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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.

Trump’s Revenge: BuzzFeed Forced To Pay Obscene Amount Of Cash

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles during a news conference to reveal his tax policy at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York September 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Chivalry is officially dead -- at least where Donald Trump is concerned.

Brad Dayspring: Politico’s Worst Hire Ever?

12:00 AM 11/20/2015

If labor reporter Mike Elk was Politico's oddest hire for 2014, GOP operative Brad Dayspring may be an even weirder one for 2015. He is now the publication's Vice President of Communications.

OOPS! Tennessee Newspaper Tricked Into Calling GOP Lawmaker An A**hole

9:48 PM 11/18/2015

A reporter for The Tennesseean actually wrote a really balanced story on how local lawmakers feel about having Syrian refugees. But somewhere in this journalistic endeavor, things went awry. The Tennessean has some serious IT issues on its hands.

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Vox Has A ‘Code Of Conduct’ To Make Sure No One’s Feelings Get Hurt

8:40 PM 11/15/2015

It doesn't come as that much of a shock that Vox Media has a "code of conduct" for its product team.

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FCC Could Fine ABC’s ’20/20′ For F-Bomb [VIDEO]

7:15 PM 11/15/2015

Friday night was anything but normal for network TV.

Politico Issues Memorandum To Employees: Stop Talking To Mike Elk

8:11 PM 11/12/2015

As quickly as Politico is losing a wad of its star employees to CNN, it's also losing control of it's PR operation. This week the head of the pub's HR department issued a dictum to employees: Stop conversing with ex-Politico employee Mike Elk. It only encourages him.

Capitol Hill Newspaper Will No Longer Take Op-Eds

5:53 PM 11/10/2015

As the saying goes, opinions are like bellybuttons.

HACKED?! Angry Mom Of Politico Reporter Denies Writing Letter About Mike Elk

9:38 PM 11/09/2015

This is a warning to anyone with a mother on gmail.

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A Breitbart Editor’s Shi**y Welcome For A New Hire

7:22 PM 11/08/2015

Perhaps Breitbart News editor John Nolte really did have an innocent slip of the finger when he recently welcomed a new reporter into the fold.

Mother Of Politico Reporter Shares Extreme Irritation About Mike Elk

7:08 PM 11/08/2015

Labor reporter Mike Elk barely lasted a year in Politico's suburban Virginia newsroom. After he began trying to unionize his colleagues, which, for some, included what felt like a barrage of emails, managers insisted that he stay home. They blamed his PTSD, which he formally acknowledged in a statement.

ABC’s Lara Spencer Gets REALLY Cozy With Donald Trump

5:38 PM 11/03/2015

ABC "Good Morning America" co-host Lara Spencer may just look like she's having a good time sitting on Donald Trump's lap.

TV Hair Of The Day: Snakes On A Screen

9:29 PM 10/27/2015

Note to anyone offended by this post: If you feel upset in any way about this post, send a really long email to my editor Tucker Carlson. The longer and angrier the better. He enjoys manifestos.

Marketing Firm Braces Itself For 2016 Race With Assorted Condoms

9:04 PM 10/22/2015

Paradise Marketing, a company out of Vista, Calif., is getting ready for the 2016 presidential race with the one thing political campaigns may actually find useful.

Sean Fogerty of Tokyo, Japan, reacts to misspelling the word

Spelling Bee At National Press Club: Cheaters Welcome

9:50 PM 10/18/2015

Journalists can be notoriously poor spellers.

Ben Smith Goes To Work For Carly Fiorina

9:26 PM 10/07/2015

What in the world is Ben Smith doing working for the likes of Carly Fiorina?

              FILE - In this April 11, 2011 file photo, television personality Rosie O'Donnell attends the New York Women in Communications' 2011 Matrix Awards in New York. O’Donnell and her girlfriend, Michelle Rounds, are engaged. O’Donnell’s publicist and a spokesman for the Oprah Winfrey Network say the host of “The Rosie Show” told her studio audience about the engagement Monday during a commercial break. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)

Rosie O’Donnell Accuses Whoopi Goldberg Of Being Stoned On Set

9:14 PM 10/07/2015

Girls will be girls.

(Ugly) TV Hair Of The Day

8:45 PM 10/07/2015

Apparently super short short hair is in.

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Ann Coulter Mocks Stupid Pundits Who Didn’t Attend Ivy League Schools

11:08 PM 09/23/2015

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has lots of awkward moments in her future. Which is all part of her charm, really.

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MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Is Really Terrible At Singing ‘Happy Birthday’ [VIDEO]

10:46 PM 09/23/2015

Please. Make it stop.