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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.
Donald Trump Jr. is taking a beating in a new book by Michael Wolff. The spanking comes from former top White House aide Steve Bannon, who heads up Breitbart News after being fired from his 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue gig.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
In 2016, The National Enquirer published a story saying Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was murdered by a hooker. So why should anyone be surprised that the tabloid is trying to spread the rumor that NBC's Hoda Kotb is being scrapped for the fourth hour of the 'TODAY' Show?
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Hoda Kotb was front and center on the dark morning that NBC awkwardly announced the news that Matt Lauer was in a hot mess of trouble because of hanky panky at the office. She sat with Savannah Guthrie as they informed the world that Lauer was gone.
Maybe size doesn't matter.
The holidays are a time of giving and good cheer. Santa's sleigh bells and such.
Is ex-CBSer Charlie Rose the honey badger of sexual harassers?
"Young Turks" founder Cenk Uygur --- the fat media dude who got himself thrown off an American Airlines flight for acting like a loudmouth prima donna in an airport --- is now begging for forgiveness for blog posts he penned in his virgin blogger days in which he made sexually disparaging remarks about women.
I recall a time some years ago sitting around my newsroom. There was a collective, palpable hatred toward then-Politico writer Glenn Thrush for any number of reasons. The main one being that he was a liberal writer disguising himself as an objective reporter. But there were other vague reasons for people's disgust. He seemed like a slime ball. He talked weird. They didn't like his hat.
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is itching for a return to political life. Once accused and convicted of paying sex from a 17-year-old Moroccan call girl nicknamed "Ruby the Heart Stealer", voters might think his political life was left for dead. He was ordered to prison for a 7-year-stint. There was also the tax fraud debacle. The court declared him finito with politics for life.
Nowhere in the Bible does it say that a 29-year-old schoolteacher should have a dalliance with a 15-year-old boy. Somehow there is no cougar verse in the Scriptures.
On A King Size Bed In The Midwest – Last week, CNN “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter called Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) Al “Frankenspace.” So I was eager to watch this week’s performance.
If you're wondering why Meghan McCain has been absent from her seat on ABC's "The View" this week, she has a pretty good excuse: Wedding bells.
A rose by any other name might really smell sweeter at this point.
In a dramatic tweet Monday night -- or as dramatic as these things go -- CNN political analyst Ana Navarro stood shoulder to shoulder with the women of the #metoo movement.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is covered in Weinstein slime.
IJR appears to be doing some fall cleaning. The kind that involves bleach, not hand soap.
Former magazine editor and "Morning Joe" frequenter Tina Brown is making the rounds about her new book: The Vanity Fair Diaries, 1983-1992.