I'm not comfortable with the term battle-axe but in regards to Rosie, nothing more appropos comes to mind. I'd call a guy that if it fit too.
Rosie is a "pundit". She reminds me of a couple (at least) of media types. They want to be heard - fine - but generally couldn't get anyone to listen until they said fuck it and started writing a la Rosie - histronic, melodramatic, vulgar, tacky, cloying, snide, generalizing, personalizing and insensitive all at once. Their "serious" reputation as any type of journalist went into the toilet but it's a way to get attention and a name (and a column) if they dare to be obnoxious enough.
The MO is to speak for the general populace - the not-fancy, working class, common sense members of the public.
But, a Rosie-type "journalist" who writes Rosie-style is often hiding behind the public to grind their own axe.
They also want to be part of the inner circle real, real real bad. But seldom get there unless they've got dirt.
While they themselves write with hobnail boots on, these types are extremely - extremely, extremely, extremely - sensitive to criticism and will lash back like a buzz saw at any perceived criticism from their beloved reading public. Someone stings like a mosquito, a Rosie will come back with a sledgehammer and make it personal. Because she takes it personally.
They're susceptible to flattery - they don't get much and they yearn for it.
I don't know how to describe the type and not give offense but it is a type so here goes - comes on strong, but look at them cross-eyed at the wrong time and depending on the provocation they get weepy and self-pitying or else vicious. They're extremely sensitive - to themselves. They're coarse when it comes to others.
They're not mature, and they need attention and validation anyway they can get it.
Rosie wrote about Virtue/Moir prior to Vancouver. But the tone of her pieces on Virtue/Moir after Vancouver made me suspect Rosie had hoisted a few with the media pool and gotten wise to VM's actual status.
This interested me because Rosie will barrel around tipping over apple carts if she feels like it. I doubted she'd do an expose, but I could envision some heavy-handed Rosie games.
Then I read her post-China-gate Paen to Patrick, and Barb's swift appreciation for something Rosie has never been thanked for in her entire "journalistic" career. Her "sensitivity".
And I saw that Skate Canada had done what they do best - recognize who Rosie is and what she needs to keep everything in-house, and that it would be a good idea to suck up and co-opt her. Rosie is "in".
I'm interested to see how she writes about VM in the future. She plays outside the margins at times. Other writers, for example, are usually cautious and let us know they're describing Virtue and Moir's romantic status based upon what Virtue and Moir say themselves. "They say..." "But Virtue and Moir have always said..." - that type of thing. It's cover. Rosie never bothered with that, she dispensed with attribution and would just wade in and say they had been platonic since the day they met until this very second and no matter how gorgeous they are each has never so much as realized the other was the opposite sex, no never, not ever, and Rosie writes this as if Rosie'd independently verified it herself (I just figured she enjoyed beating "shippers over the head with her emphasis).
But - now I suspect Rosie knows the deal. And I'm curious if she will reiterate. If she does, without being careful to use attribution, she'll be lying. It'll be interesting to see where her lines are.