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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Where did Tony Ortega Salary come from?

When you are done reading the following New York Times article you know where Tony Ortega six figures salary came from.

Backpage CEO Pleads Guilty to Laundering Money Using Cryptocurrencies

Meet Tony Ortega the Backpage dot com Apologist

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While Carl Ferrer will  testify against Backpage officials, will Tony Ortega step forward and come clean?

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Tony Ortega’s Unreliable Sources: Jeff Jacobsen

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Tony Ortega’s Attempt to Destroy the “Real Men Don’t Buy Girls” Campaign Failed

 

Tony Ortega was bent out of shape when the “Real Men Don’t Buy Girls” campaign went viral. He felt compelled (or perhaps ordered by his masters at Backpage dot com) to squash it. Ortega’s futile propaganda to suppress the campaign only proved his support of sex trafficking.

Ortega made it very clear where

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Tony Ortega’s Unreliable Sources: Brent Williams a.k.a. John P Capitalist

 

Brent C. Williams is an anonymous source used by Tony Ortega who goes by the pseudonym John P Capitalist.

Williams fancies himself as a Wall Street wizard and an expert on religions, he is neither of them. As a financial “wizard” he didn’t do too well because he owes the State

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What’s Tony Ortega Covering up?

When Tony Ortega was on the payroll of Michael Lacey and James Larkin he touted Backpage’s process of screening personal ads for illegal content. This is the same process that the Subcommittee criticized at page 17 of its report as serving “to sanitize the content of innumerable advertisements for illegal transactions—even as Backpage

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Tony Ortega’s Bosses Indicted

 

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Tony Ortega’s Unreliable Sources: Rod Keller

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Backpage dot com Apologist, Tony Ortega defending underage sex

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