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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.

Mother Jones Writer Announces His Cancer Diagnosis

While many of us are waking up to ordinary Saturday mornings filled with jogging, tweeting and hangovers, longtime Mother Jones blogger and writer Kevin Drum is waking to this: cancer. On Friday, he came right out with it in a post just before dinnertime. While his doctor says his prognosis is good, he knows he'll have to be watchful for the rest of his life.

Bristol Palin Claws Media With 10 Perfect Post Brawl Nails

4:35 PM 10/23/2014

Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol, doesn't just hate the media. She despises it. But today, in a first-person account on the "Palin family brawl," she sounded the typical rallying cry of many conservative websites out there: It's the liberal media -- they're all biased! Specifically, she claims the media has revealed its bias against conservative women like herself.

Is Chuck Todd ‘Obsessed’ With Fox News?

7:17 PM 10/22/2014

NBC's new ginger-haired host of "Meet the Press" Chuck Todd has been making the rounds as of late, giving interviews to entities that represent all ends of the political spectrum. He talked to the rabidly right-leaning Breitbart News. And today, oddly enough, he lays out the "balancing act" of NBC's flagship Sunday show for Media Matters, an organ of the Democratic Party that has no balance and spends every breath of its being trying to snuff out Fox News.

CNN’s Jeff Zucker Issues Surprising Feel Good Memo

1:06 PM 10/22/2014

After a slew of layoffs in recent weeks, CNN President Jeff Zucker has issued the feel good memo of the year. Because don't people need to be reassured that everything's okay as their colleagues pack up their belongings? Guess it's better than taking hallway selfies, but what do I know?