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.

Mirror Hate Mail: Reader Will Ask A Priest To Pray For Me

It appears a reader is going to take his frustrations about me to a man of the cloth.

Want To Be An Extra On House Of Cards?

1:30 PM 05/29/2015

Looks like there may be serious competition this weekend in Annapolis at a casting call for extras for the popular Netflix series House of Cards.

BEWARE! Charles Johnson Is On The Warpath

12:56 PM 05/29/2015

If you've ever done anything to upset Charles C. Johnson, might want to lawyer up now. Or at the very least, make sure those skeletons you're hiding won't see the light of day.

That Time Politico Let Me Come To Their Internal Meeting

12:47 AM 05/29/2015

The prospect of Politico inviting me to an internal office meeting seemed about as likely as Washington Post race reporter Wesley Lowery inviting me to accompany him to a Baltimore protest.

National Journal Names Latina Woman To Head Diversity Project

3:26 PM 05/28/2015

National Journal has hired Juleyka Lantigua-Williams to be managing editor of The Next America, an "editorial venture" that explores "the political, economic and social impacts of profound demographic and cultural changes facing the United States today."

New York Press Club Scoffs At De Blasio’s Supposedly Dumb Idea Of Free Speech

3:14 PM 05/28/2015

Reporters are often cordoned off at events. The idea being to keep them controlled and contained. Any journalist who has been to Washington party Nazi Tammy Haddad's garden brunch knows what that's like -- she ropes off reporters in a pen, like zoo animals, before you enter the home. Once inside, everything is supposed to be off the record.

Morning Mirror

8:15 AM 05/28/2015

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Interviewer Can’t Stop Laughing When Charles Johnson Talks About Porn

10:32 PM 05/27/2015

Milo Yiannopolis, a British born self-published poet and weekly columnist for Breitbart News, interviewed Twitter outlaw Charles C. Johnson by video for a full hour and five minutes.

Gawker Media, Writers Guild Of America Head Straight To Secret Ballot

3:44 PM 05/27/2015

Gawker Media, a company that prides itself on marching to its own drummer, will do just that with it's upcoming vote to unionize on June 3. They're bypassing the National Labor Relations Board and heading straight for a secret ballot.

USA Today’s Mastio: A Sexist Tapper Trapper Caught in Bad Journalism

2:37 PM 05/27/2015

Just days after he was promoted to deputy editorial page editor, USA Today's David Mastio landed the national newspaper a bruised behind when his sloppy smear against a star CNN reporter backfired.

Morning Mirror

8:33 AM 05/27/2015

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Charles Johnson: CNN’s Carol Costello Is A ‘Dumb B**ch’

3:29 PM 05/26/2015

If Charles Johnson is going away, rest assured it won't be quietly.

BuzzFeed Or BuzzFake?

1:39 PM 05/26/2015

BuzzFeed has revolutionized the way reporters think. Yeah, there's something depressing about that. But the listicles -- a term that BuzzFeed itself forbids -- are addicting, which is why stories that you may think belong on the site may turn up elsewhere.

Jury Foreman’s Family Has Close Ties To A Defense Witness In The Ed Schultz Trial

12:44 PM 05/26/2015

The reasons for the plaintiff to appeal the verdict of the recent Ed Schultz trial are piling up. A seven-member jury took four hours last week to rule in favor of Schultz. Michael Queen, an NBC producer and sound engineer who works in NBC's Washington bureau, sued the MSNBC host for breach of partnership.

Morning Mirror

9:59 AM 05/26/2015

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie participates in a discussion during the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) February 26, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland. Conservative activists attended the annual political conference to discuss their agenda.  (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Chris Christie Flack Doesn’t Like Her Boss Being Characterized As A Media Bully

2:32 PM 05/22/2015

Nicole Sizemore, the appropriately named deputy press secretary for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, is so helpful. She reached out to The Mirror this afternoon to express her displeasure with the way I characterized her boss in a story about him cursing out the media for charity earlier in the week.

Who? Jenna Jameson. Working Title:

The Male Journalists Who Follow Jenna Jameson On Twitter Might Surprise You

1:38 PM 05/22/2015

TMZ founder Harvey Levin?

TV Anchor’s Husband Lobbies Congress After Wife Dies Of An Aneurysm

1:11 PM 05/22/2015

Todd Crawford has an air of determination in his voice, pragmatism even. To hear him talk about what he was doing on Capitol Hill last week, you might not know the extent of his pain.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at an event in Belmar two years after Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29, 2014 in Belmar, N.J. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

Christie Curses Out The NJ Press Corps — For Charity

11:26 AM 05/22/2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie prides himself on ridiculing the media. This is the same guy who once held a two-hour press conference to explain himself in regards to the Bridgegate scandal. He hadn't held a press conference in two months. It was like he was gorging on the media. Who did he think was going to scribble down his every word --- non-reporters?