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Robocall Claims to Be WashPost Reporter Digging for Dirt on Moore

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By    |   Tuesday, 14 Nov 2017 09:03 PM

An Alabama church pastor received a robocall from a person claiming to be a reporter from The Washington Post offering money to any women who had incriminating stories on Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore, WKRG-TV in Mobile reported Tuesday.

Pastor Al Moore of Creola, Alabama, shared the voicemail he received on his cellphone a day after another woman said Moore attempted to sexually assault her when she was a teenager. Moore was 32 years old and district attorney for Etowah County at the time.

"Hi, this is Bernie Bernstein," the robocall begins. "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 $5,000 and $7,000. We will not be fully investigating these claims. However, we will make a written report. I can be reached by email at albernstein@washingtonpost.com. Thank you."

WKRG reported it could find no listing of a Washington Post reporter named Bernie Bernstein or Al Bernstein and that the email address bounced back as undeliverable.

The Post's editor-in-chief Marty Baron issued a statement saying the robocall does not represent the paper's reporting methods, and a spokesman told WKRG it does not pay sources.

"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," Baron said. "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."

"This looks like the dirtiest, sleaziest trick," Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's "Hardball," said. "New York accent, Jewish name.

"It is so over the top or under the top. I don't know. I guess they're aiming at the lowest common denominator, a person who would buy this crap."

"It's so completely obvious," USA Today reporter Heidi Przybyla agreed. "They are hitting all of the trigger points both of the base in terms of ethnic prejudice, in terms of prejudice against the media, that . . . this is all just a hit job."

Moore and his supporters have accused the Post of playing politics ahead of the December 12 special election. Moore has threatened to sue the Post over its original report that he inappropriately touched a 14-year-old in the late 1970s.

The pastor who received the robocall lives in Mobile County, a 300-mile drive from Moore's home county of Etowah.

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An Alabama church pastor received a robocall from a person claiming to be a reporter from The Washington Post offering money to any women who had incriminating stories on Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore, WKRG-TV in Mobile reported Tuesday.
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