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.

Special Asst. To The Prez Pops Up At National Journal

Michael Gottlieb, associate White House counsel, special asst. to President Obama and NPR Ari Shapiro's husband, has joined Atlantic Media's National Journal

George Stephanopoulos Will Talk Trust And The Media At Tufts

9:47 AM 03/04/2015

ABC "This Week" host and GMA's George Stephanopoulos will soon take the hot seat at Tufts University, where he'll discuss a topic that's pretty murky for journalists these days.

Morning Mirror

9:45 AM 03/04/2015

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Rabbi Shmuley Needs New Glasses

9:48 PM 03/03/2015

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach may be suffering some sort of eye condition. That, or he truly doesn't know the difference between silken white-haired Newt Gingrich and perpetually suntanned Speaker John Boehner.

Bath Time

9:25 PM 03/03/2015

1. Media Matters wants a correction from the NYT...for its reporting about Hillary Clinton's email use as Secretary of State. Lefty Media Matters, an arm of the Democratic Party, claims Clinton didn't violate any law since it was only finalized in 2014. Why You Should Read It: Media Matters' defense of Hillary Clinton knows no bounds. Meanwhile, tsk. tsk. HuffPost writes up the ordeal and has to correct its story because it named Media Matters Prez Bradley Beychok as the author of the letter to the NYT Public Editor instead of Media Matters Chairman David Brock.

National Review’s Alaskan Cruise To Be A Hoot With Bachmann, Sununu And More

3:49 PM 03/03/2015

For just $2, 299 you, too, could party with National Review on their infamous cruise.

Texas Governor Rick Perry gestures as he speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa August 9, 2014. The Family Leader, a pro-family Iowa organization, is hosting the event in conjunction with national partners Family Research Council Action and Citizens United.? REUTERS/Brian Frank (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY) - RTR41TT1

WSJ WAS FIRST! Politico Playbook Brings Up The Rear On Rick Perry Hire

1:55 PM 03/03/2015

Politico Playbook proprietor Mike Allen is often cracking on WaPo for being late in its reportage.

PBS’ Gwen Ifill Throws A Bomb On Twitter

12:40 PM 03/03/2015

Longtime PBS "NewsHour" anchor Gwen Ifill is certainly no wallflower on Twitter.

Afternoon Mirror

12:12 PM 03/03/2015

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Defense One Hires Seasoned Deputy Editor

10:25 AM 03/03/2015

Bradley Peniston is trading one defense pub for another.

RNC Aide Gets Car Window Smashed

9:56 AM 03/03/2015

Could someone be trying to send RNC Deputy Press Secretary Raffi Williams a message?

The White House is seen covered by snow in Washington February 21, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Lefty White House Reporter Adds Lucky Facial Hair

5:38 PM 03/02/2015

As The Daily Banter's White House correspondent Tommy Christopher grows more disheveled by the day, it may just be a look that's working for him.

Wonkette Wins Mirror Award: She Decides Someone Else Is A Terrible Writer

5:12 PM 03/02/2015

This is incredibly rich.

Luke Russert Is Chivalrous (Just Ask Him)

12:37 PM 03/02/2015

PJMedia's Michelle Fields sure knows how to get a guy's goat. Late last week she released a leggy picture of herself sitting on the floor of CPAC and blamed all those "annoying MSM folks" for taking up all the chairs.

What’s Eating Joe Scarborough? Host Grows Testy After Saying He’s ‘Available’ To Moderate GOP Debates

12:03 PM 03/02/2015

Here's the thing, Joe Scarborough.

Morning Mirror

11:19 AM 03/02/2015
Quote of the Day: “Loving the sound of snow melting in DC, if only for a day.” – WaPo columnist Kathleen Parker. We love editors like this  “My Sunday column in which my editor let me use jackassery: The Mocking of Middle America.” — Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s Salena Zito. Read her story here. Among her points, this […]
Despite Mia Farrow and Woody Allen's attempts at sabotage by naming him

Even Ronan Farrow’s Mom Doesn’t Want Him On TV

4:46 PM 02/27/2015

It doesn't get much worse when your network strips you of your show and then your kooky mom goes on Twitter and says she'd prefer that you not be on TV either. To be fair, MSNBC is giving Ronan Farrow another role.

The Fashion Plates Of CPAC (Cat Calls Optional)

4:31 PM 02/27/2015

The idea of "fashion" at CPAC would be a loose interpretation of how fabric functions this week at the Marriott Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor. It's more like how little can I wear and how much flesh can I expose and still walk around upright with a deep sense of accomplishment that says, "Yes, I got dressed this morning."

EXCLUSIVE: Ed Schultz Goes To Trial

1:25 PM 02/27/2015

WASHINGTON -- Ed Schultz's lawyers royally screwed up, a D.C. District Court judge declared Friday at an "emergency" hearing made at the request of the MSNBC media personality. The judge denied a motion to seal public records they claimed were confidential. Despite publicly filing the documents, they argued they were confidential and that not filing a motion to seal them years ago was an "inadvertent" error.