On Tarantulas, Scorpions And Finding Ortega’s Niche

We’ve had a good laugh reading an article written about Tony Ortega by the former rag (Phoenix New Times) that once employed his services as a tabloid hack. Beneath the multiple layers of ridiculousness ripe for satirizing, however, it’s clear the piece was meant to make a point.

And as with so much

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What is Ethical Journalism? Part III: To Minimize Harm

We saw in part II, as we began our examination of the official ethical requirements for reporters, that journalists in good ethical standing ought first and foremost to always seek the truth and report it.

In what must have come as a shock to very few of our readers, Tony Ortega’s body of

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What is Ethical Journalism? Part II: To Seek The Truth and Report It

This is part II of the conversation about the standards of ethical journalism as delineated by the media watchdog organization the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and how tabloid hacks like Tony Ortega and others like them measure up.

Today we’d like to jump straight into the first of four principles which SPJ identifies

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Little Bigot In A Big, Online World

Last week we looked at two individuals, Tony Ortega and Chris Shelton, who belong to a troubling group of social media abusers who flaunt anti-hate speech terms and conditions clearly posted by these platforms.

Part of what drives crackpots like Tony Ortega to obsessively continue their campaigns of trolling and online harassment is the

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Terrorism & The Propaganda Ministers of Social Media

We’ve been getting a lot of questions from readers about Tony Ortega’s bigot buddy, Chris Shelton, over the past few days. It makes sense, seeing as self-aggrandized charlatans like Ortega and Shelton are rarely as important or well-known as they’d like you to think.

With that in mind we thought we’d take a closer

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More Projection Than a Movie Theater

Tony Ortega doesn’t have a wide variety of intellectual tricks up his sleeve.

Indeed, the rhetorical power at his disposal consists mainly of bullying, mean-girl style whisper campaigning, and projection. And it is to this last idea, that of projection, which we turn our attention today.

There is a certain set of false

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Arielle Silverstein & Tony Ortega: Bigots of a Feather

When we left off yesterday we had begun a discussion about the mysterious money keeping Tony Ortega in ‘business’, for lack of a better word. We been asking the question as to why Tony Ortega seems able to freeload his way through life, being as he seems to find it so difficult to find anything

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Turning a Blind Eye

Frequent readers of this blog will know by now the sordid unprofessional history of Tony Ortega. Between 2011 and July 2012, Tony Ortega, then Editor-in-Chief of the Village Voice, launched a biased oppo-research campaign on organizations and individuals who attempted to report on sex trafficking in the United States.

Clearly

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Silverstein’s Mysterious Real Estate Purchases

Recently we explained how Tony Ortega has jumped from wife to wife eventually landing on his third and most recent, Arielle Silverstein.

We will be taking a more in-depth look at her this week, but we felt it might be helpful to offer a quick overview first.

Arielle Silverstein (aka Arielle Silberstein) is an attorney

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Beneath the Surface

Tony Ortega may be living well beyond his means in a fancy house in Scarsdale with his wife Arielle Silverstein but don’t for a second let this fool you into thinking he is anything close to a modern success story.

As previously discussed Tony Ortega is, and has been for

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