Politics Robocall Impersonating Washington Post Reporter Pretends To Seek Dirt On Roy Moore

02:51  15 november  2017
02:51  15 november  2017 Source:   HuffPost

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There’s an automated phone call going around Alabama that claims to be from a Washington Post reporter seeking more information about Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore . But the robocall , which features the name of a non-existent reporter and purports to offer

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Alabama Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Roy Moore speaks with reporters as he visits the U.S. Capitol on Oct. 31. © Jonathan Ernst / Reuters Alabama Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Roy Moore speaks with reporters as he visits the U.S. Capitol on Oct. 31.

A robocall from someone posing as a Washington Post reporter offering money for “damaging remarks” about Alabama Republican Roy Moore is fake, the Post said Tuesday after a local station in Alabama reported on it.

The call ― an apparent attempt to discredit the Post’s reporting on sexual assault allegations against the U.S. Senate candidate ― was received by at least one person, Pastor Al Moore of Creola, who reported it to local CBS affiliate WKRG-TV.

In the recording, someone identifying himself as a Post reporter named “Bernie Bernstein” says he’s 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.”

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As if things could get any stranger with the Roy Moore campaign Tuesday, WKRG News is reporting that at least one person in Alabama has received a robocall from someone calling himself Bernie Bernstein and claiming to be a reporter for the Washington Post .

The Post’s executive editor Marty Baron released a statement to the station saying the call is a hoax. 

“The call’s description of our reporting methods bears no relationship to reality,” Baron said. “We are shocked and appalled that anyone would stoop to this level to discredit real journalism.”

The robocall comes days after the Post’s bombshell report that in 1979, a 32-year-old Moore initiated a sexual encounter with a girl when she was 14. On Monday, another woman came forward accusing Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was 16 and he was in his 30s.

While lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called for Moore to suspend his campaign, far-right outlet Breitbart spent days coming to Moore’s defense, largely by attacking the Post’s reporting and unsuccessfully attempting to poke holes in the allegations.

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At least one person said he received a robocall from someone trying to impersonate a Washington Post reporter . The impersonator claimed he was willing to pay at least ,000 to women who were “willing to make damaging remarks” about Roy Moore

Alex Marlow, the site’s top editor, even suggested the Post may be conspiring to take down Moore’s campaign. 

“It does look more and more like some sort of a politically coordinated attack on Judge Moore,” he said Monday on the site’s radio show. “The fact The Washington Post really put the effort in to track down these women and try to convince them to come forward, tell their story. Why did they want them to come forward? Because they just love good journalism? You guys believe that?”

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

Moore campaign calls Washington Post a 'worthless piece of crap' .
Roy Moore's campaign called The Washington Post a "worthless piece of crap" and refused to provide proof of claims it has made to cast doubt on one of his accusers."The Washington Post is a worthless piece of crap that has gone out of its way to railroad Roy Moore," Moore campaign strategist Brett Doster wrote to The Post in an email."There is no need for anyone at the Washington Post to ever reach out to the Roy Moore campaign again because we will not respond to anyone from the Post now or in the future. Happy Thanksgiving."Doster told the paper his remarks were on the record.

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