Radio News: Fake robocall in Alabama Senate race
Nov 14, 2017 10:42 pm
Television station WKRG in Alabama reports that at least one person in the station's viewing area received an obviously fake robocall that could be deemed anti-Semitic from someone claiming to be a Washington Post reporter seeking more damaging information about Senate candidate Roy Moore. Here is the text of that voicemail message received by Pastor Al Moore in Creola. The call said, "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 email@example.com, thank you." The email address is not functional, and the newspaper has no such reporter. Washington Post Executive Editor, Marty Baron released this 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.” John Rogers with the Roy Moore campaign said they knew nothing about the call. A Washington Post story recently reported that four women accused the candidate of sexual misconduct. In one case, the woman making the charges was 14-years-old at the time of the incident.