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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Backpage lawsuit against a Cook County Sheriff dismissed by Federal Judge

On Thursday, May 31, 2018, a Chicago federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart who requested credit card companies not to do business with Backpage dot com.

James Larkin and Michael Lacey accused the Sheriff of interfering with the Backpage business. The judge ruled Thomas Dart’s action was protected

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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 years,

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What Makes Tony Ortega Toxic

It’s been a wild week on the Internet by anyone’s standard. Over the weekend the FBI warned router users around the world to reset their passwords for fear of a potential Russian hack in progress. By Tuesday ABC had cancelled Roseanne Barr’s hit television show in the wake of bigoted comments she made via

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“Scoop” Ortega the Hatchet Job boy

Hatchet jobs is something Tony Ortega learned at a young age. When he was the editor of the High School paper he liked to be called “Scoop”, but they should have called him “Hatchet” which is more fitting to his personality and style of blogging.

Here is a letter to the

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The Career Path Less Traveled By

In September 2012 Tony Ortega was fired from The Village Voice for, among other things, his obsessive blogging about Scientology and Scientologists. Ortega would loudly declare to anyone willing to listen that he had chosen to “resign” in order to devote more time to writing an anti-Scientology book—as if there were some

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Would the Real Tony Ortega Please Stand Up

Given his peerless record of marathon unemployment, finding news about Tony Ortega can be a bit of a challenge. Once upon a time he might have been the number one hit for any given Google search of the phrase “Tony Ortega scandal”. Nowadays he doesn’t even make the top five. Today I thought you

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Letter from a reader


An unexpected reader wrote to us the following letter.

“I was doing a search on a particular individual and I stumbled across your blog and read the article “Tony Ortega’s Unreliable Sources: Karen de la Carriere”.

Your article doesn’t begin to explain what a cold, evil, vicious and fake individual Karen de la

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Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story

Trolls have been around almost as long as the Internet. Even in its early days as a decentralized computer network connecting academics and government agencies, Internet trolls have sought to use the platform to spread their petty hate.

Tony Ortega, who has a well documented history of a wide variety of trolling everyone from

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Tony Ortega’s policy: If you can’t win the argument with facts, start slinging dirt


Back before certain voices in the current political administration began attacking Deputy Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice, Rod Rosenstein, in an apparent attempt to discredit him, another desperate voice sought to similarly influence the narrative surrounding an on-going investigation through mudslinging. The name of that seemingly prescient propagandist? Tony

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The reviews are in

With all the talk lately about Tony Ortega’s prolonged joblessness and chronic unemployment, it seemed like a worthwhile idea to check in on what Tony has been up to lately. Searches of major media outlets, publishing houses and even small time gossip blogs have yet to yield up a single hit. So deafening is

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