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.

Pierson On Resigning: ‘The Media Has Made It Clear That This Is What They Expected’

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson is sworn in to testify at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson stepped down today, and as she did, she took a quick jab at the evil media.

Wesley Lowery

WaPo’s Wesley Lowery Makes It All About Him Again

3:40 PM 10/01/2014

Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery is growing more attractive by the day. And not just because he says pompous, snippy things like, "Well, I would invite Joe Scarborough to come down to Ferguson and get out of 30 Rock where he’s sitting sipping his Starbucks smugly. I invite him to come down here and talk to residents of Ferguson where I have been Monday afternoon having tear gas shot at me, rubber bullets shot at me, having mothers, daughter, a 19-year-old boy, crying, running to pull his 21-year-old sister out from a cloud of tear gas thinking she would die.”

Scissors cutting through brunette hair. By Anthony Lee. Getty.

TV Hair Of The Day: Bloomberg News’ Washington Bureau Chief Jonathan Allen

11:58 AM 10/01/2014

Perhaps he was paying tribute to the late Rep. Jim Traficant (D-Ohio)?  Whatever the case, Bloomberg News' Washington Bureau Chief Jonathan Allen's locks were a real standout on cable news Tuesday.

USA, Washington DC, Capitol building at dusk; By Getty

Politico’s List Of Bad Things: White House Security Breaches, Ebola, And Dems Losing Senate

11:12 AM 10/01/2014

Politico's appears to have an affinity for Democrats.

By Getty

Morning Oopsies: White House Not ‘White Horse’

9:11 AM 10/01/2014

A couple of errors to report this morning.

Morning Mirror

8:05 AM 10/01/2014

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The White House is seen at dusk in Washington, DC, September 30, 2013. (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

TPM Editor Questions Politico’s Editorial Judgment

7:46 AM 10/01/2014

Josh Marshall, editor-in-chief of the lefty Talking Points Memo, is wondering what the hell Politico was thinking in a story published in the magazine Tuesday. In a harsh essay condemning the Secret Service, Ron Kessler, author of The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidentscalls the culture of the agency "rotten." He also says President Obama's life is in danger. 

Rep. Elijah Cummings: ‘It Was Very Difficult To Sleep Last Night’

7:15 AM 10/01/2014

Better call in the sleep specialists. That, or fire Julia Pierson, head of the Secret Service who testified before the House Oversight Committee Tuesday, where Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) is ranking member.

Bath Time

6:54 PM 09/30/2014

1. BuzzFeed's Ben Smith dismisses notion of another Mitt Romney presidential run... A quick excerpt: “Wouldn’t it be truly pathetic if on his third time he doesn’t even win the nomination?” asked the former aide. “Then he does have the ‘L’ and he’s truly truly a diminished figure." See the full story here here.

Afternoon Mirror

1:07 PM 09/30/2014

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Ranking Member Leaves Hearing To Do MSNBC Hit

12:19 PM 09/30/2014

Wait. Doesn't the congressman have a hearing to attend?

White House Lets Erroneous Pool Report Slip Through

11:28 AM 09/30/2014

Somehow the White House Press Office only complains when reporters write details they don't want out there. But when they write factually incorrect details about what President Obama said that boost him? They've got no problem with that at all.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Figures Out PayPal

10:46 AM 09/30/2014

MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-host  Joe Scarborough is just a regular guy who reportedly reels in something like $99,000 a week.

Let’s Play ‘Where’s Waldo’: White House Fedora Edition

4:42 PM 09/29/2014

Today we point out some of our favorite characters within the White House Press Corps. Some we know. Some we just think we've seen before. Some are complete trouble. Think of it as Washington, D.C.'s own Wack Pack.

Bath Time

4:36 PM 09/29/2014

1. Sally Quinn talks about her husband's dementia on C-SPAN... Candid as ever, WaPo's Sally Quinn let's the public in on Ben Bradlee's declining condition. Suffering with dementia, the 93-year-old sleeps 20 hours a day and is now in hospice. Why you should read it: Like everything these days, lots of oversharing. Quinn calls caring for him "sacred." That's lovely. She says they still spend quality time together. Still lovely. And then: "I still have him sleeping in the bed with me," she said. Whoa! And yes, we'll be hearing about all this and more in her memoir. Read and watch here.

With All Due Respect, Let’s Hope Bloomberg Politics’ Launch Party Is Worth Attending

2:01 PM 09/29/2014

Bloomberg Politics is hosting a launch party to debut the powerful duo that is John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. Heilemann and Halperin will debut their new daily program "With All Due Respect" -- a name coined by NBC "TODAY Show" host Savannah Guthrie.

Goldie Taylor Is Out At MSNBC

12:38 PM 09/29/2014

Interns at Mediaite can breathe a big sigh of relief today. Gold Taylor, an MSNBC contributor, has announced she's on the outs with the network. This morning she announced her departure, but did not indicate why she and the network are parting ways.

Morning Mirror

8:53 AM 09/29/2014

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Buzzfeed employees work at the company's headquarters in New York January 9, 2014. BuzzFeed has come a long way from cat lists. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

BuzzFeed Erases Story (Initially With No Explanation)

8:51 AM 09/29/2014

Hoaxes are a dime a dozen on the Internet.