The Washington Post has responded to a story first brought to their attention by WKRG-TV, which claims that at least one person in their viewing area had received a robocall from someone claiming to be a Post reporter that was seeking damaging information about Roy Moore.
Here is the text of that voicemail message received by Pastor Al Moore, no relation to Roy Moore, in Creola, Al.:
“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@example.com, thank you.”
Pastor Moore told WKRG that he was baffled about who might be behind the message.
He said he attempted to send a response to the email address provided but it came back undeliverable. We also attempted to send a message to the email address with the same result.
The Roy Moore campaign says it’s the first he’s heard of this type of robocall.
Marty Baron, the Executive Editor of the Washington Post, released the following statement:
“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.”
On Monday, a fifth woman accused Moore of sexual misconduct when she was a minor.
Beverly Young Nelson said that Moore, who was serving as the Etowah County district attorney, sexually assaulted her in a dark diner parking lot in 1977, when she was a 16-year-old high school student.
The allegations followed those in a bombshell Washington Post report last week in which four woman accused Moore of sexual misconduct, including one who accused Moore of inappropriate touching when she was 14 and he was 32.