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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.

Bath Time

Goldie Taylor is traumatized... A new alleged rape victim at Spelman College has stirred up tough feelings for Goldie Taylor, a former contributor to MSNBC and Blue Nation Review. Taylor explained that she waited 30 years to come forward with her story."I don’t know your name," she wrote in The Daily Beast. He was a high school football coach while she was a 16-year-old varsity cheerleader. "If I saw you on the street, I would not recognize you. But, if I’m being honest with myself, I will admit that it is your face that I see in the mirror each morning. Your name is mine: Survivor." Read the whole thing here.

With Trump’s Win, WaPo’s Dana Milbank Prepares To Literally Eat His Column

4:55 PM 05/04/2016

WaPo columnist Dana Milbank said last year that if Donald Trump won the GOP nomination he'd eat a page of his newspaper column. He asked readers to send him recipes for what would go well with newsprint. He sought chefs. He got fancy recipes. This will make it the first time anyone has ever consumed an entire Dana Milbank column.

Hillary Clinton carries hot sauce in her purse

Hillary Clinton Pimps Out Conservative Journos In Wake Of Donald Trump’s Win

4:13 PM 05/04/2016

Who thought this day would come?

Washington Examiner’s Managing Editor Leaves The GOP. How Can He Possibly Manage His Newsroom?

11:55 AM 05/04/2016

Washington Examiner's Editorial Director Hugo Gurdon insists that news coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign will remain unbiased. This, despite the fact that the publication's Managing Editor Philip Klein, who runs the newsroom, announced last night that he has left the Republican Party.

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Facebook ‘News Curators’ Show Bias Toward ‘Preferred Media Outlets’

4:56 PM 05/03/2016

Revelations at how Facebook news curators pick the media outlets they feature have some journalists hot under the collar.


MSNBC’s Tamron Hall Shows Off Her Bellybutton

3:37 PM 05/03/2016

In the Mirror's latest edition of "TV Attire: Fab or Fug," we once again feature MSNBC's Tamron Hall.

Afternoon Mirror

1:54 PM 05/03/2016

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Picture c/o Pearson's Facebook page.

Teenage Journo Faces Hearing: School Wants To Throw Him Out [VIDEO]

11:46 AM 05/03/2016

CJ Pearson, the teenage political activist turned journalist who falsely claimed that President Obama blocked him on Twitter, is in the spotlight again. This time for a harder reason: his school wants to expel him.

Montel Williams’s Political Director Fell Asleep On The Job

12:46 PM 05/02/2016

Wait...Montel Williams has a political director?

Separated At Birth: Gregory Beyer (A HuffPost Editor You’ve Never Heard Of)

11:19 AM 05/02/2016

Gregory Beyer is the deputy features editor at HuffPost. He was at the center of a recent flub in which his superiors discovered that he was instructing a reporter to stay away from a story in the NYT about an Uber driver who snoozed while his passenger led police on a high-speed chase. Beyer thought the site was partnering with Uber in a drowsy driving campaign. He claims he wasn't trying to block negative coverage. He apologized to his boss Arianna Huffington -- who now sits on Uber's board -- and to coworkers in an open email thread.

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Erick Erickson Foolishly Blames Media For Trump

11:04 AM 05/02/2016

A little late to this argument wouldn't you say?

Morning Mirror

9:48 AM 05/02/2016

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Southern Poverty Law Center Slaps Breitbart News With Racist Charge

3:58 PM 04/29/2016

The Southern Poverty Law Center monitors hate groups and other extremists like the KKK, skinheads and anti-government militias. So what are they doing investigating Breitbart News?

By Getty's Nelson Barnard.

Anderson Cooper Sniffs Mario Batali’s Croc

2:10 PM 04/29/2016

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and "The Chew's" Mario Batali had a score to settle Friday. It involved the smell of the chef's bright orange Crocs. Cooper appeared on "The Chew" to discuss his lack of cooking skills -- he eats oatmeal for breakfast and a burrito for dinner -- and his new book, The Rainbow Comes and Goes.

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Drunk Ohio Man Asks Cop To Find His Lost Marijuana [VIDEO]

12:17 PM 04/29/2016

AKRON, Ohio -- It's been a tough week for Dennis Wagner.

Morning Mirror

9:06 AM 04/29/2016

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Boehner Embraces His Phallic Surname

5:36 PM 04/28/2016

Former House Speaker John Boehner was incredibly relaxed Wednesday night as he joked about his last name and called Ted Cruz a "miserable son of a bitch" and "Lucifer in the flesh."

Bath Time

4:42 PM 04/28/2016

"Morning Joe" smugness about Trump gets unbearable... Washington Free Beacon's David Rutz has had it with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski's bragging that they were the only journalists on the planet to see Donald Trump's success long before the rest of the universe. Rutz points out that the media pair didn't necessarily predict The Donald's success. He lists a whole bunch of soundbites from the last few months. A sampling: "We saw it coming." "We got it right." And the most obnoxious of all: “We just can actually look at the Earth and see that the Sun goes down and that it’s actually not flat.” The accompanying music is perfection. Watch the video that will make you want to throw up here.

Glenn Beck, Screen Shot The Blaze TV, 3-16-2016

The Split Was So Amicable, Glenn Beck Can’t Even Say His Editor-In-Chief’s Name

2:49 PM 04/28/2016

Glenn Beck's blood is allegedly boiling over reports that TheBlaze's departing Editor-in-Chief Scott Baker didn't leave under peaceful circumstances. Please keep in mind, he never says he didn't fire his editor-in-chief.