Before Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post it was a partisan Democrat publication, but still a real newspaper.
Now I’m not so sure.
There are a good many reasons I feel this way, but here’s the latest – its reaction to a supposedly neutral reporter conspiring with an overtly Democrat/hard-left group on how to push its agenda.
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.
“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?”
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.
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.”
“Discourages” involvement in events that may be “perceived as partisan”?
What the hell did they think this was? A maybe?
In the pre-Bezos era (he took possession of The Post in October of 2013), Janell Ross’s attempt to secretly participate in an event like this would have caused her immediate suspension and, quite possibly, termination.
Today? Well, if this meeting happened to be partisan we would have discouraged her from being there.
It is unadulterated crap like this that is turning the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post into the Washington Ghost – i.e. a ghost of its former self.
But, on the positive side, I’m sure Mr. Bezos is proud of the direction he’s put his little media toy in. And, hey, if things don’t turn out? What a great tax write-off.