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.

PolitiFact: Yes, The Atmosphere Could Deflate Balls

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady smiles after beating the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

There really is no such thing as overkill when it comes to talking about balls. Big balls. Small balls. Old balls. Squeezed and unsqueezed balls. In the last week, no stone has been unturned on the topic.

Reporter Finds Mystery Note Off Senate Floor

1:28 PM 01/29/2015

Congressional reporter Matt Laslo has quite the find today.

Grover Norquist’s Group Urges Politico Not To Unionize

12:44 PM 01/29/2015

The Center for Worker Freedom is "concerned" with labor reporter Mike Elk's plans to unionize Politico. So they're offering the suburban Virginia public outreach to educate employees on why not to be taken in by the cause that Elk plotted from the time he was hired last October.

BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief and moderator Ben Smith asks questions of entertainment executives during the University of Southern California's Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy Inaugural Symposium in Los Angeles, California September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA) - RTR38DFI

BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith: ‘I Wasn’t Above Kissing A Bit Of Ass’

12:12 PM 01/29/2015

It's not often that journalists actually admit to sucking up. It's almost always the case that they just do it -- like breathing -- and then they carry on like it's nothing.

IT’s WAR! CNN’s ‘New Day,’ MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ Go For The Jugular

11:33 AM 01/29/2015

The war between CNN's "New Day" and MSNBC's "Morning Joe" has been brewing for weeks. MSNBC's morning show declares itself better and more watched than CNN's. CNN, meanwhile, issued a release calling b.s. on that claim, followed up by an ad that screams: "SORRY JOE -- While you were leaning forward, we were leaning ahead."

90 year old Holocaust survivor Hy Abrams poses for a portrait with a book that he carries with him everyday that documents all the different concentration camps he was held in during the second World War, in the Brooklyn borough of New York January 15, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

HuffPost UK Issues Horrifying Correction On Holocaust Piece

10:59 AM 01/29/2015

A HuffPost UK story about the Holocaust made the rounds on social media Wednesday as an unsettling correction made readers do double takes.

Morning Mirror

10:12 AM 01/29/2015

Quote of the Day:

Memo to ‘The View’: The Other Rosie Needs To Go Too

4:47 PM 01/28/2015

Here's a case of who do you believe? A nameless, genderless ABC spokesperson for "The View" or Variety?

What’s With All These Dick Stories?

2:51 PM 01/28/2015

BuzzFeed really REALLY claims it's not about click-bait.

Andrew Sullivan Calls It Quits

1:28 PM 01/28/2015

Conservative blogger Andrew Sullivan is saying goodbye to blogging. He says it'll happen "in the near future" but he wanted to to let readers know before those auto-renewals come about.

5 Dumbest Tweets Of The Week: ‘I Really Love Ice Cubes’

11:48 AM 01/28/2015

And now for the dumbest part of our week... We've been collecting these for the past week and a half.

Separated at Birth: ABC ‘The View’ Co-Host Nicolle Wallace

11:09 AM 01/28/2015
Is she posing for catalogs?

Morning Mirror

9:04 AM 01/28/2015

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Hey WaPo, One Of Your Reporters May Need A Twitter Time-Out

10:09 PM 01/27/2015

No doubt Washington Post political reporter Philip Bump was trying to be funny Monday night when he went on Twitter and tried to be a combination engineer and public official.

Tamron Hall Says She’ll Avoid ‘Millionaire Matchmaker’

12:53 PM 01/27/2015

Tamron Hall, who has, in the past, been romantically linked to her MSNBC colleague Lawrence O'Donnell, insists she won't go on Bravo's "Millionaire Matchmaker." But it really seems like she could be persuaded.

RedState Blogger Asks: ‘Are Joe And Mika Married?’

11:55 AM 01/27/2015

This wouldn't be the first time that "Morning Joe's" Mika Brzezinksi and Joe Scarborough have been mistaken for married couple. They flirt. They bicker. They take sexy pictures on desks and are painted frolicking at the beach.

Donald Trump Entertains Possibility Of Replacing Meet The Press’ ‘Moron’ Host

11:05 AM 01/27/2015

Real estate mogul and presidential hopeful (wink! wink!) Donald Trump is living in a sort of dreamy fugue state. It's really hard to know if he's awake at this point or walking around like a zombie.

Betsy Fischer Martin Named Washington Editor Of MORE Magazine

9:56 AM 01/27/2015

MORE Magazine has a new Washington editor. It's Betsy Fischer Martin, former executive producer of NBC's "Meet the Press"  and managing editor of NBC News Political Programming. She's also the wife of NYT reporter Jonathan Martin.

Should A Pro-Union Reporter Be Allowed To Cover Labor?

4:26 PM 01/26/2015

Politico labor reporter Mike Elk is clear about his feelings about unions.