commie trap that they have been using for centuries. Its kinda like how they tell fat people they are fat because of something other them themselves. You are weak minded and impressionable. Thats why leftist filled up Jim Jones people temple. Goodnight.

sparky
sparky
6 years ago

I’m saying she smacked him first. So if gender roles don’t exist and you seek equality then why is he in trouble for hitting her back? Cuz he’s a man and hit her harder? Because a man should never hit a woman? If gender doesn’t exist then his actions are ok.

And who sustained the injuries? Who got hurt? Who was the most seriously injured.

Again, this is not that difficult a concept to grasp. I suspect that you are that wonderful combination of willfully ignorant and pure assholery.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
6 years ago

This has wandered a long, long way from “You know in your hearts, because hearts are logic, that I’m right” and yet we’re still somehow in the same subdivision.

Cassie's Major Domo
Cassie's Major Domo
6 years ago

A commie trap that they have been using for centuries.

Ahahahahahah! FUCKING PERFECT! Back to Cold War insults right before a second flounce.

marinerachel
marinerachel
6 years ago

I haven’t had to try all day. Is “Creedence” supposed to be a reference to the Cree or what? It’s obviously distinct from the word “credence” so I asked you for clarification. Now you’re accusing me of calling you racist. That’s kneejerk reactionary behaviour. I did no such thing. You went there, not me. Your attempt to characterise me as having done so is on you.

I don’t know if you’re racist but I am curious if the term you used is a racial reference.

Oh, and NO U! (Did I do that right?)

sparky
sparky
6 years ago

Stic the flounce this time, Sean. The wonky conspiracy theories were funny, but you are a true douchebag, so yeah, don’t come back.

It's A Furret (@RicksWriting)

at least one, I guess male

Ooh nice. Haven’t heard that one since high school, but I suppose it’s appropriate given the level of discourse.

marinerachel
marinerachel
6 years ago

I have a good life in which I’m able to use my knowledge and skills to provide myself and others with a great deal. No inclination to join a communist suicide cult either. Sorry!

Cassie's Major Domo
Cassie's Major Domo
6 years ago

Yes, Sean doubting my gender while pouring out the worst stereotypes of toxic masculinity was soooooo hurtful. (Snort.) I’ll bet he thinks “real men” shouldn’t have cats either.

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

In the early 20th century the US had some terrible social issues. They still do but it was much worse. A group of women got together and had one goal. To use their femininity to make society better. They didn’t do it by forcing people to give them money. They didn’t do it by having commercials where the man always looked like a moron.

What do feminists have to with commercials that present men ads being too incompetent to do basic housework? Those aren’t feminist. They’re patriarchal because they reinforce the notion that housework is women’s work. In reality your gender has nothing to do with the ability to wash a dish or make dinner for the kids. Except for the fact that girls are trained to domestic work more than boys are.

I’m not sure what you’re on about with “forcing people to give them money.” Are you talking about social safety nets? Because men use those too and they benefit society as a whole. Not just feminists. Are you talking about child support? Because child support isn’t awarded to benefit women. It’s there to support the child. If a child’s parents don’t financially support him or her, the state has to do it. Since you seem to have a libertarian bent wouldn’t you rather parents take care of their kids when possible than the government? Or do you want kids to just starve?

contrapangloss
6 years ago

I disappear for 15 minutes to help a baby statistician understand why the predicted intervals for log transforms get smaller as x increases and polynomial transforms predicted intervals get larger as x increases…

… and our troll is back to sitting in our punchbowl.

Should I go back and score the flounce? I’m thinking the initial flounce was a 4. At least it wasn’t a teel deer and it included a bingo-square.

With all the failures to stick, though, he’s well into the negatives.

Troll is like scotch tape on it’s eighth attempt to stick to a dusty metal wall.

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

Seriously ladies….and at least one, I guess male I really do have to go. But yes, you have all fallen into a trap. A commie trap that they have been using for centuries. Its kinda like how they tell fat people they are fat because of something other them themselves. You are weak minded and impressionable. Thats why leftist filled up Jim Jones people temple. Goodnight.

Is this performance art? It’s like someone took all the stereotypical right wing rage buzzwords and mixed them up in a bowl. All that’s missing is BENGHAAAAAAZIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The “commie trap” is centuries old? Communism started in the mid 1800s. It’s not even two centuries old yet.

It's A Furret (@RicksWriting)

Is “Flounce again after recanting flounce” on the score?

blahlistic (@blahlistic)

Ohh, so when Ray Rice cracked his ole ladies jaw then thats ok?

Sean. I didn’t really plan on discussing domestic violence issues with a turd.
However, since you refuse to be flushed?
Battery is defined as a pattern of psychological abuse, physical abuse, and related control tactics.
It is far more likely to be perpetrated by men, BUT, all genders do it.
Ray Rice has a lot of power and money…he could do his now-wife a lot of damage if she walked away…
Plus abusers psychologically condition the victim to blame themselves for the abuse…Again, note lack of pronouns.
My GF was physically battered by her ex-GF, my guy was emotionally abused by his ex-wife so badly he almost blew his brains out.
The fact that women do abuse doesn’t change the fact that men are the majority of the aggressors.

