At least one Alabama voter has received a recorded robocall, from someone falsely claiming to be a Washington Post journalist. The recorded message offered payment in exchange for testimony against Judge Moore. (Scroll down to hear an answering machine recording of the call.)
The Washington Post is the news outlet which broke the story last week with news of four women who alleged that Moore had sexually abused them in the 1970s, when they were teenagers and he was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney.
Monday, a fifth woman came forward with additional sexual assault allegations against Moore.
WKRG News released a transcript of the recorded call, which was received on a voicemail message by Pastor Al Moore, in Creola, Alabama:
“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.”
An email sent to the address provided in the message came back as undeliverable, and the Washington Post has confirmed that there is no reporter by the name of Bernie Bernstein at their company.
Marty Baron, Executive Editor at the Washington Post, released the following statement in response to news of the robocalls:
“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.”
The Hill reported that John Rogers of the Moore campaign denied any prior knowledge of the robocall.
Below is the audio recording of the robocall, posted on Facebook by WKRG: