The Lesson of the Boy Who Cried Wolf

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, odds are you’ve heard us refer to Tony Ortega as a hypocrite a few times. Indeed, when it comes to making a case against Ortega on these charges we’re spoiled for choice given the width and breadth of his double-dealing underhandedness. 

For example, we’ve made much of the sham ‘defense’ Tony Ortega offered up in the hopes of swaying public sympathies to the Backpage sex trafficking profiteers he was infamously paid to shill for.

Way, way back before Tony Ortega became the unemployed deadbeat many know him as today, he was ‘hard at work’ phoning in a lackluster performance as the editor of The Village Voice. In this capacity he would often rise to sanctimoniously ‘attack’ activists and reporters who were exposing the truth behind the Backpage operation — wholesale sex trafficking, including child rape.

It was during one of these editorial attacks that Tony Ortega wrote the following:

What happens when two adults find each other through Backpage.com? I couldnt tell you. The whole point of Backpage.com is that we arent involved after two consenting adults find each other through the community bulletin board, which exists solely so that people can freely express themselves—sometimes in ways that make other people uncomfortable. Were First Amendment extremists that way. Always have been.”

It struck us as odd at the time that Tony Ortega would write such words. Not, of course, because they were demonstrably untrue even when he wrote them, but because Ortega was audaciously and without shame trying to portray himself as a man of high-minded principles. 

I mean are we talking about the same Tony Ortega here?

Just this week in Tony Ortega’s home-published blog, he gives us his hot take on Scientology. People isn’t generally fanatically obsessive about their subject matter in the way Ortega is when the topic of Scientology is introduced.  And that’s just where things get tricky. Because we have absolutely no idea if any of what Tony Ortega is reporting is based in fact. 

Any of it. 

Consider that for a moment. Tony Ortega has spent the better part of his whole professional life (such as it was) hysterically waving his arms and hyperventilating about Scientology and now it’s gotten to the point that he has simply lost all credibility on the subject.  

He has demonstrated time and time again his ‘willingness to deceive’ in order to support his ‘editorial bias’. In short, Tony Ortega cannot be trusted.

That is after all, the lesson of the boy who cried wolf one too many times. When people look at his history of deception they rightly choose to ignore Ortega. 

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