BTW, what grade did you drop out of school? Because your vocabulary shows it.

Ok, my guy turned up in IM.

Fuck off, Sean.

marinerachel
marinerachel
6 years ago

How did these turds get in our punch?

contrapangloss
6 years ago

Not yet. He ninja’d me with that second flounce.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
6 years ago

It’s interesting that he started to talk about gender roles and immediately zoomed down Domestic Violence Boulevard. I’m sure he could have thought of other things that are impacted by gender roles, but violence is where his mind immediately went.

Not sure what that says about him, but it’s nothing good to be sure.

sparky
sparky
6 years ago

The “commie trap” is centuries old? Communism started in the mid 1800s. It’s not even two centuries old yet.

They never have even the most basic grasp of history. How does one go through life like that? I mean, it must take a heluva lot of energy to maintain that level of willful ignorance. You have to work to be that willfully ignorant.

Robert
Robert
6 years ago

Cultural Marxism should absolutely be a bingo square.

Also, I suspect Creedence was an autocorrect fail, that Chewtoy did not catch. Whether because he doesn’t know how credence is spelled, or what Creedence refers to, we may never know. Or care about.

Now go away, chew toy, or we shall taunt you a second time. Best to run back to the He Man Woman Haters Club tree house and boast about counting coup on the meanies.

thebewilderness
thebewilderness
6 years ago

I think we should add “Commie plot” to the Bingo card.

thebewilderness
thebewilderness
6 years ago

Creedence Clearwater Revival. In infamous Commie gang.

katz
6 years ago

After a second flounce, all subsequent posts are -4.

Cassie's Major Domo
Cassie's Major Domo
6 years ago

They never have even the most basic grasp of history. How does one go through life like that?

Thinking is sooo hard, and it’s also anti-‘Murican! History is some pinko lesbian plot to waste our valuable manly man time!

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

I think he was maybe trying to say creed. Like feminism is our religion or something? Idk, it’s the closest I can come to making sense of his ramblings.

grumpyoldnurse
6 years ago

@thebewilderness –

Say it really loud in all caps and the truthiness fairy will make it so.

You leave the truthiness fairy out of this! The cognitive dissonance fairies already have this guy. We don’t need a fairy turf war.

@marinerachel

My heart doesn’t talk to me so I don’t listen to it re: harassment and truthiness.

Mine talks to me. It goes “lub, dub, blurb”. Damned murmur. However, it has absolutely no opinion on politics, personal or otherwise.

cloudiah
6 years ago

Back from talking with my sister and starting dinner, and I see he came back.

They ALWAYS come back.

contrapangloss
6 years ago

Flounce Initial Score: 4
Fails to stick: 21 total
Point deduction: 42
Second Flounce: 2 for amusing me with …. and “commies are centuries in the plotting!”

Total Score: 4+2-42 = -36

Anyone else want to revise or suggest score modifications?

marinerachel
marinerachel
6 years ago

Shall we get out the guitars, do a feminist rendition of Bad Moon Rising?

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

I clicked on trolls name to see if he has a terrible blog. Nope. He has a terrible Facebook page full of misogyny and homophobia and pictures of Hard Rock café. Hard Rock fucking café. I guess Sean has the politics of the 50s and the culinary sensibilities of an 80s suburban tourist.

mildlymagnificent
6 years ago

Was Creedence a racist jibe? Never heard that one.

Nah. Creedence Clearwater Revival was part of the soundtrack to the anti Vietnam War movement. Which was more or less parallel to 2nd wave feminism. So these things all go together in various mixtures.

marinerachel
marinerachel
6 years ago

He probably has a few fannypacks in neon colours.

Cassie's Major Domo
Cassie's Major Domo
6 years ago

And he lives in Detroit. As if that poor city hasn’t gone through enough.

marinerachel
marinerachel
6 years ago

Until just now I still had a lot of hope for Detroit.

Cassie's Major Domo
Cassie's Major Domo
6 years ago

They’ll always have RoboCop. (The original.)

cupisnique
6 years ago

This guy is something else. He clearly lives in some bizarro world.

marinerachel
marinerachel
6 years ago

Yeah, Detroit. :/

Cassie's Major Domo
Cassie's Major Domo
6 years ago

http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100907041338/robocop/images/4/43/OldMan.jpg
“Old Detroit has a cancer. That cancer is Sean Hall.”

grumpyoldnurse
6 years ago

Who said anything about Capitalists?

So, who, exactly were the rich white dudes you were talking about? Socialists? Anarchists? Fascists? Who?

And,

No, I was just making fun of feminists who make up false stats to give their failed ideology Creedence.

THIS is how to give something Creedence:

Robert
Robert
6 years ago

If anyone needs to vomit due to the chew toy. . .

there’s a bathroom on the right.

Cassie's Major Domo
Cassie's Major Domo
6 years ago

there’s a bathroom on the right.

My uncle always used to do that joke!