Tony Ortega: The Face Of Our National Tabloid Epidemic

Tabloid Hack

Tony Ortega gets called a lot of names by people in the news business. Most of them, as you can well imagine, are none too flattering. 

If you ask us, however, the most damning name applied to Tony Ortega’s “profession” style, also turns out to be the most objectively accurate – tabloid hack.

The term tabloid journalism refers to the sort of cheap writing which puts an emphasis on such topics as sensational crime stories, astrology, celebrity gossip and television. In other words, tawdry rumors and hastily concocted lies designed to lure readers.

It’s worth noting that the word “tabloid” itself comes from the name given by a London-based pharmaceutical company to the compressed tablets they marketed as “Tabloid” pills in the late 1880s. 

The connotation of tabloid was soon applied to other small compressed items. For example, a 1902 item in London’s Westminster Gazette noted, “The proprietor intends to give in tabloid form all the news printed by other journals.” 

It seems clear that “tabloid journalism” by the early 1900’s had come to mean a form of writing which condensed large, complex stories into an overly simplified, easily absorbed format. Such “tabloid journalism” would affect its readers like a drug, impairing their ability to think critically about what they were reading. 

And just like giant money-hungry pharmaceutical companies would develop to pump out their wares to ensnare the public in webs of addiction, so too have unscrupulous ‘tabloid’ hacks like Tony Ortega emerged on the scene to addle the minds of the unwary. 

In the last decade, a lot of tabloid journalism and news production has changed mediums to online formats due to the transition to digital media. With a steady decline in paid newspapers, the gap has been filled by free daily articles, mostly in the same sort of shady, scandal-promoting tabloid format Ortega built his “career” emulating. 

Tragically, studies show that tabloid readers are often young and are on average less educated – and because Tony Ortega has found an audience in these uneducated readers, very few of them ever challenge him on the accuracy of the stories he invents, or the misrepresentations of individuals and situations he writes about.

And so Tony Ortega daily keeps pushing his ‘free’ product on those not educated enough to see his lethal strain of “tabloidism” for what it really is…  Until it is too late.

In this respect tabloid hacks like Ortega have much in common with common street corner drug dealers – they give their product away for free in the hopes of getting their victims hooked, before slowly, inevitably, destroying their lives.

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