Janell Ross, a Washington Post reporter who covered the 2016 election and continues to cover the Trump administration, attended a secret liberal gathering in California without actually notifying her superiors that she would be there.

Ross sat on a panel that discussed the topic of “getting the economic narrative right” in future elections.  The panel, in between a talk from liberal billionaire George Soros and a message by Senator Amy Klobuchar on Russian interference in the 2016 election, explored 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?”

In the 2016 election, Democrats were criticized for not understanding 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.'”

It wasn’t until The Washington Free Beacon asked Ross’ supervisors if she had permission to attend the conference that Ross’ superiors knew she was attending. The paper discourages involvement in events that may be “perceived as partisan.”  However, Ross claims that she attended the highly partisan event to discuss a book she was working on independent from the Washington Post.

Washington Post covering the social and political implications of demographic change.”  Nowhere in that description does it mention her book.

It’s still unclear if Ross will be compensated for her time at the event.