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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.

Tamron Hall Is Showing Off Some Strong Cleavage

Tamron Hall, Screen Grab MSNBC, 6-1-2016

MSNBC is showing off its Fox-y side with anchor Tamron Hall.


Joe Scarborough’s Son Suffers Traumatic Head Injury

12:45 PM 09/23/2016

MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough has been dealt a tough blow. His 25-year-old son, Andrew, fell down a flight of stairs and suffered a traumatic brain injury. He remains in at Bellevue Hospital.

Morning Mirror: ‘Hamburgler’ Attends Fancy D.C. Gala

10:48 AM 09/23/2016

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MSNBC’s Scarborough Pushes Back On CNN Report That He Met With Trump Last Week

7:16 AM 09/20/2016

MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough grew prickly late Monday about a CNN report claiming that he and co-host and work wife Mika Brzezinski met with Donald Trump at Trump Tower last week. The story claims they were there to "rekindle a once-rosy relationship" and hopefully get him to appear on the show.

The Mirror Questionnaire With Freddy Gray (No, Not THAT Freddie Gray)

10:00 PM 09/19/2016

Say hello to Freddy Gray, deputy editor of The Spectator. No, he's not the young black man who died under precarious circumstances in Baltimore in 2015, but the lily-white British journalist who works for The Spectator in London.

Photo credit: Shutterstock.

Reporting While Jewish: Male Reporters Get Called The K-Word

9:11 PM 09/19/2016

If you're Jewish and covering the 2016 presidential election, chances are high that the word "kike" will come your way.

Evening Mirror: John Dickerson Has Psychological Twitter Advice

6:13 PM 09/19/2016


Kerry Washington is pregnant
(Photo: Kris Connor/Getty Images)

Kerry Washington Says The Media Wants Trump To Win

1:02 PM 09/17/2016

Actress Kerry Washington may be drinking too much Kool-Aid in that fake oval office on the set of ABC's Scandal. Or maybe she really thinks she's Olivia Pope in real life?

Joe And Mika Hang Out After Hours

12:22 PM 09/17/2016

Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski may not be admitting that they're a couple yet, but it sure seems that way after hours.

Evening Mirror: Bannon Blamed For Trump’s Media Trickery

6:24 PM 09/16/2016

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Donald Trump and Melania Trump (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Black White House Reporter Says Her White Friends Are Upset About Trump Too

2:25 PM 09/16/2016

American Urban Radio White House correspondent April Ryan appeared on MSNBC Friday afternoon to discuss the aftermath of Donald Trump's non-birther press conference in Washington.

Fox News Channel anchor Sean Hannity poses for photographs as he sits on the set of his show

CNN Is Unconcerned By Hannity’s Threats To Sue The Network

1:22 PM 09/16/2016

CNN is unfazed by threats from FNC's Sean Hannity, who is considering suing the network and Brian Stelter for the latter host's claim that the Fox star wants Hillary Clinton dead.

Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the media after meeting with a group of black pastors at his office in the Manhattan borough of New York November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

HISSY FIT! Journalists ERASE Flattering Trump Footage To Protest Candidate

1:14 PM 09/16/2016

To exact revenge for Donald Trump's shoddy treatment of the media Thursday and Friday, some TV reporters are finally giving the presidential hopeful a taste of his own medicine.

Milo Yiannopoulos, Screen Grab YouTube, 5-27-2016

9 New Wildly Interesting Things To Learn About Milo Yiannopoulos

2:50 PM 09/15/2016

Breitbart News' most infamous tech editor is the subject of a new profile in Bloomberg Businessweek. Just when you didn't think there was anything new to know about Milo Yiannopoulos, there it is -- that time he earned $20K for sex, among other juicy details about him and his opulent life.

Afternoon Mirror: Journo Says Trump Is A ‘Fat Dog’

2:08 PM 09/15/2016

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Ana Marie Cox participates in the Guardian's

It’s Going To Be A Long Day For MTV’s Ana Marie Cox

1:02 PM 09/15/2016

Like many journalists these days, MTV's Ana Marie Cox Twitter feed is turning into a sewage pot of crazy after her Thursday morning appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."


THANK HIM FOR SMOKING: Ex-House Speaker John Boehner Joins Board Of Tobacco Company

11:44 AM 09/15/2016

Some ex-politicians go on to do great things when they leave Congress.

Presidential candidate Donald Trump visits his Scottish golf course Turnberry with his children Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump on July 30, 2015 in Ayr, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Dr. Oz Awkwardly Highlights Trump’s Kiss With Ivanka

3:13 PM 09/14/2016

In the awkward daytime TV moment of the week, Dr. Mehmet Oz complimented GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump for kissing his daughter Ivanka.

Television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz arrives to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Politico’s Capitol Bureau Chief Is Too Sophisticated To Know Who Dr. Oz Is

1:39 PM 09/14/2016

Politico's famed Capitol Hill Bureau Chief John Bresnahan is letting the world down.