Tony Ortega is a former employee of the Village Voice—a publication which found itself in hot water when it was revealed they’d been advertising the services of known sex-traffickers in their seedy ‘Backpage’ section.

Ortega now runs the Underground Bunker blog. Billing itself as the go-to zone for (eye-rolling sensationalized, bigoted, anti-religious) rants, it gives away Ortega’s game. How much clearer can it be that this supposedly “legitimate” blog is nothing but a bully pulpit from which Ortega can indulge his intolerance disguised as social outrage and foist off entirely fabricated nonsense as “breaking news”?

Sources in the journalist community consider Tony Ortega a developer of false leads, and let’s be clear Ortega is not a real journalist and here is why. When evaluating information, we are often admonished to “consider the source.” In the case of Tony Ortega, the warning applies not only to the content of his blogs but also to Ortega personally and the “publications” for which he worked.

Alternative papers are free weekly publications that earn revenue most often through the sale of the kind of advertising that reputable newspapers won’t permit – adult bookstores, strip clubs, classifieds with strong sexual content, etc. In between the trash, they slip in tabloid-style articles, promoted as “edgy” or “daring” when, in truth, they are simply fabrications sensationalized by low credibility writers like Ortega. While some of these “papers” make an effort to rise above the rest, most are gutter rags that all too often define “alternative news” as a slanderous substitution of the facts.

Ortega has spent his life practicing this excuse for journalism within the New Times Media and the Village Voice Media franchise of alternative papers. This platform has suited him well, for Ortega wrote for sleazy tabloids like he was born to it, a disposition that was in evidence as far back as high school.

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Backpage dot com Complicity


Tony Ortega was a longtime employee and confidant of James Larkin and Michael Lacey. Ortega was an employee of various New Times publications from 1995 until being promoted to Editor-in-Chief of the Village Voice in approximately March 2007, a position he held until September 2012. He earned this promotion for his vigorous support

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How an Attempted Murderer Becomes a Hero, According to Tony Ortega

Arnie Lerma holding his AK


Tony Ortega makes a hero out of Arnaldo (Arnie) Pagliarini Lerma, who attempted to murder his wife, Ginger Sugerman, before killing himself on March 16, 2018.

Hypocrisy is the operative word when it comes to Tony Ortega and his followers. Some say Lerma was a “hero” and others

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Developer of False Leads

Tony Ortega at the underground bunker


We have it from reliable sources that Tony Ortega is considered a notorious developer of false leads and fake news by a large group of New York journalists. Following are just a couple of examples of his conduct that demonstrate why.

When evaluating information, we

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The Chronic Sexter

Lisa Eager, Cassie Robar and Madeline Fineman

Fatimah Suryono Ortega, Tony Ortega’s second ex-wife, has told sources that her ex-husband was obsessed with sexting and hitting on females. She told friends that Ortega’s sexual escapades were numerous and she could not bear staying married to him. Fatimah discovered that Tony was having online sex

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הג’יגולו המובטל

שאלות רבות עולות לגבי טרול האינטרנט בשם טוני אורטגה. השאלות מסתובבות כבר המון זמן, וכולנו שמענו אותם, מהדברים החשודים ועד לדברים המזיקים. כדי להציג את כולם כאן ייקח זמן רב מדי להיום, אז אנחנו הולכים להתמקד בשאלה מיוחדת ומסקרנת מאוד שנראה שהיא נשאלת בתדירות גבוהה יותר בימים אלו: איך זה שטוני

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The Unemployed Kept Man

Many questions surround known internet troll Tony Ortega. They’ve been circulating for ages and we’ve all heard them, from the suspicious to the pernicious. To list them all here would take up more column inches then we’re willing to spare today, so we’re going to focus on a particularly curious question that seems to

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Tony Ortega’s Tipsters

Sometime we wonder who are these “tipsters” that are feeding Tony Ortega false or exaggerated stories.

Ortega is known to take at face value what his tipsters feed him without doing any vetting.

Some say that Ortega is getting paid “with anonymous donations” to publish such fake stories.

However, it remains a mystery to us

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The Chronic Cheater – Part 1

Tony Ortega married Fatimah Suryono (his second ex-wife), in the fall of 2002.

Fatimah is an immigrant from Jakarta, Indonesia who graduated from the University of Wisconsin in August 2000, where she majored in Communications and Public Relations.

After graduating, Fatimah moved to California and began working for the New Times in

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Anonymous at the United Nations?


On January 27, 2018, Tony Ortega wrote:

Ten years ago, at 2 in the morning on January 27, 2008, Mark Bunker uploaded a 9-minute video he’d made after a long day of work.

Two weeks before, on January 14, Bunker had made a little history by posting another 9-minute video, one featuring Tom

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Tony Ortega, No More Secrets

Tony Ortega is nothing if not a man of secrets. While sometimes those secrets are innocuous, as in his tight-lipped refusal to discuss the events surrounding his “exist” from the Village Voice, others carry with them the unmistakable air of willful malfeasance. Example: Ortega’s secret overseas bride, Fatimah Suryono Ortega, whose questionable legal status in the U.S. Ortega worked hard to keep hidden.

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