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BE VERY AFRAID: Matt Labash interviews Betsy Rothstein, TheDC’s newest columnist

Betsy Rothstein
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      Betsy Rothstein

      Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Betsy has been covering and torturing Washington media for the past three years. Early on she studied journalism in England, interviewing punk rockers in Piccadilly Square who stole her notebook and ripped it up. After graduating from Union College with a B.A. in Spanish, she began her journalism career in Cambridge, Mass., working for a Cuban newspaper where she conducted man-on-the-street interviews. She asked Latinos about their love lives. “Do Latinos make better lovers or what?” She soon moved out west to Denver, where she worked for two rival Hispanic weeklies for one year each. Next stop: J-school at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, where she earned a master’s degree. In the years following grad school she worked at the Boca Raton News as a business reporter followed by a brief stint as a press secretary for former Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.). She spent the next decade on Capitol Hill covering hard news, features and gossip for The Hill Newspaper. In 2009 she quit and moved to Portland, Ore. and wrote about the many long-haired men there who distinctly resemble Jesus. They weren’t all kind (one was fat and confrontational) but she got her story. Prior to joining TheDC, Betsy was the editor of FishbowlDC, a Washington media gossip blog.

Editor’s note:

We’d like to welcome Betsy Rothstein and her blog, The Mirror, to The Daily Caller. Betsy signed on last week but we’ve known her for a long time, under very different circumstances. Betsy has been writing about us since we launched almost fours years ago. From the beginning, she often seemed to know more about what was happening in The DC’s offices than I did. It drove me crazy, and to this day I don’t know who her sources were. That’s what a great reporter she is, fearless and dogged. You wouldn’t want her on your case, trust me. (She’s also, for the record, a sweet person.)

The ground rules we’ve set for Betsy’s new blog are pretty limited: nothing negative about our immediate families. Other than that she can write pretty much whatever she likes, and no doubt plans to. Which is another way of warning old friends, former coworkers and relatives in other cities: Betsy does what she wants. We can’t help you. Sorry.

For everyone else, enjoy it. You’ll find news here every day.

Tucker Carlson


MATT LABASH: In David Mamet’s “House of Games,” Joe Mantegna’s grifter character told his mark that whenever you leave a job, and you’re on your way home, you should “Take something. A pencil, something to assert yourself. Take a memento. Take something from life.” Why did you leave Fishbowl, and did you take any office supplies on the way out?

BETSY ROTHSTEIN: On the road of life, leaving was the next right thing. It just feels fitting. I need to swim in the sea as opposed to a small glass bowl. I do not steal workplace supplies. Then again, my office was in Manhattan so access to the supply closet was not exactly easy.

I believe we first met when you were working for The Hill, writing a piece on our dear friends from Media Matters. Does the media matter? If not, why not? If so, prove it. Aren’t there too many of us, and we all cancel each other out in this unceasing cacophony of 24/7 noise?

Ironically, Media Matters, the organization, doesn’t matter. They have a lot of bluster, a lot of accusations, a perpetual, mindless hatred of Fox News. But the actual media matters – yes, because it shapes the way people think, but more importantly, it influences what we think about on a daily basis even if we don’t want to admit it.