Obsessive, Obsequious, Occupationally Challenged


The summer of 2012 was a rough one for Tony Ortega. It was the summer he was fired from his job ‘editing’ The Village Voice. If editing is what it could be called.

Said one ex-staffer during this time:

He was increasingly obsessed with Scientology and had neglected almost all of his editorial duties at the paper. Sometimes he wouldn’t even edit features.”

This obsession of Ortega’s as pointed out by The Guardian newspaper and elsewhere has become a defining trait running throughout Tony Ortega’s career. But ‘obsessiveness’ was not to be the only trait Ortega’s past staffer’s would identify in him.

The former staffer explained Ortega would routinely fret over his future after Phoenix New Times columnist, James King, joined the staff at the beginning of that year. James King was held in high esteem among staffers and was generally regarded as being in good graces with the corporate suits overseeing Village Voice Media at the time. It was something that would make Ortega uneasy. So uneasy, in fact, that Ortega would go out of his way to ingratiate himself with King.

According one the ex-staffer:

Since James’s arrival, it’s been clear that Tony is afraid and saw that James had been sent in by corporate to keep an eye on him and maybe even serve as his replacement. Hence Tony’s willingness to pretty much lick King’s ass–he was hoping, it seemed, that this would be reciprocated positively by corporate. Tony always went out of his way to privilege King and treat him glowingly.”

Obsessive, obsequious, with occupational history checkered by firings and near-pathological dereliction of duty. Not a good look, Tony Ortega. Even for you.

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