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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Intellectual Property Rip Off?

Whatever mounting pressure Tony Ortega is feeling as the noose of justice tightens around him in the wake of weeks and weeks of Backpage headlines being splashed on headlines across the country must finally be taking a toll. It’s been a while since we checked in with his fictional blog where he once more

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Laura Keller a.k.a. Laura Benecke a.k.a. Laura Ragaini

Laura Keller

Rod Keller never writes about what his wife did. Upon several requests from our readers we are republishing the information about Laura Keller.

Criminal Justice Center, Philadelphia, PA:

Charges: Burglary, criminal Tresspass break into structure, theft by unlawful taking-movable properties, receiving stolen property. Sentence: Defendant

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Latest Backpage Conviction Sets Landmark Precedent

We first reported to you last week about a 32 year federal prison conviction for the man who trafficked 16-year-old Desiree Robinson of Chicago. The girl was subsequently murdered by a man she had been sold to on Backpage. While the actual murder awaits trial for the part he played in destroying the innocent

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“We Need To Go Further”

We’ve been witnessing a lot of positive momentum in the recent spate of successful Backpage prosecutions and while this is encouraging news it is important to remember that though the site has been outlawed by the Federal Government, reverberations of the damage it’s caused continue to echo.

This week a number of news

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Nothing Short Of Offensive

Joseph Hazley

We are only too aware here at the blog just how dark the vast majority of any story involving mention of Backpage or its number one fanboy, Tony Ortega, can be. We know just how overwhelming the details of these stories can be.

But since the Federal Authorities shut down Backpage, the

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Backpage: Beyond Borders, Beyond Trafficking

Simon Ho-On

We’ve been looking a lot lately at the vast number of cases working their way through the courts in virtually every state in the nation. It’s worthwhile remembering, however, that the damage done by Backpage — the child sex trafficking website Tony Ortega stood on many a soapbox to defend —

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Backpage Pimp To Be Deported Thanks To Public Tip

We mentioned in a previous post how Backpage’s nefarious influence transcends borders and nationalities. We went into detail about the criminal cases going on in Canada because, though the specifics are often unsettling it remains vitally important that we not lose sight of the horrific consequences of Backpage’s international human trafficking ring. We believe

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It’s All About Money; They Don’t Care If They Hurt People

The Hate Brigade

Leah Remini has since the beginning of her hate shows sought to profit by harassing the Scientology religion, spreading demonstrable lies designed to foment hate, bigotry and, ultimately, violence.

We live in a country besieged by religious intolerance. We read about it daily in the national headlines, see it

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Explosive Backpage Documentary Fallout Begins

As expected, the fallout from the recent bombshell documentary by PBS’s Frontline we first reported on last week is already beginning.

Over the weekend the Columbia Police Department in Missouri completed a suspiciously hasty review of allegations raised by the newly released documentary that the agency protected a notorious Backpage pimp in exchange

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Tony Ortega: Idéologue

As a functional definition, an ideologue is a person who never questions the underlying assumptions of the ideology that he has adopted as his own.

An ideologue is so certain of this adopted ideology and the rightness of his own worldview that he can sneer contemptuously at people, believing himself to be superior

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