About Us

Contemptor is a site that is dedicated to providing unfiltered media criticism along with bluntly honest commentary on politics and popular culture. Unlike many media and culture websites, Contemptor is not interested in appealing to a specific demographic. We don’t believe in sacred cows. There are no untouchable targets or sympathetic favorites. If something is shit, we will make sure to let you know how bad it smells.

The whole point of Contemptor is to cut through all the bullshit and highlight instances where media organizations and personalities are failing at their jobs.

While the media is the main focus at Contemptor, we also will provide harsh commentary on other elements of popular culture, such as entertainment and sports. If you are looking for a biting review of a film or album, a takedown of a thinkpiece at a gossip site or a discussion of the latest trending topic on social media, Contemptor will be there.

Overall, we aren’t interested in providing you with your daily dose of confirmation bias. Contemptor doesn’t cheerlead for any powerful person, organization, party or group. Instead, we are devoted to taking them down a notch, and maybe, just maybe, getting them to do their jobs a little better.

 

THE STAFF!

 

Justin Baragona — Publisher/Editor

Justin Baragona is the founder and publisher of Contemptor. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.

 

Darragh Roche: Senior Editor/Political News Writer

Darragh Roche is a journalist based in Ireland and the UK . He studied at the University of Limerick, Ireland and in Budapest, Hungary. His work focuses on politics and international relations. He writes a regular column for the London Economic, a British news site, and contributes to a variety of online and print publications.

Becky Sarwate — Associate Editor/Political Columnist

Becky is an award-winning journalist, Op-Ed columnist and blogger. On March 29, 2018 her first book, Cubsessions: Famous Fans of Chicago’s North Side Baseball Team, was published by Eckhartz Press. She is a proud Chicago resident, where Becky lives with her husband Bob. Check out her collected work at BeckySarwate.com, and follow her on Twitter @BeckySarwate.

Travis View — Senior Researcher

Travis View is a husband, father, lifelong San Diegan, and too online guy. He has previously published in Arc Digital Media and his Twitter account, where he provides daily updates of the strangest things coming out of the internet swamps. His tweets on the QAnon conspiracy theory have been featured in NBC News and Right Wing Watch.

Richard Wojcicki — Cable News Researcher

You know those cool cable news clips we tweet out? He’s the man behind them.

Dash MacIntyre — Political Columnist

Dash MacIntyre is a Millennial political columnist from St. Louis. He is also the founder and editor-in-chief of The Halfway Post, a satirical gazette of angrily halfway real news.

Evangeline Van Houten — Pop Culture Writer

Daughter of a high school English teacher and an English professor, Evangeline is a survivor of Academia and an aspiring elegant person. She lives in St. Louis with her family and a lot of books.