Ortega and The Raw Story

If you’ve heard the name Tony Ortega, chances are it’s from his public “exit” as editor 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 lobbied hard for the Village Voice’s right to earn ad revenue from the sex trade but after several nasty online spats, including twitter exchanges with Ashton Kutcher. In the end, Ortega “left” the Village Voice. Unemployed, Ortega was to…

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Yellow Blogging

In the almost 50 years since Edward R. Murrow died we’ve witnessed a slow decline in journalism. Perhaps this was inevitable given ever-shortening attention spans, increased appetite for sensationalism, and overall industry trends toward taking every shortcut possible in order to feed a growing demand for “info-tainment.” Tony Ortega’s blogging, however, represents a new low.

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The Obsessive Blogger

On December 7, 2000, Tony Ortega wrote an article for the New Times L.A. entitled Sex, Spies & Videotape where he tried to discredit experts on the subject of MK-Ultra. A reader wrote to the paper and said: “Besides Tony Ortega’s lack of objectivity, his story of MK-Ultra is inaccurate and misleading.” The writer then gave a detailed account of how Ortega got it all wrong and was writing on a subject of which he knew nothing.

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