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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Arielle Silverstein: Not That Naive

I’m not that naive. Corporate world always cares about money more than anything else. I’m not surprised by this story one bit… By the way – there was a commission hearing at the Israeli Knesset about the Ofer brothers with Iran. This hearing was stopped in the middle due to “security concerns”. I

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Arielle Silverstein: Incredibly Hypocrite

The Iranian regime is so incredibly idiotic, I don’t even know where to start with where it all went wrong. Having said that – the Muslim society in general, not just in Iran, is very sexually repressed and has unhealthy attitudes towards sexuality, whether heterosexual or homosexual. Even the more developled [sic] Muslim countries [Dubai,

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Arielle Silverstein: “What Does She Stand to Gain From Unitelligent Statements?”

Why do they insist on saying things that make them look like clowns? Don’t get me wrong, I’m as amused as the next guy, but just from Iranian perspective – why do they say crap all the time? What do they stand to gain from stupid statements? – Arielle Silverstein, aka Bozuri

With Iran once

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Arielle Silverstein: “I realize how clueless many reporters are.”

In the last few weeks that I dealt with the media, I realize how clueless many reporters are. Each of them has his/her area of expertise and that’s the only thing they know. But once you email them, and call them and preferably meet them in person [if possible] they do listen. – Arielle Silverstein,

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Tony Ortega Still Can’t Silence Experts on Child Sex Trafficking

Checking back in on the ongoing nightmare caused by the child sex traffickers at Backpage. This of course, is the same organization Tony Ortega would routinely shill for, often attacking the very victims and their advocates.

Only months ago, infamous sex trafficker Jeffery Epstein made news after he was re-arrested and awaiting trial

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Sex-trafficking Victim Faces Life for Killing Backpage Her Rapist, Tony Ortega Remains Silent

As if we needed more proof that known liar and child sex trade propagandist Tony Ortega has blood on his hands for the role he played in helping prop up Backpage in its billion dollar operation selling children for sex to online perverts, this the recent story which broke earlier in December is a chilling

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Arielle Silverstein’s Narcissistic Jokes

Arielle Silverstein

Sadly, if you suffer from narcissistic tendencies, you are essentially locked into appreciating a very narrow range of jokes that do not in any way connect with the experiences of other people. Chances are, you know one or two people who fit that description. (Individuals like Arielle Silverstein and Tony Ortega certainly

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Arielle Silverstein: Vigilante of Hate

Actually I think people love vigilantes, as long as they are taking vengeance on hated institutions such as banks, lawyers or landlords for example. – Arielle Silverstein aka Bozuri

Who are the are the “people” a bunch of cyber-terrorists? Vigilante is an interesting word. It entered English language sometime in the 19th century, borrowed from

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Arielle Silverstein: Equal Opportunity Offender

Do you know this show called “don’t tell my mother” where the presenter travels to weird places? Well, when he was in Teheran, he met a person, who offered him an alcoholic drink. The presenter was puzzled, knowing that alcohold [sic] is illegal in Iran, but the person explained that he was a Jew and

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Arielle Silverstein and Tony Ortega: Birds Of A Feather

Hot Chicks With Guy Fawkes Masks Relaunched! Funny.

I liked the guys in tights

And more hotness: [link redacted for common decency]

Arielle Silverstein, aka Bozuri

Whatever else Silverstein is (and we have no shortage of suggestions, ‘crank’, ‘hypocrite’, ‘hate monger’, ‘race-bater, take your pick, really) a feminist is not among the charges one

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