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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Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story


Trolls have been around almost as long as the Internet. Even in its early days as a decentralized computer network connecting academics and government agencies, Internet trolls have sought to use the platform to spread their petty hate.

Tony Ortega, who has a well documented history of a wide variety of

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Tony Ortega’s policy: If you can’t win the argument with facts, start slinging dirt


Back before certain voices in the current political administration began attacking Deputy Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice, Rod Rosenstein, in an apparent attempt to discredit him, another desperate voice sought to similarly influence the narrative surrounding an on-going investigation through mudslinging. The name of that seemingly prescient propagandist? Tony

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The reviews are in

With all the talk lately about Tony Ortega’s prolonged joblessness and chronic unemployment, it seemed like a worthwhile idea to check in on what Tony has been up to lately. Searches of major media outlets, publishing houses and even small time gossip blogs have yet to yield up a single hit. So deafening is

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When will Ortega meet RICO?

The Village Voice was having problems. The paper had just yet another round of layoffs as part of a nationwide cull by its parent company. Its future prospects were looking so dim, the Voice began to rely almost exclusively on sex and drug ads to stay solvent. It was so desperate for revenue that

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Tony Ortega’s Whataboutism

These days in the news we hear a lot about ‘Whataboutism’, it’s a variant of the tu quoque logical fallacy which attempts to discredit an opponent’s position by charging them with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving what it is they are saying. It’s a pernicious line of argument particularly associated with Soviet and

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Sordid Secretive Scandal

Back before the scandal surrounding the demise of the Village Voice, before Tony Ortega’s bosses, Michael Lacey and James Larkin, in Phoenix began destroying all the evidence they could that might implicate them in the global sex scandal spiraling so out of control lengthy prison sentences seemed the only plausible outcome… Back before

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Unemployed blogger on the fringes of the internet


Hard to read but some real good geeks were able to enhance the videos and read the tag on Tony Ortega’s shirt.

It reads:

“Hello my name is unemployed blogger on the fringes of the internet.”

We knew that Ortega was unemployed but this proves that he has no shame in being jobless

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Defending Paul Haggis

As the MeToo movement has highlighted over the course of the past year, there is no shortage of rapists and serial abusers of women in Hollywood. A few short months ago it was revealed that Paul Haggis was accused of sexual misconduct by 4 different women; two of whom accuse him of rape.


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Tony Ortega’s deliberate falsification-style of “journalism”

There is no shortage of fake news on the internet these days. It doesn’t take much to be a blogger willing to fill post after post with nothing but lies. But to be a blogger exposed as a liar on, the internet’s gold standard for debunking and exposing deceit? Now that’s a

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Tony Ortega’s Reddit Q & A

Last year, Tony Ortega, in desperate need of generating some interest in his ‘well past its sell-by date’ career, took to Reddit (the self-styled ‘front page of the internet’) for a Q & A session.

Though the questions asked by the users of site generated no shortage of half-truths, un-truths and

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