A mysterious robocall from a person posing as a Washington Post reporter has offered at least one person in Alabama money in exchange for damaging information on Republican Senate Roy Moore.
Pastor Al Moo re told WKRG-TV he received a voicemail message from the mysterious caller claiming to be a WaPo reporter named Bernie Bernstein.
Hi, this is Bernie Bernstein, Im 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 dollars, the message obtained by the Alabama TV station read.
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, the message continued.
Pastor Moore said he sent a response to the email address, but it came back as undelivered.
The Washington Post, in a statement to WKRG, said it was shocked and appalled to learn about the robocall.
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 calls 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.
John Rogers, a Roy Moore spokesman, told the station that the Moore campaign was not aware of the robocall.
Last week, the Post reported that four women had accused Moore of sexually assaulting them in their teens.
The youngest victim was just 14 when Moore made a move on her in 1979, according to the newspaper. A fifth Moore accuser came out on Monday saying he had abused her when she was 16-years-old.