Gwen Ifill. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Some media watchers thought veteran journalist Gwen Ifill was getting too cozy with Kathleen Sebelius when she agreed to emcee a dinner honoring the HHS Secretary Thursday night. Ifill (who routinely reports on health care issues) agreed to be part of the fundraiser for the Whitman-Walker Health clinic — but that was long before she knew who would be the guest of honor, reports our colleague Eric Wemple. Ifill donated her time to the charity and will welcome guests, introduce co-chairs, and announce a grant program and dessert — but steer clear of the Sebelius tribute. “I really do try to do the arm’s-length thing,” she said.