Tony Ortega’s Abrupt Departure

 

Maybe it’s not so hard to believe that it’s already been 6 years since Tony Ortega was let go as the editor of The Village Voice. Since that time it’s been an on-going saga of continuous unemployment, desperate boot-licking in Hollywood, and a lackluster (to say the least) foray into the narcissistic world of self-publishing.

Suffice it to say, Tony Ortega will most likely be out of the running for the ‘Most Industrious Man of the Decade’ award this time around.

Still, we thought it might be interesting to briefly revisit the strange way in which Tony Ortega abruptly left his last real job, in light of all the emerging facts made public the brewing legal storm embroiling Backpage at the moment.

It’s an interesting fact about Ortega’s exit, that he announced it suddenly, without warning on his blog. Had he been fired? Had there been an extramarital affair? Was he a merely another rat fleeing a sinking ship? At the time no one really knew.

With the benefit of hindsight, it’s now looking entirely possible that it’s a combination of factors. Clearly, Tony Ortega approved of the direction toward prostitution his company was taking. We know this because he has on multiple occasions, praised his former bosses for being ‘smart enough’ to follow that path. In fact, he offers them praise even as he broke news of his ‘dismissal announcement’ on his blog.

Ortega wrote:

I’ve been an editor in chief of The Village Voice for five years, and this seemed like a good time to try something else. I think we did a good job of focusing the paper… and I helped turn a weekly newspaper with a Web site into a digital enterprise.”

Into a digital enterprise? The fact of the matter is that Tony Ortega wrote this line with full knowledge of exactly what this enterprise entailed. It entailed selling children, runaways chiefly, to perverts on the internet to be used and abused sexually. There is simply no way around this fact. He doesn’t raise the alarm on his way out the door. He doesn’t expose the truth, as any journalist worth his salt might. He praises them as he jumps ship and slinks into the darkness. That’s who Tony Ortega was 6 years ago and that’s who he is today.

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