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 Co-conspirators Beware: The Lawsuits Are Coming

We’ve long known that law enforcement takes a very dim view of those who give aid and assistance to known sex traffickers. Increasingly, the legal system is demonstrating a similar view, by allowing more and more cases to proceed against those who partnered with Backpage to exploit underage children and vulnerable women.

We’ve

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The Cost of Hatred

“United Nations Attorneys earn $131,000 annually, or $63 per hour, which is 47% higher than the national average for all attorneys … at $81,000 annually and 70% higher than the national salary average for all working Americans.”

The above statistics from reputable internet source CareerBliss.com should give us all pause, especially considering

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Arielle Silverstein A Shameful Sugar Mama

For years, Arielle Silverstein’s United Nations salary has supported not only the vengeful campaigns of vilification we’ve been examining on this blog but those of her husband, the chronically unemployed blogger, Tony Ortega. And just like his other half, readers of this blog know Tony Ortega is driven by bigotry and hate.

While

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Arielle Silverstein Palling Around With Hate-Mongers and Cyber-Terrorists

As if Arielle Silverstein’s rampant racism weren’t troubling enough, it is worth remembering that this is but one facet of her truly grotesque personality.

Arielle Silverstein is (and remains) a supporter of Anonymous, the cyber-terrorist group we’ve written about previously that states in its online manifesto, “Right or wrong? No. We destroy for

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Arielle Silverstein Hates Jews Too

There is simply no excuse for hateful bigots like Tony Ortega’s wife, Arielle Silverstein, time and again has shown how far she will go to give voice to her intolerant views of religious people.

Over the past few days we’ve been examining the numerous disgusting comments she has made about Muslims over the

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Untouchably Anonymous

We’ve been looking at Arielle Silverstein’s participation in various hate campaigns like the execrable “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” she helped organize against people of the Islamic faith. We feel it’s important to point out, however, that these bigoted stunts of hers are by no means random isolated occurrences. They point to a

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Arielle Silverstein’s Incontestable Hate

Recently we began a deep dive into Tony Ortega’s bigoted wife, Arielle Silverstein, with special attention to the role she played in popularizing an operation orchestrated to demonize Muslims in a hate-driven stunt dubbed, “Draw Mohammad Day”.

On Tuesday, May 12, 2011 (in the middle of a work day at the

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Tony Ortega Update

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We have it on good authority that Tony Ortega is still unemployed and spends most of his days at home.

Prior to the lockdown we heard he occasionally went out for a bike ride and that was the entirety of his physical activity. It would seem Ortega’s

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Mr. and Mrs. Arielle Silverstein

Tony Ortega is a fake news monger who, under no circumstances should be trusted. The same goes for the shady individuals he chooses to associate with. Here on the blog we’ve discussed a number of Tony Ortega’s known accomplices, all whom have demonstrated themselves time and again to be at best unreliable

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Tony Ortega the Golden Boy of Backpage Bosses

As we’ve been discussing the events that would start in motion the beginning of the end for Backpage, we thought it might be helpful to explore the landmark case that started it all — the lawsuit filed by a 14 yr sex trafficking victim who was brave enough to stand against bullies like Tony

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