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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Why Tony Ortega Fears the Freedom of Information

It probably would not surprise you to learn that once again Tony Ortega is tipping his hand as to just how hypocritical he really is.

We’re used to hearing Ortega whine and moan as he throws his little tantrums over on his homemade basement blog, but recently Ortega’s hypocrisy has gotten so extreme

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“Martin Luther King Jr. Would Be Ashamed of You, Mr. Ortega”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

‘Race relations’ is a subject we are hearing a lot about recently. Making headlines across the nation, it seems the topic of race is in the forefront of the country’s collective conscious. And people everywhere are speaking their mind about it.

All of this reminded us of

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No Kind of Respectable Journalist

We’ve been getting asked a lot here for more context on the developing scandal concerning Tony Ortega and his attempts to have a sexual affair with one of his story sources. As shocking as this story is, it is hardly surprising to any of us familiar with the way Tony Ortega conducts himself both

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Did Tony Ortega Have An Extra-Marital Affair With One of His Sources?

Tony Ortega and Melissa Paris

We received a heads-up from one reader who had been going through our recent run of articles exposing Tony Ortega’s legacy of bad faith journalism and red flags.

The reader, who asked to remain anonymous, drew our attention to long circulating rumor concerning a blog Tony Ortega

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Fake News: Brought To You By Tony Ortega Part 2

Tony Ortega concocted a purposefully fake and misleading bit of libel in bad faith to take yet another petty swipe at his relentless hatred for Scientologists. In it he falsely claims that Scientology conspired to donate $20,000 last month to local city programs in order to “buy” special police protection from riots which no

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Does Tony Ortega Like To Make Christians Look Bad In Public?

As we’ve been looking back at the public’s review of Tony Ortega’s biased work during his brief stint as a tabloid writer for an alt rag in Kansas a recurring theme seems to pop up again and again. One reader named Stephen M. Schaefer summed it up best way back in the spring of

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The Cult of Tony Ortega

Few clearheaded people would argue with the claim that Tony Ortega is a harmful, divisive force in a nation on the brink of fractioning.

Slob-like basement bloggers like Tony Ortega frequently focus on their obsessions and, being blind to all else, pump out story after story they claim supports the narrative they are

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Fake News: Brought To You By Tony Ortega

You guessed it, Tony Ortega is selling simplistic self-serving narratives to his gullible readers again— the only problem, none of it is true.

With all the instability and uncertainty unfolding around us some are taking advantage, opportunistically using the situation to sow chaos and harm — and Tony Ortega is no different.

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Whining Little Twerp

Over the course of this past week we’ve been taking a deep-dive into Tony Ortega’s so-called “professional” past as hack tabloid journalist. We here at the office have to admit, the amount of public vitriolic outrage aimed at Tony Ortega’s biased, one-sided journalism during his time in Kansas City has been surprising, even to

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“Bad Faith Start To Finish”

It’s been great hearing so much of the feedback we’ve been getting this past week as we’ve been exposing Tony Ortega’s past as a hack writer for a tabloid in Kansas City.

We’ve seen him dabbling in the sexual exploitation of teens for his own benefit, we’ve seen him engage in wholesale character

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