The Washington Post quietly put a reporter on leave after the Washington Free Beacon discovered her attendance at a secretive meeting of the Democracy Alliance, a liberal donor club where members are directed to spend at least $200,000 a piece to advance progressive causes, CNN reported on Thursday.
Janell Ross, a national political reporter who covered the 2016 presidential election for the Post, appears to have initially been put on leave last November after the Free Beacon revealed documents showing she gave a presentation to the Democracy Alliance’s fall investment conference, “Beyond #Resistance: Reclaiming Our Progressive Future.” Ross briefed the donor conference, attended by liberal billionaires such as George Soros, on “getting the economic narrative right,” according to conference documents.
The Post said on Nov. 21 that it first learned about Ross’s attendance at the conference from the Free Beacon, and it “reminded” Ross that the paper “discourages participation in any activity that could be perceived as partisan.” It also attempted to excuse actions taken by Ross, saying its “understanding is that she was there solely to discuss the subject of a book she is writing independently on economic inequality.”
The paper refused to answer whether any disciplinary action was being taken against Ross.
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