If anybody is still wondering why many people refused to take the Washington Post’ bombshell reporting on Roy Moore at face value, here’s a golden reminder (because apparently WaPo’s history of publishing utter falsehoods wasn’t enough).
The Washington Free Beacon reports that WaPo’s Janell Ross — a supposed hard news reporter — delivered an expressly ideological presentation at a private California event for progressive donors and activists organized by the leftist group Democracy Alliance:
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.
Ross, whose panel was sandwiched by a talk with liberal billionaire George Soros and a message by Democratic senator Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) on Russian interference in the 2016 election, helped attendees explore questions such as: “What do progressives stand for?”
“In this panel discussion, developed by the DA’s Inclusive Economy Fund, we pose some fundamental questions, including: What do progressives stand for? How do we grapple with the tough issues? What story are we trying to tell and how does it play out in communities across the country? How do we translate what the polls and research tell us into the compelling narratives that will build the public will to reorient our economy and combat inequality?”
The panel was framed in the agenda as a response to the 2016 election, in which Democrats were criticized for failing to understand the economic concerns in areas of the country carried by President Trump.
“Progressives were knocked flat in 2016, but in our scramble to understand and react to what happened, we run the risk of forcing ourselves into false divides,” the agenda writes. “We risk losing focus on the deep systemic flaws in our economic and social frameworks that leave vast numbers of Americans vulnerable and insecure.”
Since when do impartial reporters care what the “right” economic agenda is? Since when do they give presentations formally identifying with one side or the other with words like “we”?
The Free Beacon asked both Ross and WaPo about all of this. Ross declined to answer, claiming she couldn’t talk about it without getting approval to do so from the paper’s public-relations people — approval it seems didn’t matter all that much to her when it came to participating in the event in the first place.
A WaPo spokesman responded to the Free Beacon:
We’ve only now learned about her participation in this event […] The Washington Post policy discourages participation in any activity that could be perceived as partisan. She has been reminded of that […] Our understanding is that she was there solely to discuss the subject of a book she is writing independently on economic inequality.
I’ll bet that book is totally no-partisan, too. Totally.
The Free Beacon goes on to observe that it’s unknown whether Democracy Alliance paid for Ross’s travel and lodging arrangements to participate in the event, and Democracy Alliance wasn’t inclined to tell them when asked for comment. Oh, and this isn’t suspicious at all:
Ross did not publicly disclose her participation in the conference, where attendees were instructed not to share any details of the conference on social media or share them with the press.
“Democracy Alliance conference participants are entitled to the expectation that their conference experience and their identity should remain confidential,” it says in participation guidelines distributed to attendees.
This is hardly the first time Washington Post personnel have been busted for secretly scheming to shape the news rather than cover it. Remember JournoList, the private list-serv revealed in 2010 that numerous media figures had been using to do exactly that? Byron York remembers:
Since the paper employs JournoList’s founder and proprietor [Ezra Klein], and since comments on JournoList led to [David] Weigel’s leaving the paper, and since those events raise questions about whether other Post journalists took part in JournoList, and since there are likely more stories to come from the thousands of still-unpublished exchanges on JournoList, it is reasonable to ask what the Post’s management knows, and what it knew in the past, about Post journalists taking part in the list-serv.
It’s reasonable to ask — but the Post isn’t going to answer. On Tuesday afternoon, I sent a list of questions to Post spokeswoman Kris Coratti […]
The Post’s response was brief. “We do not discuss personnel matters,” Coratti responded. “The Post has standards for its employees and we expect all personnel to follow them.”
I asked whether the Post could add anything to that short answer. After all, this is a serious issue involving at least one high-profile Post journalist, and it is unlikely to go away in the near future. Does the Post really have nothing to say on the matter?
“I’m sorry,” Coratti wrote. “That is all I have to offer.”
WaPo caught flak early this year for unveiling the amazingly pretentious and hypocritical motto “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” From JournoList to Janell Ross, “Democrats Lie in Darkness” would be a more accurate summary of the paper’s mission.
Hat tip: Fox News