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The Grey Lady’s nip slip

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.

You’d think these things would be reserved for HuffPost’s sideboob section or even a Daily Caller slideshow.

But no, this is The New York Times just a few days before Thanksgiving. There are other ways to depict the delicate subject matter of breast-cancer screening than boob shots in the world’s most respected newspaper, right?

The story centers around a woman in Kfar Saba, Israel who tested positive for a defective gene that causes breast cancer so she wanted to make sure her daughters were in the clear. Israel suffers some of the highest breast cancer stats in the world. The eldest daughter tested negative. The younger daughter is just 24. Mom wants the youngest daughter, if she tests positive, to marry early and have a double mastectomy. The older daughter disagrees with this course of action, saying, “Stop pressuring her!”

The crux of the story: “Such family debates are playing out across Israel these days.”


The shot above is that of a 28-year-old who discovered a lump in a left breast last year.

Oh, and just above the story? A notice to readers: “Wishing you a happy holidays.”

Gee, thanks.