Voters in Alabama reported receiving robocalls seeking damaging information on Roy Moore as the race for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' vacated U.S. Senate seat heats up amid sexual assault allegations.
Pastor Al Moore told WKRG that he received a robocall from the Washington Post’s “Bernie Bernstein” looking for damaging information on Moore in exchange for money.
The full voicemail read: “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 $5,000 and $7,000 dollars. We will not be fully investigating these claims, however we will make a written report. I can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.”
The Washington Post responded to these robocalls in a statement that the message was fraudulent and “bears no relationship to reality.”
“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,” Marty Baron, the paper's executive editor, said. “The call’s description of our reporting methods bears no relationship to reality.”
Baron added, “We are shocked and appalled that anyone would stoop to this level to discredit real journalism.”
A spokesperson for Roy Moore’s campaign told reporters he’s never heard of this kind of robocall.
Over the course of the past week, five women have come forward to accuse Roy Moore of sexual harassment and assault while they were teenagers.