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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Bipartisan Justice Part II

In our last post we referenced the bipartisan support that lead to The U.S. Senate’s condemnation of Backpage and its vocal supports when it voted overwhelmingly in February to close an Internet law loophole that has shielded Backpage from liability when they ran ads for minors being offered as prostitutes.

The law this

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Bipartisan Justice

Back on January 10, 2017, it was a day of reckoning on Capitol Hill for the Backpage, when the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released a new report saying that Backpage had knowingly facilitated underage trafficking on its site by actively editing ads posted in the “adult services” section. It was then

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Tony Ortega’s Stunning Lack of Objectivity: A Case Study

Long before defending the Backpage for its exploitation of child sex slavery, Tony Ortega wrote a story for the now defunct New Times Los Angeles in which he attempted to cast dispersions on expert testimony concerning Project MKUltra, the CIA’s controversial mind control program on human subjects — which were, at times,

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Tony Ortega: Receipt of Stolen Goods

When John Joseph was expelled from the Church of Scientology he embarked upon a life of crime, and it all began with mail theft.

There was really no pattern to what he would take when John Joseph began stealing mail addressed to his former church in Tucson, AZ. Personal letters, DVDs, publications, miscellaneous packages, it

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Size and Scope

For as much as we’ve talked about the dangers of Tony Ortega’s hate-blog and the work of his former employers at the sleazy sex selling site, Backpage, it could be helpful to take a moment to set each in its proper context.

For example, Tony Ortega’s ‘angry troll on the internet’ routine generates

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Tony Ortega’s Spurious Logic

The more one examines Tony Ortega’s involvement as Editor-in-Chief of his former rag, the Village Voice, and how he defended their attempts to make money off of sex trafficking the sicker one gets.

We know have incontrovertible proof in the form of first-hand, corroborated accounts (as described in affidavits to the Court by

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Mike Rinder’s Violent Rhetoric

Recently we discussed several explicit and specific death threats which had been occasioned by the groundswell of hate Tony Ortega and his like gin up on their blogs.

Mike Rinder is no stranger to this same violent rhetoric, often writing posts intended to whip his commenters into a rage against Scientologists

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Tony Ortega’s Blog: Threats

This week, news of another sexual assault claim to light. This time the alleged predator was not alleged rapist Paul Haggis but a nominee to the highest court in the land. Since coming forward, we have learned that the victim has gone into hiding, following the tsunami of violent threats she’s received on social media.

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A House of Cards, It’s All About Money

On what was surely one of the more infamous of moments on Leah Remini’s show was that time she sat in a round table with a ‘brain trust’ of kooks, including infamous and violent deprogrammer Steve Hassan, who brazenly, claimed they were on a mission to destroy a religion.

But because so many of Leah’s

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Common Pimps, Common Themes

 

Yesterday we took a look at how everything that Tony Ortega touches dies. Though the scope of our discussion was based on the disastrous litany of Tony Ortega’s failed employment history, this deep underlying truth about Tony can tragically be applied to numerous Jane Doe’s who have suffered at the hands of the

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