Posts Tagged ‘Betsy Rothstein*’

The Needle: You Came to the Wrong Neighborhood

Pleasantville: At her new Daily Caller home, Betsy Rothstein gives a labored account of a long virtual feud between two D.C. journos, Eli Lake and Mike Elk. The highlights come when Lake says the whole town is laughing at Elk, to which Elk replies: "yeah but with the exception of Mt. Pleasant, I have always [...]

Wendy Gordon Calls FishbowlDC’s Work a “Sophomoric Form of Cyberbullying”

Wendy Gordon, the D.C. publicist who was the target of FishbowlDC's nasty "Wendy Wednesday " series,  has finally spoken out following her defamation lawsuit against the gossip blog, its parent company, its former editor Betsy Rothstein, and contributor Peter Ogburn. In an interview with the Washington Post's Erik Wemple, Gordon calls FishbowlDC's work—which portrayed her as a sex-crazed drunk—a "sophomoric [...]

Betsy Rothstein Finds a Home at the Daily Caller

Oh-so-briefly unemployed blogger Betsy Rothstein has found a new home for her acidic media coverage at the conservative Daily Caller, perhaps the only site that will allow her to attract more enemies than she did during her time running FishbowlDC.
Rothstein left her job as editor of the media gossip site last week (on her own accord, [...]

Meet Your New FishbowlDC Editor/Comedian

Local comedian and writer Patrick Tutwiler has been tapped as the new editor of FishbowlDC, the gossipy, Mediabistro-owned blog tracking the foibles and awkward tweets of D.C. journalists.  He hasn't responded to an interview request yet, but in the meantime, Washington City Paper found this recent video of Tutwiler's stand-up act, in which he self-identifies as a [...]

District Line Daily: D.C. and the Hunger Cliff

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One in four people are currently on food stamps in D.C., and when a five-year federal [...]

Betsy Rothstein Leaves FishbowlDC

The always irascible local media reporter Betsy Rothstein is out at FishbowlDC.
Rothstein tweeted Thursday morning that after three years at the site, she's leaving:
Whether raging waters or smooth sailing, my 3 years at FishbowlDC have been the perfect storm. Onto new adventures. Stay tuned...
— Betsy Rothstein (@betsyscribeindc) October 31, 2013
During her tenure at the media [...]

FishbowlDC Case Settled

The Fishbowl lawsuit is being settled.
"Parties settled and need time to work on the settlement agreement," a notice on the D.C. Superior Court's online docket says (as the Washington Post's Erik Wemple first reported earlier today).
City Desk was actually at the settlement meeting in front of Judge Thomas Motley in courtroom 212 this morning in D.C. Superior [...]

Witnesses in FishbowlDC Lawsuit Include Tucker Carlson and Emily Miller

The defamation suit against FishbowlDC is already shaping up to be a real-life Seinfeld finale, only instead of the Soup Nazi, the trial's witness list includes a number of local minor media personalities.
Lawyers for local publicist Wendy Gordon filed the suit back in January, alleging that FishbowlDC editor Betsy Rothstein and blogger Peter Ogburn "falsely depicted Ms. Gordon as [...]

FishbowlDC Lawsuit Opponents Really Don’t Want to See Each Other

The defamation lawsuit filed by Washington publicist Wendy Gordon against media gossip blog FishbowlDC  finally had a hearing in court this morning. Most of the arguments at the scheduling conference centered on how physically close the plaintiffs and defendants could stand to be to each other.
But first, because it's not the Fishbowl lawsuit without sexual [...]

The FishbowlDC Lawsuit Is a Work of Art

FishbowlDC editor Betsy Rothstein has many feuds, but perhaps her most inexplicable has been against publicist Wendy Gordon. Starting in 2011, Rothstein and Fishbowl blogger Peter Ogburn started "Wendy Wednesday," running pictures of Gordon with snarky comments.
Wendy Wednesdays got pretty ugly, with Fishbowl depicting Gordon as a sex-starved lush lurking around the Washington party circuit. The origins [...]

Fishbowl D.C. Even More Fishbowly Without Betsy Rothstein

Betsy Rothstein, the editor of media blog Fishbowl D.C., has a fondness for announcing that various women are tramps. But with Rothstein on vacation from Fishbowl this week, a surprising truth has come out: Rothstein is the least offensive person writing for her site.
First up is contributor Eddie Scarry, already an intriguing figure because of [...]

@FishbowlDC vs. @ABeaujon

Fishbowl D.C. editor (and former Washington City Paper cover subject) Betsy Rothstein and arts editor (and former City Paper managing editor) Andrew Beaujon matched up yesterday in a Twitter battle for the ages. Though since Beaujon and Rothstein wind up in Twitter spats nearly weekly, maybe it wasn't quite for the ages... but it [...]

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