Who Is Tony Ortega? 

What do you call a person who supports sex trafficking?

What do you call a person who calls the Christian Bible “silly?”

What do you call a person whose obsessive hatred of a minority religion is so deep and so sick that he spews hate regarding it daily, the sheer weight of the venom almost equaling Shakespeare’s complete works?

Tony Ortega

What do you call someone whose sole stock in trade are lies masked as “news” and bigotry masked as “authority”?

What do you call someone who brazenly supports two criminals indicted on 93 counts of illicit commercial sex, resulting in, among other abominations, gang rape, brutalization and cold-blooded murder of innocents?

What do you call someone whose sole stock in trade are lies? 

What do you call an individual who, parasite-like, feeds off the good works of others, by perverting them from something beautiful to something as twisted and malevolent as he is?

What do you call a person whose only source of income is other haters, including his own wife?

What do you call someone whose 24/7 hate campaign has contributed to over 600 threats and acts of violence against Scientologists, including a murder?

What do you call someone who follows the white supremacist playbook, condemning good people whose only sin is their very existence?

“The people I work for were smart enough to start Backpage,” Ortega boasted,
referring to Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, both under federal indictment for facilitation of sex trafficking.

What do you call someone who makes up “news” stories from whole cloth, then, when found out and dismissed, repeats the same crime again—inventing a pure fiction posing as truth—and then when sacked again, does it yet again?

Tony Ortega. You call that person Tony Ortega—an individual who apparently cannot or will not exert the modicum of self-control that distinguishes a civilized person from a barbarian; a person who cannot or will not learn that to be put on this earth is an honor and a golden opportunity to help others.

Remember that name. Tony Ortega. What he touches turns to ashes. His motivations are death and darkness, reflected by his works, by the good people he despises and by the dregs and flotsam he celebrates.

You and I do our best. We try to achieve the greatest good for the greatest number in whatever corner of life we take a hand. It’s not always easy, but we at least try. Tony Ortega is not like that. Tony Ortega doesn’t even try.

And every day, Tony Ortega adds to his load, adds to the scales of decency being tipped against him, because he cannot or will not stop himself.

And because he cannot or will not stop himself, it is up to you and me to do the work for him.

How? By simply turning the light of truth on him, constantly, continuously, relentlessly. As a creature of shadows and lies he shrinks from the light of truth.

This is Tony Ortega. This is who he is.

Let’s recognize him for who he is, and let’s expose his darkness and lies to the light of truth.

John Evans
John Evans has written for theater and the big screen. His essays, fiction and poetry have appeared in several publications on the East and West Coasts.