[Ed. – Jazz Shaw is right: this goes beyond trying to report on the things done by political operatives. The individual wasn’t even there to track and report events, which she would have been prohibited from doing. She was there to participate. This is pure, overt, fully-embedded partisanship, not by a pundit but by a “news” reporter.]
The Free Beacon has done some great reporting on this so their entire coverage is worth a read, but the obvious issue here is the problematic appearance of Ms. Ross on the conference agenda. Let’s be very clear about what this event was: it was a meeting of some of the highest rolling donors in the Democratic Party where their 2018 strategy to defeat the Republicans was being worked on. Nothing wrong with that, obviously. The GOP does the same thing all the time.
But a reporter for the Washington Post was there, not to cover the event for her paper (the Beacon confirmed that the WaPo wasn’t even aware she was there), but to participate as a panelist. We’ve discussed some of Janell Ross’ reporting here in the past. Yes, it’s always been obvious that there was a pronounced liberal slant in her work, though that’s not really surprising for the Washington Post. But keep in mind that Ross isn’t an editorialist who is paid to opine. She’s a reporter. She’s part of the newsroom.