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.

HBO’s ‘Last Week Tonight’ Web Producer Thinks Twice About Insulting Dead Mayor

Looks like Josh Gondelman, web producer for HBO's "Last Week Tonight" with John Oliver, had a brief come to Jesus moment.

Jonathan Chait Does Not Want A Republican Marrying His Daughter

2:30 PM 10/30/2014

New York mag's Jonathan Chait has all but sealed his daughter's fate to marry a major right winger.

Joe Scarborough Poses With His Truck In Orange Pants

9:11 AM 10/30/2014

Yeah. It's pretty ridiculous. But too ridiculous not to show you.

Confused Young Man Frowning. By Getty.

The AP Finally Gets The Stick Out Of Its Butt

9:11 AM 10/30/2014

Late Wednesday night the AP decided to show off a man's buttocks.

Morning Mirror

9:10 AM 10/30/2014

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Reporters Carl Bernstein (L) and Bob Woodward leave the podium after giving their eulogies for former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee during Bradlee's funeral service at the Washington Cathedral October 29, 2014. Bradlee, the hard-driving editor who reigned over the Washington Post with the style of a well-dressed swashbuckler and the profane vocabulary of a dockworker as the newspaper helped topple President Richard Nixon, died on October 21 aged 93. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: OBITUARY MEDIA POLITICS) - RTR4C2EA

Ben Bradlee’s Funeral: G-Rated Until The D–khead Jokes

5:12 PM 10/29/2014

What's a Ben Bradlee funeral without multiple mentions of his use of the word "d--khead?"

Young couple wearing rings hand in hand. By Getty.

PBS To Bring Pages Of The Atlantic To TV

1:55 PM 10/29/2014

A brand new partnership between PBS and The Atlantic will bring the magazine to the boob tube. They're describing it as a "broadcast adaptation" of Atlantic reporting.

Morning Mirror

8:33 AM 10/29/2014

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The Cuisine That NYDN Won’t Touch With A 10-Ft. Drumstick

3:54 PM 10/28/2014

The New York Daily News published a story today on the incredibly shrinking MSNBC host Al Sharpton. It involved Sharpton's dramatic weight loss over the past 15 years. Today he weighs a shockingly skinny, nearly emaciated 129 pounds.

WaPo’s Wesley Lowery Wants To Date Jennifer Lawrence

12:59 PM 10/28/2014

Chris Martin and Jennifer Lawrence just broke up. So naturally the beautiful Oscar award-winning actress is looking to hook up with a reporter who got "arrested" in a McDonald's in Ferguson, Mo.

Ben Bradlee’s Funeral: ‘This Town’ Style

11:48 AM 10/28/2014

Is it ever going to not be tacky to "cover" Washington funerals?

Morning Mirror

8:53 AM 10/28/2014

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Kirstie Alley Makes CNN’s Jake Tapper An Extremely Intriguing Offer

10:51 PM 10/27/2014

It's not as if TV people don't make a good living.

Bath Time

4:44 PM 10/27/2014

1. Larry King's Twittergasm... Mini skirts, Chinese cashew chicken, tractor and Rosie O'Donnell -- these were a few of many topics that ex-CNNer Larry King brought up on Twitter Sunday night. He's got a point on admiring firefighters, but being happy that Rosie is back on ABC's "The View?" This is how we know he's crazy. BuzzFeed has the full report.

School Prayers. By Getty.

Politico Tries to Redeem Itself After BP Oil Publishing Disaster

3:42 PM 10/27/2014

Sunday is a perfect day for redemption. It's the day Politico tried to change the perception of the disastrous BP story published last week in Politico Magazine by publishing a counter piece by Kara Lankford. They stuck this one in their once abandoned "In the Arena" section.

Is Nate Silver Worthy Of A Shout-Out In A NYT Advice Column?

2:16 PM 10/27/2014

ESPN's Nate Silver, editor of the FiveThirtyEight blog, is known in D.C.-NYC media circles. But is he in the nationwide zeitgeist?

CNN ‘Reliable Sources’ Had 11 Black Guests In 6 Months

1:36 PM 10/27/2014
This certainly won't improve relations with black groups

ABC ‘This Week’ Scratches In D.C. For Second Week In a Row, Fox Takes Number 1

12:58 PM 10/27/2014

For the first time since NBC "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd took the helm of the flagship program, "Fox News Sunday" beat them in the Washington, D.C. demo. "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace delivered 12,000 viewers in the demo (ages 25-54) while "Meet the Press" reeled in 9,000. The last time FNS beat MTP was in late July when then-host David Gregory was hosting one of his final programs.

House Speaker John Boehner talks to reporters during his meeting with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington June 11, 2014. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas)

Politico Reporter Tells Speaker Boehner’s Flack To ‘Shut Up’

12:22 PM 10/27/2014

Longtime Capitol Hill reporter John Bresnahan may have blocked me on Twitter. But that only means that I will make it a point to purposely peruse his feed every so often so see what kind of mischief he's up to.