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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Tony Ortega Protégé Convicted of Assault

In a recent post we blew the whistle on a number of Tony Ortega’s known ‘underground’ accomplices. Today we’re zeroing in and turning the spotlight on one of his more egregiously combative underlings who, unsurprisingly, recently found himself running afoul of Irish authorities.

Tony Ortega has long associated with criminals and

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The “Honorary” Cyber-Terrorist

Tony Ortega’s connections with the cyber-terrorist outfit Anonymous have been widely observed. There have been numerous attacks made by the group for which Tony Ortega has had nothing most effusive praise.

Today we are going to take a look at one of the more vile attacks and consider Tony Ortega’s response.

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Tony Ortega and His Pro Sexual Violence Bias

In our last post we began taking a look at what appears to be Tony Ortega’s strange, co-dependent relationships with sex-traffickers and accused rapists. Exactly what it is that gives Tony Ortega a sense of kinship with these sex predators? Maybe it’s his own sordid personal history, his string of extramarital affairs

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Tony Ortega’s Brand

By this point we’re only too familiar with the lies and obfuscations Tony Ortega writes on his own cheap blog – s the last place, apparently, he can find that will ‘publish’ his deranged rants.

We’ve seen how doggedly Tony Ortega sought to give cover to Backpage as news of its continued

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Backpage Pimps Faces Life For Selling Minors As Sex Slaves

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For the briefest of moments Tony Ortega had the attention of the nation. It came in the midst of a flurry of allegations that his employers at Backpage knowingly turned a blind eye to the epidemic of child sex trafficking that was taking place on the online platform built for

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Backpage’s Dark Legacy of Continues

In the minds of many Backpage has become synonymous with sex trafficking. And yet, as we have attempted to demonstrate here on the blog, the crimes of this deplorable organization go far beyond selling children and vulnerable young women to online predators for sex.

This week, news emerged of a story involving a

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Inside A Backpage Sting & The Downfall of Carl Ferrer

Recently on the blog we took a long, hard look back at the timeline surrounding the rise and fall of Today we’re turning back time to dive into a shocking example of exactly the sort of evil Backpage was up to during the years its own in-house propagandist, Tony Ortega, was so ferociously

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The Facts Speak for Themselves

In last week’s article we saw Tony Ortega up to his old tricks, attempting to spin the numerous critiques Backpage was receiving for its widespread sex trafficking as the work of “feminists, religious zealots, and bureaucrats”.

It’s clear in Tony Ortega’s desperate editorial that he knows he’s cornered. The only defense he knows

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Postponing Inevitable Can’t Save Backpage Bosses

In news breaking yesterday, it’s being reported that sentencing has been postponed until July 2020 for two managers convicted in cases that accuse the site of turning a blind eye to the rampant sex trafficking their online classified platform facilitated. Prosecutors intend to clearly demonstrate through key witnesses and damning internal company emails

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You’re Getting What You Deserve

We reported about the ugly story of another Backpage ‘monster’, Erin Graham from Madison Wisconsin. In our last article we highlighted the manipulation common among both the pimps who used the site and the crime bosses who ran it.

For example, Graham would regularly tell his girlfriend, Patience Moore, to act as a

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