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Is Caitlin Dewey Guilty of Journalistic Fraud?

Caitlin Dewey is a journalist from Buffalo, New York, employed by the Washington Post and educated at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication. In her relatively short career, Dewey has shown herself to be utterly devoid of journalistic morals, regularly lying and distorting the truth in order to advance her anti-male, feminist agenda. Furthermore, she has exhibited narcissistic, attention-seeking behaviors going back to her college years, behaviors that compromise her objectivity as a reporter. As one of the targets of Dewey’s libelous articles, I’m writing this in the hopes that no one else is unfairly victimized by this girl.


How Caitlin Dewey Lied About Elliot Rodger

Caitlin Dewey’s most recent Washington Post article, “Inside the ‘Manosphere’ That Inspired Santa Barbara Shooter Elliot Rodger,” may rank as one of the most dishonest articles ever published by a major news organization. In it, Dewey attempts to pin the recent slayings of Elliot Rodger on the “manosphere,” a loose collective of blogs and websites dedicated to revivifying masculinity in the West. Dewey writes:

Elliot Rodger will forever be known as the 22-year-old who murdered six people in Santa Barbara on May 23. But Rodger’s extensive digital footprint, as well as his stomach-turning YouTube send-off and 137-page manifesto, suggest that he may have identified himself differently: as an “incel,” or involuntary virgin; as an aspirational, if frustrated, pick-up artist; and as an adherent of the so-called “manosphere” — that corner of the Internet where boys will be boys, girls will be objects, and critics will be “feminists,” “misandrists” or “enemies.”

Just about everything in this paragraph—and in Dewey’s article—is a lie. Elliot Rodger’s online inspiration was a website called PUA Hate, a site dedicated to attacking pick-up artists and the manosphere in ways legal and illegalPUA Hate’s overarching philosophy is that PUAs and manosphere writers are scam artists seeking to defraud men by selling them false solutions for picking up women. This stands completely against the manosphere’s overarching themes of masculine self-improvement and fulfillment.

Not only is the belief system of PUA Hate diametrically opposed to that of the manosphere, members of the former have actually engaged in illegal harassment of the latterPUA Hate members have hacked manosphere websites for the sole purpose of divulging their users’ locations to violent neo-Nazis, attempted to expose the real identities of prominent seduction writers, and even harassed the girlfriends and family members of pick-up artists. Claiming that PUA Hate has anything to do with the manosphere is like claiming that Martin Luther King Jr. was an ally of the KKK.

Yet with zero regard for the truth or her audience’s intelligence, Caitlin Dewey wrote an openly lie-filled article attempting to blame Rodger’s killings on the manosphere. Beyond her slanderous arguments, Dewey’s article is packed to the brim with illogical statements that are obvious even to those who don’t know much about the topic. For example, in one paragraph, she used the phrase “the pick-up site,” a blatant logical contradiction. Even after facing a massive backlash on Twitter, Dewey refused to respond to her critics, instead whining about “hate from the manosphere crowd.”


Caitlin Dewey, Aspiring Commissar

This is not the first time that Caitlin Dewey has fabricated facts in order to push her political agenda. Months ago, following Is Anyone Up? founder Hunter Moore’s arrest, Dewey published a Washington Post article about those she considered the “most hated men on the Internet.” I was one of her targets, alongside my friend and colleague Roosh V:

Matt Forney: Forney, a blogger and member of the Valizadeh school, proudly crowned himself the most-hated man on the Internet after his argument “against female self-esteem” went viral last fall. Forney is a professional Internet troll, and has actually published a book to that effect. Publishing blog posts with titles like “Why Fat Girls Don’t Deserve to Be Loved” is, apparently, a profitable enterprise.

This article demonstrates one of the most insidious aspects of Dewey’s libel: making subtle comparisons between normal individuals and objectively despicable ones. Beyond her outright lie about me being a “professional Internet troll” and her claims about my book Trolling for a Living (the title of which was intended to be a joke), Dewey compares Roosh and me to deceased attention-seeking pastor Fred Phelps, Stormfront founder Don Black, Holocaust-denying preacher Michael Crook, among others. This is despite the fact that neither Roosh nor I engage in illegal activity, encourage others to break the law, or write about anything other than masculine self-improvement.

Beyond merely attempting to smear us by associating us with funeral picketing preachers and Holocaust deniers, this article showcases a more sinister aspect of Dewey’s character. In the final two paragraphs of her article, Dewey laments how current law doesn’t protect against “Internet hate,” writing:

Even Hunter Moore, when he was finally arrested, was arrested for hacking and identity theft — offenses that really have nothing to do with the fundamental problems of revenge porn. That doesn’t make his opponents any less happy to see him in jail, of course. But it should serve as warning, too: Other Internet villains are out there, and without stronger laws, they’re just waiting to follow in Moore’s wake.

In other words, Dewey is a wannabe commissar who believes the government should shut down speech that she personally finds objectionable. In her mind, men such as Roosh and myself who espouse traditionalist viewpoints and advocate male self-improvement are no different than hatemongers who openly encourage crimes against others. While the idea that governments should ban certain types of speech is hardly new, as every despot and dictator throughout history can attest to, it’s especially disturbing to hear this viewpoint espoused by a journalist, a profession that would not exist were it not for the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment.


Caitlin Dewey: Portrait of a Malignant Narcissist

While it’s tempting to claim that Caitlin Dewey’s feminist beliefs are the sole source of her hatred of Roosh, myself and the manosphere, there is considerable evidence that her constant lying springs from her mental pathologies. Watch this video from her days as a Syracuse University student:

Beyond her vocal fry speech impediment and immature intonation, the entire premise of Dewey’s story shows how intellectually shallow she is. While covering a story about a Latino immigrant family in Pennsylvania, she claimed to have had a revelation about how it was only after going to a primarily Latino soccer game and feeling excluded because of her race that she realized the plight of racial minorities. Given that most of us realized that different people have different life experiences back in kindergarten, the video suggests one of two unpleasant realities about this girl:

  • Caitlin Dewey is a narcissist who can’t empathize with other human beings unless their troubles are shoved in her face.
  • Caitlin Dewey is a liar who built an entire college assignment around a politically correct fiction.

Given her tenuous relationship with the truth, either explanation could work. In either case, it was obvious that Dewey lacked the honesty and objectivity to be a journalist even before she graduated college.



Like Caitlin Dewey, I too studied journalism in college; indeed, I began my freshman year as a journalism major. Even before I took my first class, though, I understood the principles of being a good reporter: honesty, integrity and objectivity. A journalist’s first obligation is to the truth, not his or her personal beliefs. Reporters are required to have an open mind, treat their subjects with respect, and relay information even if—especially if—they do not agree with it. A journalist who cannot report the truth is no more than a propagandist.

Through her actions and writings, Caitlin Dewey has shown herself to be morally bankrupt, a liar and narcissist with absolutely no respect for her audience. Her articles are not honest reporting, but one-sided bromides that aren’t even fit for the Weekly World News. Dewey’s complaints about America’s laws allowing so-called “Internet hate” to fester unchecked are ironic; if she was writing in a country with “hate speech” laws such as Canada or the U.K., she could be sued for libel by the people she has defamed. She has abdicated her duty to the truth in favor of being a shameless smear artist.

It is not only an absolute embarrassment that this girl is employed by the Washington Post, but that she was allowed to graduate from an institution as prestigious as the Newhouse School. My hope is that this article will lead to fewer people being tricked by this fraud of a reporter.

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