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.

HBO’s ‘Newsroom’ Cracks On White House Correspondents’ Dinner

The White House Correspondents' Dinner is so embarrassing that it even gets a bad rap on HBO's "The Newsroom." Which, in turn, gets a rap bad for being such a bad show. Horribly, ACN anchor Will McAvoy, the anchor played by actor Jeff Daniels, has to eat all past criticisms he had of the WHCD and attend the gala at the Washington Hilton.

Excuse Me? That’s ‘BuzzFeed News’ To You

11:51 AM 11/24/2014

There's no question that the albatross hanging around BuzzFeed's neck is this notion that they want to be taken seriously and that they want to distinguish all that cat loving, LOL crap from their news division.

Morning Mirror

11:47 AM 11/24/2014

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OOPS! Reuters Jumps The Gun On Ferguson

5:10 PM 11/21/2014

Earlier today at 1:32 p.m., Reuters caused a real freakout for anyone waiting for the grand jury decision to come down in the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown. It's not like riots have been breaking out in the streets or anything as the impending decision mounts.

5 Dumbest Tweets Of The Week

2:21 PM 11/21/2014

And now for the dumbest part of our week...

Elizabeth Dole Dishes About Her Husband’s Hatred Of Mushrooms

1:20 PM 11/21/2014

Senators often get revealing only after they leave Congress.

SHOCKER: White House Aide To MSNBC

11:28 AM 11/21/2014

MSNBC: The place where ex-White House aides go to be unbiased.

Separated At Birth: NYT’s Jonathan Martin

10:23 AM 11/21/2014

Ever wonder what NYT's political reporter Jonathan Martin would look like with a thick mustache?

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Washington Still Warms To Bill Cosby

10:05 AM 11/21/2014

While the country, NBC, Netflix (and people who have all the time in the world to waste on Twitter) indict Bill Cosby for rapes he may or may not have committed, D.C.'s famed Ben's Chili Bowl doesn't care. If Cosby comes to town, the rich actor is eating there for free.

John McCain ’16? Breitbart News Sure Thinks So

3:57 PM 11/20/2014

Breitbart TV must be hallucinating. Hey, when you're watching that much MSNBC, it can happen. On Wednesday night Breitbart posted a story suggesting that 78-year-old Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) may be seriously pondering a White House run in 2016. He ran a failed campaign against then Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in 2008.

The Washington Times Has Some Serious Balls

12:50 PM 11/20/2014

This takes absurdity to a new level.

BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith Plays Dumb About Company Investors: ‘How Would We Even Know?’

11:56 AM 11/20/2014

BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith is not one to play dumb. So why is he?

Morning Mirror

10:01 AM 11/20/2014

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Gov. Christie to NYT’s Mark Leibovich: ‘Why Does Anyone Talk To You?’

8:50 PM 11/19/2014

NYT mag writer and This Town author Mark Leibovich appeared at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Upper Northwest Washington Monday night to discuss his new book, Citizens Of The Green Room: Profiles in Courage and Self-Delusion. The crowd wasn't as bloated as the one that swelled for This Town.

Evening Mirror

6:21 PM 11/19/2014

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The Mirror Questionnaire With Defense One’s D Briefer Gordon Lubold

4:16 PM 11/19/2014

Say hello to Defense One's senior military reporter Gordon Lubold, proprietor of The D Brief, a daily newsletter that aims to deliver the latest news, analysis, tidbits and inside scoops each morning to inboxes in Washington and around the globe.  Some may remember him at the helm of Politico's "Morning Defense" and more recently at Foreign Policy's "Situation Report." Defense One Editor Kevin Baron refers to his work as "candy."

INCEST DESK: Gayle King Gets In Spandex For CBS And Oprah Mag

11:03 AM 11/19/2014

One might ask, where are CBS This Morning host's Gayle King's true loyalties? With CBS's morning program or with her gal pal Oprah?

Cecily Strong attends the Michigan Avenue Magazine Spring Issue release celebration hosted by Cecily Strong at The Godfrey Hotel on March 12, 2014 in Chicago. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Michigan Avenue Magazine)

Comedian Selected For 2015 WHCA Dinner

9:44 AM 11/19/2014

Yes, it's that time again: when information starts seeping out about what some believe is Washington, D.C.'s most vile weekend of the year --- the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. No offense against the association. They put on this shitstorm for a good cause --- giving substantial scholarships to young people who want to be journalists. And the TIME-People party that delivers a 2,000-pound gift bag isn't so bad.

BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief and moderator Ben Smith asks questions of entertainment executives during the University of Southern California's Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy Inaugural Symposium in Los Angeles, California September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA) - RTR38DFI

BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith Dresses Badly (Also: That Dinner Was Not Off The Record)

4:12 PM 11/18/2014

Two big takeaways from the debacle concerning Ben Smith reporting that Uber Senior Veep Emil Michael wanted to hire an oppo team to investigate journalists' private lives.