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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.

Franken-Stein: Senator Praises ‘Brave’ Women After Inappropriate ‘Aggressive’ Kiss

Al Franken Getty Images/Mark Wilson

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is covered in Weinstein slime.


IJR Hired A Con Man. Shockingly He Lasted Less Than A Year.

7:32 PM 11/15/2017

IJR appears to be doing some fall cleaning. The kind that involves bleach, not hand soap.

Harvey Weinstein arrives at the 89th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, U.S. February 26, 2017. Picture taken February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Tina Brown: Harvey Weinstein Is A Thin-Skinned Monster

12:29 PM 11/15/2017

Former magazine editor and "Morning Joe" frequenter Tina Brown is making the rounds about her new book: The Vanity Fair Diaries, 1983-1992. 

Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos addresses the media about the New Shepard rocket booster and Crew Capsule mockup at the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States April 5, 2017.  REUTERS/Isaiah J. Downing

WaPo Union Wants Bezos To Be A ‘Leader,’ Not A Loser — Or Else

3:12 PM 11/14/2017

Washington Post workers are hopping mad at the way tech billionaire owner Jeff Bezos is handling the latest round of contract negotiations. Leading up to a Wednesday meeting with lawyers, they are picketing Tuesday afternoon outside the company's HQ.

CNN's Brian Stelter accused President Donald Trump of lying Thursday.

We Watch CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ So You Don’t Have To (11-12-17)

10:30 PM 11/12/2017

In A Pretty Sunlit Living Room In Washington–Brace yourselves. It’s time for another episode of “We Watch CNN’s Reliable Sources” with your President Trump-hating host Brian Stelter so you don’t have to destroy your Sunday.

Donna Brazile (R) claps while US President Barack Obama (C) hugs Rep Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)before speaking to the Democratic National Committee at the Capital Hilton February 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama spoke about the 2014 midterm elections. AFP (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

What The Zuck? CNN Chief Trashes Donna Brazile, But His Hands Are As Dirty As The DNC’s

4:53 PM 11/08/2017

Last Thursday morning, CNN President Jeff Zucker went on his morning editorial conference call and urged his network to land former DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile, who is blasting open corruption at the DNC with the force of a water cannon with her new tell-all, Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D-NY) speaks about pending legislation regarding sexual assaults in the military at a Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 4, 2013.         REUTERS/Larry Downing

Sen. Gillibrand Said Opponent Made Her Look Like A ‘Crazed Witch’

3:58 PM 11/07/2017

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) often pops up in the pot of potential future presidential hopefuls.

U.S. President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia walk from Marine One to board Air Force One upon their departure from O'Hare Airport in Chicago April 7, 2016.    REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Malia Obama Makes ‘Rich & Fabulous’ Scion List

2:52 PM 11/07/2017

At long last, Malia Obama, the eldest Obama daughter, is getting some good press that doesn't involve partying, passing out, telling someone off or smoking dope.

Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images.

Anti-Harassment Rep’s Aide Harassed Women, Complaints Say

12:53 PM 11/07/2017

In a twist of irony, a Democratic congresswoman who made it her business to squash sexual harassment on Capitol Hill by drafting a bill, had a snarly situation right under her nose.

CNN screenshot.

We Watch CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ So You Don’t Have To (11-5-17)

12:33 PM 11/06/2017

On A Polka Dot Sofa Somewhere In The Midwest–If it’s Sunday, it’s time to watch another episode of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with the obviously biased, President Trump-hating host Brian Stelter.

Milo Yiannopoulos gestures fabulously (Photo Credit: YouTube screenshot/The Rubin Report)

Mercer Dumps Milo — ‘Severing All Ties’

2:29 PM 11/02/2017

Financier Bob Mercer is sharply distancing himself from Breitbart News and Steve Bannon. But the biggest news is that Mercer is taking an ax to his relationship with conservative bad boy Milo Yiannopoulos.

Meghan McCain, daughter of the Republican presidential candidate John McCain, speaks at a campaign rally at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio on October 19, 2008.    AFP PHOTO Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Meghan McCain’s Mystery Fiancé Once Had No Interest In Dating Her

11:13 AM 11/02/2017

The heart wants what it wants.

C-SPAN, screenshot.

Forbes Erases Seven Years Of A Columnist’s Work

6:15 PM 11/01/2017

What does a columnist have to do for a publication to ghost a writer?

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 03:  Donald Trump Jr. gives a thumbs-up after a get-out-the-vote rally for his father, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, at Ahern Manufacturing on November 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Trump Jr. urged people to vote for his father during early voting, which ends on November 4 in the battleground state, and on Election Day November 8.  (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

Morning Mirror: Don Jr. Mocked For Tweet About Daughter’s Halloween Candy

10:47 AM 11/01/2017

Quote of the Day:


WOW: Pimp For Axios And Win Lunch, An Embarrassing Tote Bag And A T-Shirt

7:52 AM 10/31/2017

Now this is some serious marketing.

Evening Mirror: Sarah Huckabee Sanders In The Hot Seat

8:23 PM 10/30/2017

Quote of the Day:

We Watch CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ So You Don’t Have To (10-29-17)

11:44 AM 10/30/2017

On A Polka Dot Sofa Somewhere In The Midwest–What’s red, white and blue and stuffed into a dark suit?

Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Trump Loyalist Roger Stone Will Take His War With Twitter To Court

4:42 PM 10/29/2017

President Trump whisperer Roger Stone says he'll march into court and sue Twitter after the platform booted him for taunting a couple of CNN anchors.

Political consultant Roger Stone speaks with media after meeting with US President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on December 6, 2016 in New York. EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images

THE LATEST: Twitter Has Still Not Reinstated Roger Stone

11:15 PM 10/28/2017

Twitter put President Trump whisperer Roger Stone in the doghouse this weekend for using a variety of expletives to insult a bunch of journalists, including CNN anchors Don Lemon and Jake Tapper. A number of publications such as Slate and The Hollywood Reporter and some individual reporters have declared that the medium had banned him forever. Some even gloated about it.