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Politico can’t get Politico to comment

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.

What does a Politico reporter have to do to get Politico to comment?

Who knows? Because it’s not happening. In an in-depth story Tuesday on The New York Times “suffering a brain drain,” Dylan Byers reached out to his new executive editor, Rick Berke – the new Jim VandeHei – asking him for comment.

It’s always a little interesting when a media reporter tries to pose questions to his own publication. Byers was forced to write, “Berke, who will soon become executive editor at POLITICO, declined to comment.”

There was no internal discussion or drama, The Mirror has learned — Berke just declined.

Come on, Berke. At least cough up a quote for your own reporter.

I requested a comment from Byers.