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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.
In continuing with our BuzzFeed series, today we have a story about the 19 ingredients found in McDonald's french fries. Sounds rather BuzzFeedian, no? Or maybe even a Vox.com explainer at this point. Ezra Klein is something of a foodie -- he likes Chopt and fresh figs -- he could easily tackle this.
Jesse Berney, a comedian who is the senior editor for the lefty Blue Nation Review, took it upon himself to scold the Twitter media masses Thursday for joking about Tom Brady's ballsy press conference. And we cannot stress enough then word "balls." Brady claimed he doesn't squeezed the balls, it's not part of his process. He said some guys like old balls.
We've all had personal and professional grudges. Some are short and biting. Some are long and biting and so bitter that they involves knives and blood and bile won't let you go until the deepest revenge has been served.
We knew -- without a single doubt in our minds or fiber in our souls -- that Washington Post's racial activist Wesley Lowery would be back on Twitter behaving like an idiot.
1. Rep. Louis Gohmert may be in some ethical hot water ... Keep in mind, he also used his influence to get a reporter from TheBlaze fired. All it took was a call to Glenn Beck. See the trouble he's in here. See how he got the reporter fired here.
Former President Bill Clinton is mapping out a strategy for his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, to become the next president of the United States. Part of that involves disengaging her from President Obama.
Pope Francis' thoughts on birth control have sparked a lot of conversation this week. To sum up his thoughts, he reaffirmed the church's ban on artificial birth control, but said Catholics have a moral obligation to not "breed like rabbits."
Say hello to Atlantic Media's tech blogger Frank Konkel. He's in charge of NextGov's "Emerging Tech" blog. As a publicist said when pitching Konkel to me for the Questionnaire, "He's hilarious. He grew up on a dairy farm in Michigan, loves motorcycles and leather jackets, and is generally our floor's smartass-in-residence."
Comedian Aasif Mandvi, who has attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner at least twice in recent years, is starring in a new web series aimed at making audiences more comfortable with Muslims.
The ladies of ABC's "The View" were discussing the merits of Google Thursday morning, when Nicolle Wallace dished about her marriage. She says it's a great "marriage device" because it settles fights -- IMMEDIATELY.
Some may recall the 'War of the Roses' marriage between Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) and his wife, Lolita. Last year she filed a restraining order against him for pushing her against the front door of their home. In return, he accused her of pushing him and had video to prove it. And now, a trial to determine whether she committed bigamy when she married him has been stalled. The aptly named Lolita is to blame. Or rather, it's her fake breasts -- they're leaking. She had to have emergency surgery to remove the implants.
CNN's Anderson Cooper's stalker has quite an accusation... The guy who stalked Cooper for six years tells a judge that Cooper's boyfriend is threatening him online. The stalker still apparently loves Cooper, despite his "hunky" boyfriend. See here.
BuzzFeed may have invented the listicle, but it sure as hell doesn't want its staff using that disgusting word.
NPR media writer David Folkenflik ran into NYT public editor Margaret Sullivan on Wednesday morning.
Goldie Taylor Glad To Work Somewhere Where They Don’t Pretend (The Others Are Just A Bunch of Phonies)
MSNBC canned contributor Goldie Taylor in September. But she's landed on her feet with a new gig as senior editor with Blue Nation Review. It's a lefty Beltway pub that's home to the likes of ex-Politico's Joe Williams, and liberal comedians Lizz Winstead and Jesse Berney.
Adweek's TVNewser couldn't be bothered to get the full list of journalists and senior officials who attended President Obama's off the record lunch today. So we did. Here they are.
Breitbart News Associate Editor Milo Yiannopoulos had an interesting morning of violent texts Tuesday. One remarked on how ashamed his mother must be of him. But another escalated the level of hate to death.