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: Bigotry’s Online Cheerleader

Arielle Silverstein aka Bozuri

If it’s one thing we’ve done here at the blog over the past few weeks it’s to firmly establish that Arielle Silverstein is nothing if not a cheerleader for online bigotry and fomenter of real world conflict.

Rather than flatly make baseless assertions, in the way she and her unemployed

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In A Post-Backpage Era, A New Anti-Sex Trafficking Hero Emerges (To Clean Up The Corruption Tony Ortega Helped Spread)

Online industries have been in a lot of hot water lately: hate speech, financial scams, undermined elections and — thanks to sites like Backpage — sex trafficking.

Up to now tech companies have largely avoided legal consequences, owing to a landmark 1996 law which protects them from lawsuits.

Today that federal law, Section 230 of

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Translating Abuse into Cash

To put it simply, the aftermath of the world’s largest child-sex ring, Backpage, has been ugly. While some of the online pimps Tony Ortega once defended as ‘expressing their First Amendment rights’ have been brought to justice for illegally trafficking exploited women and underage girls, many remain at large.

The wake of Backpage’s demise

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Arielle Silverstein aka Bozuri: Lying Out of Both Sides of Her Mouth

It’s a strange thing about Arielle Silverstein, she has an interesting habit of lying out of both sides of her mouth. We saw previously how easily she bounced from proclaiming herself to be inclusive and “educated” to dropping right down in the gutter with bigoted talk of ‘raiding’ members of a religion.

It seems the

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Arielle Silverstein: Advocate of Unrest

Arielle Silverstein aka Bozuri

We provided you damning proof that Tony Ortega’s wife, Arielle Silverstein, has for years been pushing an agenda of aggravating conflict against those she hates, ending one of her infamous rants with something that looked an awful lot like a call to arms to her fellow “Anons” members of the

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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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