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.

Even Ronan Farrow’s Mom Doesn’t Want Him On TV

Despite Mia Farrow and Woody Allen's attempts at sabotage by naming him

It doesn't get much worse when your network strips you of your show and then your kooky mom goes on Twitter and says she'd prefer that you not be on TV either. To be fair, MSNBC is giving Ronan Farrow another role.

The Fashion Plates Of CPAC (Cat Calls Optional)

4:31 PM 02/27/2015

The idea of "fashion" at CPAC would be a loose interpretation of how fabric functions this week at the Marriott Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor. It's more like how little can I wear and how much flesh can I expose and still walk around upright with a deep sense of accomplishment that says, "Yes, I got dressed this morning."

EXCLUSIVE: Ed Schultz Goes To Trial

1:25 PM 02/27/2015

WASHINGTON -- Ed Schultz's lawyers royally screwed up, a D.C. District Court judge declared Friday at an "emergency" hearing made at the request of the MSNBC media personality. The judge denied a motion to seal public records they claimed were confidential. Despite publicly filing the documents, they argued they were confidential and that not filing a motion to seal them years ago was an "inadvertent" error.

Ed Schultz Convinces Judge To Hold Emergency Hearing Because MSNBC Host Thinks He Needs To Protect His Career

10:46 PM 02/26/2015

By The Mirror Contributor EVAN GAHR

The Mirror Questionnaire With Washington Free Beacon’s Truth Monkey

2:56 PM 02/26/2015

Say hello to Washington Free Beacon's Truth Monkey. He flies under the radar in anonymity and swings around in trees. But somehow we've struck up a friendship over the years, but only on Twitter. (He's @TheTruthMonkey if you want to get in touch and increase his Klout score.) He refuses to tell me who he is, but said he might meet me at a dark bar sometime. Still, there's so much I don't know about him. (By the way, I assume it's a him, but who knows what gender Monkey is? He could be transgender for all I know -- Bruce Jenner is, after all, his celebrity crush.)

Separated At Birth: TWT Political Editor Stephen Dinan

2:06 PM 02/26/2015

The Washington Times Political Editor Stephen Dinan appeared on CNN this week. We couldn't help but notice how much he looks like actor Richard Gere (American Gigolo, Pretty Woman, Nights in Rodanthe).

Morning Mirror

11:30 AM 02/26/2015

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Life After Control C: The Benny Johnson Story

5:40 PM 02/25/2015

For months, ex-BuzzFeeder Benny Johnson maintained a polite silence. He'd thank you for your question, but say he wasn't quite ready to talk about what happened.

Mike Elk Speaks Out About Why He’s Been MIA From Politico’s Newsroom

3:57 PM 02/25/2015

Politico senior labor reporter Mike Elk spoke out today about why he's been missing from the Rosslyn newsroom for about a month. Presumably to dispel the idea that his absence coincided with his announcement to unionize Politico, here's what he had to say:

CNN Throws Wet Blanket On Hugh Hewitt Being A Presidential Debate ‘Moderator’

3:45 PM 02/25/2015

This is what happens when two entities working together fail to communicate before the press release goes out.

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 2: Ed Schultz speaks on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on October 2, 2010. Thousands of people gather at The One Nation March will feature civil rights leaders, labor leaders, environmental and peace activists, faith leaders and celebrities. (Photo by Logan Mock-Bunting/Getty Images)

Ed Schultz: ‘I Am Not Interested In Oprah. She Is Not A Serious Player’

1:57 PM 02/25/2015

By The Mirror Contributor Evan Gahr

In newly obtained private emails, MSNBC's Ed Schultz likened CNN to fecal matter, pined for a job with Fox News, claimed the 2008 McCain presidential campaign kept him off Larry King and, most disturbingly, manifested profound micro-aggression towards Oprah Winfrey.

Morning Mirror

11:34 AM 02/25/2015

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CPAC Confuses Two Black Political Leaders

10:28 AM 02/25/2015

Oh no they didn't.

Afternoon Mirror

4:46 PM 02/24/2015

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Politico Continues Hiring Spree With Boston Globe’s National Security Correspondent

11:18 AM 02/24/2015

With the grand procession of Politico reporters and editors out the door since summer,  Politico appears to be determined to hire journalists whose names are not yet famous for Washington. Consider this one more cog in the wheel of the suburban Virginia publication's new regime with VandeHarris focused heavily on Brussels. On Tuesday morning they announced that they snagged Bryan Bender, the Boston Globe's national security correspondent, to run Pro Defense.

Candidates gather for the start of the Ronald Reagan Centennial GOP Presidential Primary Candidates Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Sept. 7, 2011 in Los Angeles.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

This Talk Radio Host Is Scheduled To Moderate A GOP Presidential Debate (Update)

7:28 AM 02/24/2015

Suffice it to say Hugh Hewitt is no Candy Crowley.

Roll Call Politics Editor To Boston Globe

4:11 PM 02/23/2015

Bye-bye Washington!

Separated at Birth: State Dept. Deputy Spokeswoman Marie Harf

3:49 PM 02/23/2015

OK maybe a slight stretch.

(Photo: Getty Images)

What Kind Of Moron Pays $200 To Drink At CPAC?

2:42 PM 02/23/2015

CPAC opens with a bang on Thursday with a party known as Blog Bash.