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 Will Feed You Lies

Tony Ortega is not now, nor has he ever been, in Scientology. What is more he continually demonstrates that he does not understand what it is really like to be a Scientologist.

This causes him to dismiss important things and loudly scream and cry and kvetch about unimportant tangents on his blog and Twitter.

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Tony Ortega Throwing Stones At Camp Fire Aid Workers

If it’s one thing we’ve learn about Tony Ortega it’s that any chance he has to smear Scientology over at The Tony Ortega Blog Bunker is one he’s going to try and make the most of.

In recent weeks two main fires in California, the Camp Fire that destroyed most of the town

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Tony Ortega blog: Warning Signs

The holiday season in America usually suggests a time when people set their differences of opinion aside and come together to celebrate in an atmosphere of peace and goodwill. Today, however, there is a different feeling in the air. With the protests against what seems to be an ever increasing level of

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Tony Ortega Blog: Cyberbully Warfare

The new governmental guidelines for cyberbullying are out and we thought it might be of interest to our readers to see just how the Tony Ortega blog stacks up against it.A recently released statement from the stopbullying.gov website identifies a the most common cyberbullying tactics, and sadly for those of us unfortunate enough to have

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Why doesn’t Paul Haggis speak out?

Paul Haggis often brags that his charitable work in Haiti began well before the 2010 earthquake, insisting that he has raised millions of dollars for the impoverished country. But there is something he is not speaking out about.

Troubling reports began surfacing about cover-ups surrounding investigations into the hiring of sex workers for

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Tony Ortega Blog: An Obsession with Celebrity

Tony Ortega has been a known suck-up within the film & television industry for a while now. Ever since his comically brief gig as a talking head in Alex Gibney’s hit-piece ‘documentary’ on Scientology, he has been chasing the lingering thrill of his minor brush with celebrity.

It is no secret that

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Radical Intolerance

There’s a fascinating phenomenon which routinely occurs in public conversation around the country any time anyone begins to denigrate a people group or religious community. Whenever bigoted hate speech rears its ugly head there is immediate push-back against those who would attempt to ‘hate-shame’. It’s as if we as a society have at some deep

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Tony Ortega: Compulsive Liar Driven by Fear

No two compulsive liars are the same but you may be surprised to learn they often share a lot of the same qualities and characteristics, making them easy to spot if you know what to look for.

If you want to dig into what drives compulsive liars, you have to first take a look at

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Fake News: A Checklist

A couple of years ago, way back when the phrase fake news was finding its footing in this country, the fact-checking website Politifact offered up the following definition of “fake news” as “made-up stuff, masterfully manipulated to look like credible journalistic reports that are easily spread online to large audiences willing to believe the fictions

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All Things Arielle

We here at the blog have had numerous requests for more information about Tony Ortega’s mysterious wife, Arielle Silverstein (aka Bozuri, aka Arielle Sarai). As the pants-wearing bread-winner of the household, in many ways Silverstein remains the driving economical force behind Ortega’s cottage industry hate farm.

Because of the sheer volume

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