A Literal Democratic Operative with a Byline

I’ve read the above line plenty of times at Instapundit, and Reynolds & Co. use the phrase to point out the many examples of liberal, left-wing bias. In the case of DDID journalist Janell Ross, it is literally true.

Washington Post reporter Janell Ross gave a presentation at a secretive California gathering where Democratic politicians, liberal activists, and their biggest donors plotted the future of the progressive movement without notifying her superiors that she would be attending, according to a Post spokesman.

The Democracy Alliance went to great lengths to keep the identities of its members and guests confidential at its fall investment conference last week at the La Costa Resort, but the Washington Free Beacon obtained a detailed conference agenda that lists both events and featured guests.

Among them was Ross, a national reporter who closely covered the 2016 presidential campaign for the Washington Post and has since continued to cover the Trump administration.

Ross sat on a panel to assist conference-goers on the topic of “getting the economic narrative right” in future elections, according to the agenda, which can be viewed in full here.

To be clear, she wasn’t just an attendee, she was a panelist at the conference, a full-blown participant, and implicit in her participation is her agreement with and furtherance of the Democracy Alliance agenda. And as a panelist, she may well have been compensated for staying at a resort where the room rate is $579 per night.

When confronted on this by the Washington Free Beacon, she hid behind the skirts of the DDID PR department.

Ross told the Washington Free Beacon in a Monday email she was unable to answer questions on her appearance without clearance from the Washington Post‘s public relations team, to whom she reached out. Ross did not respond to numerous follow-up emails on Tuesday.

How did the PR flacks respond?

The Washington Post said it was unaware Ross was at the Democracy Alliance conference until the Washington Free Beacon asked whether she had permission to be there.

“We’ve only now learned about her participation in this event,” said a spokesperson.

The spokesperson added that Ross has been “reminded” that the paper “discourages” involvement in events that may be “perceived as partisan.”

“The Washington Post policy discourages participation in any activity that could be perceived as partisan,” the spokesperson said. “She has been reminded of that.”

Perceived as partisan? The Democracy Alliance is partisan, all the way down to Soros’ partisan bones.

Ross appears to have explained that she was there to discuss a book she is working on independently from the Washington Post.

“Our understanding is that she was there solely to discuss the subject of a book she is writing independently on economic inequality,” the spokesman said.

So either Ms. Ross was lying to the PR flack or the PR flack was lying to Brent Scher, who did some stellar reporting. Thank you, Ms. Ross, for making it so easy for us to identify you as a partisan hack.

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