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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Restitution For The Wronged

The clock is counting down to what some are calling the trial of the century, namely the federal case against Backpage pimp kingpins Michael Lacey and James Larkin, et al. 

Slated to begin in the summer of 2021, speculation is running rampant as to just how much jail time these kingpins will find

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Trial By Blog

Has anyone noticed how Tony Ortega is the lickspittle lackey in the high ranks of the anti-religion community?

Ortega hushes up the real facts in an artificial fog and no holds are barred when it comes to spread lies.

Being Ortega a blogger for hire he would oblige by publishing anything his sponsors

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Tony Ortega Is A Social Media ‘Hate Hot Spot’

There’s no denying it, the growth of technology over the last decade has fundamentally changed the way we communicate. As we enter an increasingly more digital world, communication through social media has become more important than ever. This past year alone has shown how social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter can generate interest

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Reaping What They Sowed: Ortega, Village Voice and The Backpage Conspirators

When Craigslist closed its “adult” section, Backpage became the go-to online spot for illegal sex listings. Its presence grew to be ubiquitous across the United States, making it the target of numerous law enforcement and attorneys general. 

Despite Tony Ortega’s whining to contrary. 

Despite his list of deceptive excuses as long as your arm. 

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“If You Can’t Beat ‘Em With Truth, Lie More Loudly”

Today we return to the in-depth look we’ve been taking a look at a telling editorial published by CNN in the early days of Backpage, some six years before the sex trafficking platform’s federally-enforced shutdown.

We say ‘telling’ because it is simply remarkable to look back at contemporary reporting at the time Backpage began

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“Couldn’t, Wouldn’t, Shouldn’t”: Tony Ortega’s Paper-Thin Defense of Backpage Torn Apart

It’s been a tumultuous week here in the United States, with all signs pointing the fact that there are still many surprises to come in the days and weeks ahead.

It’s within this context that we share with you excerpts from the following article unexpectedly shared with us overnight by a reader of

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No Port In The Storm For Tony Ortega: Ending The Hate Speech Safe Harbor

In a recent piece we wrote a little about a very exciting proposal just announced by the FCC suggesting that it may saoon be reconsidering the controversial ‘safe harbor’ provision of Section 230 to the Communications Decency Act (CDA) which was first enacted in 1996. 

Way back in 1996, no one foresaw that in

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New FCC Rules May Jeopardize Tony Ortega’s Ability To Reach Target Audience of Fellow Hate Activists

It’s not often we get truly exciting news from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) but today that is exactly what we have. Recently, the FCC made a stunning announcement that it would “clarify” the scope of the legal protections offered to internet platforms. 

Put in laymen’s turns this means that the FCC will

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“Ad hoc, Unconvincing, And Reeking Of Desperation”

In our last blog post we took a look back on the events of a single day four years ago which marked the beginning of the end for Backpage and the dime-store hype-men like Tony Ortega, paid to keep the public in the dark about the sex trafficking scheme they were running. 

Zero hour

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A Shameless Cocoon Of Lies, Lies, Lies

Over the course of this week, we’ve been watching how the events over the course of a single day in October of 2016 would be the death knell for Backpage, signaling the end of its rampant under-age sex trafficking empire and the shameless cocoon of lies Tony Ortega spun in their defense.

Now that

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