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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No Free Passes for Abuser Tony Ortega

Twitter may be the last platform allowing Tony Ortega to publish his obsessive lie-driven hate-mongering, but over the past few years it’s also proven an excellent way to expose him.

We reported earlier this week on the ongoing investigation surrounding Ortega’s suspicious user base. But what of the real people who interact with Tony on

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Is Tony Ortega Buying Fake Twitter Followers? Part II

 

As previously reported, considerable concern has been growing as to whether what comprises Tony Ortega’s Twitter following is, in fact, dominated by fake accounts employed to give what The New York Times described ‘an illusion of mass audience’.

The website socialblade.com which tracks Twitter for fake users reports an interesting pattern in Ortega’s interaction

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Is Tony Ortega Buying Fake Twitter Followers?

 

In January of this year The New York Times ran a bombshell story exposing the use of fake Twitter users employed to prop up popularity-starved Twitters looking for a quick fix to their relative obscurity.

The Times reports a wide-spread epidemic of unscrupulous users purchase fake accounts as an easy way of making

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The Puppets Dance At Howdy Con

 

Last year’s annual con of Tony Ortega and his critic co-conspirators met up to presumably sit in a dank basement and plot their next move.

According to the con’s “official website”, the exact reason for the event remains unclear, though it does explicitly welcome “beer lovers, stoners, theater groupies and people who think

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To Tony Ortega Consent Means “Nothing”

Another day, another scandal facing Tony Ortega. Today’s comes courtesy of an eagle-eyed reader who spotted the following exchange in Tony’s Twitter feed after he elected to “burn” one of his sources for an article he was concocting in preparation for the next season of Leah Remini’s show. He is been so eager to ingratiate

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Exclusive: an Outside Look at Howdy Con

Last week we reported a little about the mysterious annual meeting of Tony Ortega’s secret cabal of followers called Howdy Con. Over the weekend our Chicago tipster sent in some exclusive pictures of these top minds at work:

Evidently Tony enforces a very strict ‘basement dweller’ dress code.

Last but not least

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Meet Tony Ortega, The Demagogue’s Demagogue

Demagoguery is a manipulative approach — often associated with dictators and sleazy politicians (or “journalists”) — that appeals to the worst nature of people. DEMAGOGUERY ISN’T BASED ON REASON, ISSUES, OR DOING THE RIGHT THING; IT’S BASED ON STIRRING UP FEAR AND HATRED TO CONTROL PEOPLE. For example, a journalist who stirs up a

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Something strange is going on with Tony Ortega

You can see it even in his “reporting” at his blog – more and more guest pieces, fewer original posts. Getting more and more nattery and bitter about Scientology beliefs (at least, his understanding of them) without any hope of reporting any kind of substantive, reality-based stories.

Maybe he’s given up? Maybe he’s

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Reviews of Tony’s Latest Tweet Are In – ‘Ugh!’

If you are like most people in America you probably don’t read read Tony Ortega. His fifteen minutes of fame ended sometime shortly before he was summarily fired from his infamous Chief Propagandist for Backpage.com. That doesn’t seem to stop him, however, from his increasingly desperate attempts to stay relevant.

Every once in

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The Smart Money

 

The smart money has never been on Tony Ortega’s career as a journalist.

Fired from practically every job his ever held in the publishing world, Ortega now resorts to the last bastion of the unpublishable – micro-blogging.

Comparisons between Tony Ortega’s micro-blog and cheap supermarket tabloids has become something of a running joke

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