Tony Ortega: Defending the Indefensible With the Same Lies

“We’re being told that there’s a widespread, growing and out-of-control problem to fear in our country. And it has a catchy name: ‘trafficking. The actual data behind this ‘epidemic’ is wanting in the extreme. It involves guesses by activist professors, junk science by nonprofit groups trying to extract money from Congress…” – Tony Ortega

We can think of a great number of people who disagree with Tony Ortega on the above quote which represents just one of his numerous propagandistic untruths on the subject. One group that made a very public display of exposing Tony Ortega’s lies of course was the Unite States Senate.

As our readers will remember, following an 18-month long bipartisan investigation (costing taxpayers untold millions of dollars, we remind you) the Senate Subcommittee on Investigations released a crushing report which put truth to the lie Backpage sock-puppets like Tony Ortega were explicitly hired by James Larkin and Michael Lacey to peddle to the media.

For more than twenty months, the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations investigated the problem of online child sex trafficking focusing on Backpage and what Tony Ortega tried so hard to sarcastically dismiss as merely ‘out-of-control panic’.

Much to Tony Ortega’s chagrin the Subcommittee discovered that Backpage was involved in close to three quarters of all child trafficking reports. A far cry from the bad-faith fear-mongering Tony Ortega was deceitfully attempting to spin it as.

Indeed, the Senate Subcommittee correctly concluded its report by describing Backpage as a “hub” of “human trafficking, especially the trafficking of minors.” For Tony Ortega to attempt to argue otherwise is nothing short of aiding and abetting the very criminals who cooked up this scheme in the first place.

Among the range of charges currently facing Larkin, Lacey et al is the damning claim that Backpage knowingly concealed evidence of criminality by systematically editing, altering and willfully obfuscating its “adult” ads to hide the true intent behind their business model.

At this point it is beyond clear that Tony Ortega has been attempting the same trick in his defense of the indefensible.

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