Betsy Rothstein
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.

Afternoon Mirror

Quote of the Day:

Who Said It? Wesley Lowery Or Charles Johnson?

2:19 PM 12/17/2014

Life online can be so tough for WaPo's self-absorbed Wesley Lowery and GotNews' instigating villain Charles Johnson.

Buzzfeed employees work at the company's headquarters in New York January 9, 2014. BuzzFeed has come a long way from cat lists. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

BuzzFeed Still Refuses To Disclose Ties To Uber Competitors

12:15 PM 12/17/2014

Fine, one time may be an unintentional oversight.

Kathie Lee Gifford: I Drank Cosby’s Cappuccinos Every Night And Didn’t Get Drugged

11:26 AM 12/17/2014

NBC "TODAY" show host Kathie Lee Gifford has joined the nearly two dozen women who have claimed that Bill Cosby made a pass at them, or worse, drugged and raped them.

OUCH! Dating Site Rejects Poor People

11:07 AM 12/17/2014

LUXY, a dating app for the rich, is trying to stir up trouble by blocking registrants from "poor countries" like India, China and African countries. In fact, over the past three weeks, the site's PR team boasts that they've rejected 6,000 poor people from 190 countries.

Afternoon Mirror

3:59 PM 12/16/2014

Quote of the Day:

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Gets Crucified For Big Butt Song Joke

3:21 PM 12/16/2014

Is CNN's Wolf Blitzer forgetting his own GOP base jokes?

Charles Johnson Comes Clean About Floor Shi**ing Incident

1:52 PM 12/16/2014

GotNews editor-in-chief Charles Johnson has come forward to explain a really shitty situation.

Donald Trump Teases Audience With Presidential Aspirations

11:41 PM 12/15/2014

Donald Trump charmed hundreds of suits Monday night at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Washington. It was the "Winter Dinner" for The Economic Club of Washington, D.C. Wearing a dark suit, one of his own Trump-branded blue striped ties and the infamous bird's nest hairdo, he sat for an on-stage interview with club president David Rubenstein, who he periodically showered with compliments.

Rusty Clark, Flickr.

NYT’s David Carr Approves Of Publishing Directions To Darren Wilson’s Home

4:38 PM 12/15/2014

If The Washington Post employees jump off a bridge should everyone else follow suit?

The Mirror Questionnaire With Possible Future Congressman Charles Johnson

3:01 PM 12/15/2014

Stranger things have happened. But perhaps the oddest turn of events that could arise involving the ginger-haired villain journalist Charles C. Johnson is that he may one day run for Congress.

Hey Lloyd Grove, Moe Tkacik Is Still Not A Man

11:31 AM 12/15/2014

Freelance writer Moe Tkacik has long been confused for a man, despite her long, silky blonde hair. Formerly a blogger for Washington City Paper, a WSJ reporter and Jezebel alum, Tkacik was once again taken for a male in a weekend profile of Gawker's Nick Denton by The Daily Beast's Lloyd Grove.

Morning Mirror

10:55 AM 12/15/2014

Quote of the Day:

Commentator Glenn Beck arrives at the 45th Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee November 9, 2011. REUTERS/Harrison McClary (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT MEDIA) - RTR2TSW6

REVEALED! What Really Happened To TheBlaze’ Media Blogger

9:56 PM 12/11/2014

After Washington Examiner media writer Eddie Scarry wrote about what conservative journalists think of GotNews' Charles Johnson this week, Johnson fired back with a threat to sue him and a question. He wanted to expose how Scarry left a previous job at TheBlaze.

Whoopi Goldberg as the Genie from

Did Whoopi Rip A Massive Fart On ‘The View’ Today?

4:43 PM 12/11/2014

ABC The View's Whoopi Goldberg's first name is increasingly becoming synonymous with her abilities to fart on TV. This was no whoopee cushion -- this was Whoopi breaking wind while the other women whooped and hollered.

By Flickr, Jeanny, received Flickr Award.

News That May Make You Want To Vomit

2:29 PM 12/11/2014

Being self-promotional is one thing. But seriously or even playfully praising yourself when you've somehow managed to land on Politico Chief White House correspondent Mike Allen's radar and wind up in Politico Playbook is a whole other level of awfulness.

Charles Johnson Plans Libel Lawsuit Jihad On Media

12:38 PM 12/11/2014

It's raining Charles Johnson in the media these days. Despite how exhausting that all is, he couldn't be more thrilled about all the attention and page views coming his way at GotNews, a site that promises a fearless, f--k you style of reporting.

Politico National Editor Calls Cheney A War Criminal

11:00 PM 12/10/2014

Opinion is sometimes called for in journalism. That is, if you work for the opinion pages or maybe a liberal or conservative rag.

BuzzFeed employees work at the company's headquarters in New York Jan. 9, 2014. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

BuzzFeed Diversity Program Rejects White Journalist

4:08 PM 12/10/2014

It's a sad, sad day for white Washington freelancer Evan Gahr.