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, aka Bozuri, Plays The Hypocrite Victim Card

Tony Ortega and Arielle Silverstein aka Bozuri

Recently we made the claim that Tony Ortega’s current wife, Arielle Silverstein, is a hypocritical ideologue who boasts of her ‘education’ and ‘peacefulness’ while actively trying to gin up aggression against other religious groups despite the fact that she is culturally a member of a minority group

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The Anonymous Postings Arielle Silverstein Doesn’t Want You to Read

Arielle Silverstein aka Bozuri

A while ago we did a series of pieces about Tony Ortega’s wife, Arielle Silverstein also known as Bozuri in the Anonymous world. She is works in the Ethics Office at the United Nations.

Silverstein is to Ortega’s equal parts sugar mama (she brings home the paycheck while he freeloads

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Tony Ortega: Fraud at Village Voice Front

The rise and fall of the Village Voice reads like a Greek tragedy. Having long been a stalwart of strong writing and interesting points of view, it went from being an American icon to a national disgrace in a matter of a few short weeks following Tony Ortega being installed as Editor-in-Chief. It was around

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Ortega’s Backpage Lies Continue to Victimize

By this point there are few brazen enough to argue away the corrupting influence Backpage had on every element of society it touched — from the marginalized who were its victims to the online predators from all walks of life who took advantage of the despicable illegal sex trade platform. Tony Ortega is about the

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Backpage Fooled No One, Even Then

The spotlight we’ve been focusing on the final days of Tony Ortega at the Village Voice has brought a lot of shady business to light. With the benefit of 20/20 vision the reckless criminality of Backpage and the cavalcade of villains like Tony Ortega it gave rise to, are only too obvious today. But all

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‘Evidence’ is a Four Letter Word For Ortega

Tony Ortega

Since we’ve begun running our recent series of stories detailing Tony Ortega’s history of pushing fake stories we’ve been inundated by tipsters pointing us to further examples of the ‘plain-as-day fraud’ which has been the hallmark of Tony Ortega’s career. One eagle-eyed reader pointed us to the following which illustrates Ortega’s disregard

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The ‘Tony Ortega’ Tony Ortega Doesn’t Want You To See

Tony Ortega had tried to pull the wool over the public’s eyes when he published his sensationalized fake story about billionaire Bruce McMahan. We suggested yesterday that Ortega had used the flimsiest of pretexts based upon evidence Tony either knew to be false or cared so little whether it was or wasn’t that he did

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Motion Denied: Bombshell Ruling on Upcoming Backpage Trial Sends Shockwaves

Questions have been pouring into the blog recently about updates to the court case against the owners of Backpage, James Larkin and Michael Lacey, set for next spring. We here do our best to bring you all the late breaking news around the illegal sex trafficking scheme Tony Ortega long shilled for, knowing full well

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Tony’s Ortega: Fictitious Misadventures in Journalism

Fake news illustration by Frederick Burr Opper, 1894

Looking into Tony Ortega’s history is not for the faint of heart. We should know, we’ve been plumbing the depths of that very sordid affair in which Tony Ortega made his underhanded gambit to focus international attention on himself (big surprise!) by accusing a billionaire named

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Tony Ortega’s Fake News: Publish and Be Damned

We told you about the royal wedding of William and Kate and how the unchecked chaos of yet another in a seemingly endless torrent of fraudulent stories by Tony Ortega almost derailed the whole event.

One question we’ve been getting since that piece first posted is exactly how Tony Ortega tried to justify the obvious

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