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LOOK UPON THE DEVASTATION: The Mirror lands its first scalp

Betsy Rothstein
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.

Actually, it’s not that big of a deal.

In the world of online journalism, things are often moving in a whirlwind.

The Mirror gets that and doesn’t wish to be the Correction Police (like that egghead imbecile Andrew “Dijon” Beaujon over at Poynter.)

But when a fact is inserted into the middle of a piece and sheds some serious new light on the entire story, doesn’t it deserve a little shout-out?

Today, BuzzFeed wrote a story about a Tea Party group that appears to be rather menacing. They want to support primary candidates against GOP “traitors” like House Speaker John Boehner or any R’s who voted for the shutdown deal. Only the story initially missed this fact: That the group has never spent any money against GOP incumbents. Roughly an hour after the story posted, BuzzFeed quietly added, “Despite raising more than $1 million in 2012, the group only spent around $27,000 in support of two Republican candidates last cycle, according to Open Secrets, and no money against Republican incumbents.”

This isn’t the most egregious add in the world. But shouldn’t they have alerted the masses?

Smith told The Mirror, “We meant to and forgot — has now been added, thanks for the catch (and thanks to Will for the add).” The Daily Caller‘s Will Rahn, head bowed and a fortress around his desk, could not be reached for comment.

The story now includes this: “Note: This story has been updated to include details of the group’s 2012 spending.”