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.

Happy Thanksgiving, D–kface!

U.S. President Barack Obama is joined by his daughters, Sasha and Malia (R), as they all participate in the annual turkey pardoning ceremony marking the 67th presentation of the National Thanksgiving Turkey while in the White House in Washington, November 26, 2014.       REUTERS/Larry Downing   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANIMALS SOCIETY) - RTR4FQHT

Q: If you brawl or bicker with anyone this Thanksgiving who will it be and why?

My inspiration for this year's holiday question came from freelancer Evan Gahr. At Thanksgiving lunch this afternoon at the Harvard Club in Manhattan, he writes in to The Mirror about an impending fight he's going to have with his "dickface brother-in-law."

NYT Publishes Embarrassingly Long Thanksgiving Recipe Correction

10:39 PM 11/26/2014

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the NYT has issued what has to be among the most shameful corrections in awhile. Even author John McQuaid, who wrote Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat, felt pity for the pub.

Twitter Imposes Permanent Ban On Reporter And Then Wimps Out

8:05 PM 11/26/2014

GotNews' editor-in-chief Charles Johnson is tiring of Twitter's fickle ways.

USA - 2013 300 dpi Jeff Durham illustration of a couple splitting up so they can stay together. (Bay Area News Group/MCT via Getty Images)

NYT Chief White House Correspondent Disassociates Himself From Rest of Pub

9:31 PM 11/25/2014

The NYT is getting grief for publishing the home street name of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. To the point that NYT Chief White House correspondent Peter Baker wants some breathing room between himself and the reporters covering Ferguson, Mo.

Wesley Lowery

WaPo’s Wesley Lowery Once Again Trashes The Media

8:46 AM 11/25/2014

The pundits and apparently lesser media of the world ought to stand up and unite against WaPo's Wesley Lowery, who attacks them any chance he gets. Some may recall him speaking down to MSNBC's Joe Scarborough for not keeping it real and heading to Ferguson, like Lowery.

Morning Mirror

8:39 AM 11/25/2014

Quote of the Day:

Mark Steyn To D.C. Court For Defamation Hearing (You Won’t Want To Miss This)

5:15 PM 11/24/2014

If the defamation lawsuit against writer Mark Steyn keeps chugging forward toward the courtroom, grab the popcorn. It may be among the most crucial First Amendment cases to affect freedom of speech for decades to come. Not to mention entertaining as hell.

HBO’s ‘Newsroom’ Cracks On White House Correspondents’ Dinner

12:26 PM 11/24/2014

The White House Correspondents' Dinner is so embarrassing that it even gets a bad rap on HBO's "The Newsroom." Which, in turn, gets a rap bad for being such a bad show. Horribly, ACN anchor Will McAvoy, the anchor played by actor Jeff Daniels, has to eat all past criticisms he had of the WHCD and attend the gala at the Washington Hilton.

Excuse Me? That’s ‘BuzzFeed News’ To You

11:51 AM 11/24/2014

There's no question that the albatross hanging around BuzzFeed's neck is this notion that they want to be taken seriously and that they want to distinguish all that cat loving, LOL crap from their news division.

Morning Mirror

11:47 AM 11/24/2014

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OOPS! Reuters Jumps The Gun On Ferguson

5:10 PM 11/21/2014

Earlier today at 1:32 p.m., Reuters caused a real freakout for anyone waiting for the grand jury decision to come down in the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown. It's not like riots have been breaking out in the streets or anything as the impending decision mounts.

5 Dumbest Tweets Of The Week

2:21 PM 11/21/2014

And now for the dumbest part of our week...

Elizabeth Dole Dishes About Her Husband’s Hatred Of Mushrooms

1:20 PM 11/21/2014

Senators often get revealing only after they leave Congress.

SHOCKER: White House Aide To MSNBC

11:28 AM 11/21/2014

MSNBC: The place where ex-White House aides go to be unbiased.

Separated At Birth: NYT’s Jonathan Martin

10:23 AM 11/21/2014

Ever wonder what NYT's political reporter Jonathan Martin would look like with a thick mustache?

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Washington Still Warms To Bill Cosby

10:05 AM 11/21/2014

While the country, NBC, Netflix (and people who have all the time in the world to waste on Twitter) indict Bill Cosby for rapes he may or may not have committed, D.C.'s famed Ben's Chili Bowl doesn't care. If Cosby comes to town, the rich actor is eating there for free.

John McCain ’16? Breitbart News Sure Thinks So

3:57 PM 11/20/2014

Breitbart TV must be hallucinating. Hey, when you're watching that much MSNBC, it can happen. On Wednesday night Breitbart posted a story suggesting that 78-year-old Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) may be seriously pondering a White House run in 2016. He ran a failed campaign against then Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in 2008.

The Washington Times Has Some Serious Balls

12:50 PM 11/20/2014

This takes absurdity to a new level.

BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith Plays Dumb About Company Investors: ‘How Would We Even Know?’

11:56 AM 11/20/2014

BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith is not one to play dumb. So why is he?