A news station in Alabama is reporting that some viewers have received a mysterious robocall from a fake Washington Post reporter asking for damaging information on Senate candidate Roy Moore in exchange for cash.
According to WKRG 5, which covers the Mobile, AL area, at least one person received the following voicemail:
“Hi, this is Bernie Bernstein, I’m a reporter for the Washington Post calling to find out if anyone at this address is a female between the ages of 54 to 57 years old willing to make damaging remarks about candidate Roy Moore for a reward of between $5000 and $7000 dollars. We will not be fully investigating these claims however we will make a written report. I can be reached by email at [email protected], thank you.”
Both the viewer and the news station tried the email address in the message, but it came back undeliverable. There is no one on staff at the Washington Post with that name to our knowledge, and as WKRG 5 noted, it is “highly unlikely that a newspaper would offer thousands of dollars for information, damaging or otherwise.”
The Washington Post’s Executive Editor, Baron said the call did not come from his publication and did not represent the paper’s reporting methods:
“The Post has just learned that at least one person in Alabama has received a call from someone falsely claiming to be from The Washington Post. The call’s description of our reporting methods bears no relationship to reality. We are shocked and appalled that anyone would stoop to this level to discredit real journalism.”
Moore’s campaign said it was unaware of the robocall. Moore and his supporters have denied the allegations that he initiated sexual contact with teenage girls as young as 14 when he was in his early 30s — a story that was first reported by the Washington Post.