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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Making The Case for A Corporation’s Right To Sell Kids

It’s no secret Tony Ortega was a staunch defender of the special privileges  and freedoms of billion dollar corporations back when he was on the Backpage payroll. Freedoms like that of selling children to predators online for a cut of the profit were, after all, the sole reason Backpage was founded in the first

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Tony Ortega’s Problematic Enablers #5 Karen De La Carriere

Karen de la Carriere aka Snow Suzy

Even though he’s unemployed and without any discernible means of supporting himself, Tony Ortega keeps the lights on (and keeps the hate flowing) thanks in part to a number of easy marks he’s been leaching off over the years.

Without the help of this small army of

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Tony Ortega’s Rotten, Forgotten High School Hit Piece

Tony “Scoop” Ortega

Some time ago we took a deep dive into Tony Ortega’s “professional” past, giving special attention to the way in which his editorial brand of vitriolic invective was received at the time by his readers.

It should come as no surprise that Tony Ortega has always relied more heavily on

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More Projection Than a Movie Theater

Tony Ortega doesn’t have a wide variety of intellectual tricks up his sleeve.

Indeed, the rhetorical power at his disposal consists mainly of bullying, mean-girl style whisper campaigning, and projection. And it is to this last idea, that of projection, which we turn our attention today.

There is a certain set of false

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Backpage: A Vulgar Web of Coercion

The pandemic of social ills Tony Ortega’s good friends over at Backpage unleashed on the nation have been an ongoing horror story. The trail of broken lives and destroyed families Backpage left in its wake remain the most enduring legacy of what Tony Ortega wanted us all to believe was nothing more than

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Tony Ortega’s Dirty Tricks #53: “Perception Management”

Unless, like Tony Ortega, you work in the shady field of Internet propaganda (or some of the more questionable advertising agencies of Madison Avenue) you may be unfamiliar with the concept of ‘perception management’.

Briefly, it is a ‘term of art’ coined by the wartime propaganda unit of the United States military and, according

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Jail Sentence for “Promotion of Prostitution” May Set Compelling Precedent For Backpage Promoters Like Tony Ortega

Few people would ever mistake Tony Ortega for Heidi Fleiss, the so-called Hollywood Madam whose upscale prostitution ring based in Los Angeles, California ensnared a number of high profile personalities. 

While Tony Ortega did work to promote Backpage, at times with the rabid ferocity of a dyspeptic junkyard dog, many of those who became

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Score One for the Good Guys: Backpage Sex Ring Sentenced To 81 Years in Prison

Last week we reported to you some heartening news out of the Washington, D.C., area regarding the successful prosecution of the last two pimps in what had been one of the lingering sex trafficking rings of the infamous Backpage era. 

Friday, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced on its blog that, collectively,

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Tony Ortega’s Dirty Tricks #42: Disinformation

If Tony Ortega had to choose a favorite propaganda devices we here at the blog would guess he’d pick ‘disinformation’ by a country mile. The fact is disinformation has long been Ortega’s go-to tool for muddying the waters and sowing discord in his various smear campaigns against those he designates as his “enemies”.

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Individuals Like Tony Ortega Are Reprehensible

Tony Ortega

With court cases being delayed and investigations temporarily stayed amid the global pandemic, encouraging updates about Backpage prosecutions have been few and far between. 

Until now.  

On Tuesday July 28th, two men who pleaded guilty to trafficking an underage girl as part of a prostitution ring that operated in the

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