Betsy Rothstein announced on Twitter Thursday morning that she was leaving FishbowlDC, the MediaBistro-owned site that covers media in Washington, D.C.
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
Rothstein occupied a unique place in the Washington media ecosystem. She joined Fishbowl in December 2009 and battled with reporters (including me), editors and publicists in her blog and on Twitter. Her blog’s relentless campaign against one publicist, Wendy Gordon, earned Fishbowl a libel suit, one that was reportedly settled earlier this month.
Wonkette reported in August that Rothstein had been fired, a report Mediabistro VP Chris Ariens denied in a phone call to Poynter. “I wanted it to be true,” the site’s Rebecca Schoenkopf told Erik Wemple.
On Fishbowl Thursday morning, Rothstein’s morning roundup was preceded by a list of what she referred to as the “FishbowlDC Fan Club Board,” naming several people with whom she’s experienced friction in the past, including Gene Weingarten, Schoenkopf (whose name she misspells) and Dave Weigel.
Rothstein did not reply to a query from Poynter as to her future employment. “I need to go out to the desert and meditate for a while and see what I should do next,,” she told Dylan Byers. Mediabistro has not yet commented on who might take over FishbowlDC. Previous occupants of that chair include Politico reporter Patrick Gavin and Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff.