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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Tony Ortega Attacks Police

These days there is a lot of talk about “conspiracy theories”. We hear about them in our election politics, read about them in financial revelations like the Panama Papers, and watch them unfold in the MeToo Movement in Hollywood.

Savvy manipulators of this mindset like Leah Remini and her

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Tony Ortega’s Bad News From YouTube

Hot on the tails of our latest tip about Tony Ortega’s floundering Youtube channel, we checked in with the good folks over at Socialblade to do a deep dive on his actual numbers. What we found surprised even us.

As reported previously, Tony Ortega’s rating is a C+. While we certainly feel any

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Tony Ortega’s Cross-platform Hate

You may remember when we recently called Tony Ortega to task for the truly monumental dive in popularity his Twitter suffered, as reported by the social media watchdog of record “socialblade.com” earlier this year. So large was the mass migration of online eyes from Tony Ortega’s online platforms that it lead to

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Tony Ortega’s Misogynist Tweet Spree

Well it’s been a busy 24 hours for Tony Ortega’s Twitter. In what we’ve come to see as the classic Ortega ‘riding the coat-tails’ strategy, Tony seems to be trying to cash in on what scant little buzz Leah Remini’s show can still generate these days to try and hawk his self-published (self-plagiarized?) blog

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Tony Ortega: Early-Onset Old Fogey

When Tony Ortega isn’t busy tweeting about Crab Nebulas or obsessively cataloging Scientology donors by the size of their giving, he lives a pretty lonely life. Maybe it comes with the territory. Being an obsessive recluse with rage management control issues doesn’t tend to lead toward a flourishing social life.

So it’s

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Forgotten by Donors, Ortega Lashes Out

While it is no secret Tony Ortega has long been famously obsessed with Scientology, his second preoccupation these days, as a chronically unemployed/unemployable deadbeat, is with money.

Even a quick glance at the Tony Ortega blog, is enough to tell you all you need to know about his lust for cold hard cash. His little

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Leah Remini’s Atheist Agenda

Fallout continues following the stunning rebuttal of Leah Remini’s abhorrent television series in the form of the Green Lighting hate video which surfaced earlier this week.

Many critics have noted the staggering drop in viewership over Remini’s show the past couple seasons. It seems the folks over at A&E have decided to double down on

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Ortega Blog Melts Down Over Green Lighting Hate

The Tony Ortega blog is in full apoplectic meltdown following the release of a new video exposing the green light A&E’s given to self-described “crappy, has-been actress” Leah Remini.

Over at the Ortega blog, the man himself wastes no time launching into a tone-deaf defense of Leah and friends, seemingly oblivious to the irony that

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Tony Ortega Will Feed You Lies

Tony Ortega is not now, nor has he ever been, in Scientology. What is more he continually demonstrates that he does not understand what it is really like to be a Scientologist.

This causes him to dismiss important things and loudly scream and cry and kvetch about unimportant tangents on his blog and Twitter.

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Tony Ortega Throwing Stones At Camp Fire Aid Workers

If it’s one thing we’ve learn about Tony Ortega it’s that any chance he has to smear Scientology over at The Tony Ortega Blog Bunker is one he’s going to try and make the most of.

In recent weeks two main fires in California, the Camp Fire that destroyed most of the town

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