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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.

Today’s Trump Pooler Has Lost His Damn Mind

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In a word: OINK!

Somebody Is Floating Martosko As Trump’s Press Secretary

4:37 PM 11/16/2016

Daily Mail's U.S. Editor David Martosko has been bandied about for White House press secretary.

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Obama’s Fmr. Speechwriter: Obama Was ‘Wrong’ When He Went Behind Press’s Back

11:20 AM 11/16/2016

As the media pitches a huge fit over President-elect Donald Trump dining out at 21 Tuesday night without informing them, Jon Favreau, former speechwriter to President Obama, says Obama did it, too.

Protesters block the entrance to Trump Tower in Manhattan before being arrested on August 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Reporters Shout At Trump’s Transition Team, Wonder Why They’re Not Treated Better

10:51 AM 11/16/2016

Reporters covering Donald Trump and his transition team are not learning any lessons after the President-elect dined and ditched them Tuesday night.

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White House Correspondents’ Association Prez Dings Trump For Ditching Press

10:23 AM 11/16/2016

Reporters are appalled that President-elect Donald Trump isn't treating them like royalty. Or even the garbage he often depicted them as on the campaign trail.

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 20:  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) delivers a speech on the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Sen. Ted Cruz Spotted In Trump Tower

5:14 PM 11/15/2016

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) -- a.k.a. "Lyin' Ted" -- was spotted visiting Trump Tower on Tuesday.

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Clinton Campaign Rejected Montel As Surrogate: Can You Guess Why?

4:35 PM 11/15/2016

Ex-show host Montel Williams might be licking his wounds right about now.

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Breitbart Editor Defends Steve Bannon In Biting CNN Interview

12:10 PM 11/15/2016

Washington publicist Kurt Bardella took the high road Monday night after being on the receiving end of a vicious tirade from Breitbart Editor-at-Large Joel Pollak.

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CNN’s S.E. Cupp To Online Troll: ‘You’re Right. I’m Totally A Dude’

11:11 AM 11/15/2016

Be it their words, weight or looks, TV journalists get a lot of online crap.

Fame Site Ridicules Melania In Every Way Possible

11:51 AM 11/14/2016

In a new listicle on Guest of a Guest, Melania Trump, the nation's incoming first lady, is portrayed in the worst light possible.

Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner (Credit: Sky Cinema/Flickr)

‘Weiner’ Filmmaker Says Weiner Is More Than A Perverted Caricature

10:34 AM 11/14/2016

Ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Schlongsville) seems to love all forms of cinematography.

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CNN’s Ana Navarro Spends Her Weekend Crying

11:19 AM 11/13/2016

If she's not careful, CNN political commentator Ana Navarro may wind up in President-elect Donald Trump's Rosie O'Donnell category.

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President-Elect Trump Mocks NYT On Twitter After Paper Congratulates Itself

10:52 AM 11/13/2016

President-Elect Donald Trump's transition team has not found a way to hide his phone.

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IJR’s Benny Johnson Sticks It To BuzzFeed

2:15 PM 11/11/2016

In the summer of 2014, BuzzFeed fired Benny Johnson for plagiarism. After reviewing 500 of the reporter's posts, Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith announced that 41 had been copied from other sites. That same year, BuzzFeed  admitted to secretly deleting nearly 5,000 posts, which was reported by the now defunct Gawker.

Afternoon Mirror: The Darkness Sets In For Many Journalists

3:22 PM 11/09/2016

Quote of the Day:

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HuffPost Eats Crow On Its Idiotic Editor’s Note

2:33 PM 11/09/2016

For much of the 2016 presidential election, The Huffington Post put Donald Trump's candidacy on the level of Kim Kardashian's ass.

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It’s 2 a.m. Do You Know Who Your Next President Is?

2:40 AM 11/09/2016

Here is how the nation's popular news sites handled Donald Trump's inevitable and impending win between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Wednesday. At 2:39 a.m. Hillary Clinton phoned Trump to concede the race.

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Rosie O’Donnell Shifts From Calling Trump An ‘Orange Anus’ To Serious Prayer

12:24 AM 11/09/2016

In late September, Donald Trump's archnemesis Rosie O'Donnell was calling him an "orange anus."

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts before boarding her campaign plane at Miami international airport in Miami, Florida, U.S., October 26, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo

New York Times Writes Hillary Erotica [VIDEO]

9:41 PM 11/08/2016

If Michael Barbaro ever wants to leave the New York Times, the Yale graduate may have a future in porn.

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HOLY SH*T: Politico Is Literally Full Of Crap

4:37 PM 11/08/2016

Readers may not give two shits about this, but it's election day and there's sewage leaking into Politico's newsroom.