Several Newsrooms Asking Reporters Who Covered CPAC To Self-Quarantine

President Donald Trump speaks during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on February 29, 2020 in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
|
March 9, 2020 3:32 p.m.
EDITORS' NOTE: TPM is making our COVID-19 coverage free to all readers during this national health crisis. If you’d like to support TPM's reporters, editors and staff, the best way to do so is to become a member.

The Washington Post, Politico and other news outlets are asking the journalists who reported on this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to self-quarantine after news emerged of at least one CPAC attendee who tested positive for COVID-19.

Per internal memos obtained by the Washingtonian, higher-ups at the Post, Politico, Mother Jones and the Daily Beast all requested on Monday that those reporters who covered the four-day conference a little over a week ago work from home.

The Post and Politico’s memos both state that the outlets had made the decisions “out of an abundance of caution.”

“Self-quarantine of well individuals who may have been exposed is simply a precautionary measure that helps mitigate spread of the virus and is a step that we will continue moving forward,” the Politico memo said.

The memos were sent out after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Paul Gozar (R-AZ) announced they were self-quarantining after having shaken hands with an individual at CPAC who was later found to have the coronavirus.

On Saturday, CPAC chair Matt Schlapp disclosed to the Washington Post that he had also made contact with the infected person at the conference but that he himself has not experienced symptoms. The Post noted that on the last day of CPAC, Schlapp had shaken President Donald Trump’s hand.

Key Coronavirus Crisis Links

TPM’s COVID-19 hub.
Josh Marshall’s Twitter List of Trusted Experts (Epidemiologists, Researchers, Clinicians, Journalists, Government Agencies) providing reliable real-time information on the COVID-19 Crisis.
COVID-19 Tracking Project (updated data on testing and infections in the U.S.).
Johns Hopkins Global COVID-19 Survey (most up to date numbers globally and for countries around the world).
Worldometers.info (extensive source of information and data visualizations on COVID-19 Crisis — discussion of data here).
Comments
advertisement
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Senior Editor:
Special Projects Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front-End Developer:
Senior Designer:
SPECIAL DEAL FOR PAST TPM MEMBERS
40% OFF AN ANNUAL PRIME MEMBERSHIP
REJOIN FOR JUST $30