Hoax Washington Post robocall offers money for Roy Moore dirt
As part of an ongoing effort to discredit the Washington Post’s exhaustively sourced report about four women who claim Senate candidate Roy Moore sexually harassed and assaulted them when they were minors, some asshole set up a robocall seeking dirt from Alabamans on Moore in exchange for financial rewards, WKRG reports.
“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 $7000 dollars,” the robocall says. “We will not be fully investigating these claims however we will make a written report. I can be reached by email at [email protected], thank you.”
Al Moore, a pastor in Creola, Alabama who received the voicemail, said he tried emailing the address in question and received a response that his message was undeliverable. Marty Baron, the Post’s executive editor, released a statement explaining that the robocall is fake and doesn’t reflect how investigative journalism works, like, at all.
“The Post has just learned that at least one person in Alabama has received a call from someone falsely claiming to be from The Washington Post,” Baron said. “The call’s description of our reporting methods bears no relationship to reality. We are shocked and appalled that anyone would stoop to this level to discredit real journalism.”
The robocall is the latest attempt to discredit WaPo’s reporting with claims that the newspaper paid women to invent stories about Moore creeping on teens, as he was known to do in his hometown. In the wake of the scoop, a since-deleted Twitter account with a history of specious claims posted a since-deleted tweet that alleged as much.
“A family friend who lives in Alabama just told my wife that a WAPO reporter named Beth offered her 1000$ to accuse Roy Moore????” @umpire43 wrote. The tweet was picked up by right-wing spam website GatewayPundit.com in a story that has been shared thousands of times on Facebook.
After the Post published its story, a fifth woman, Beverly Young Nelson, shared in a press conference her own experience at 16 when Moore allegedly locked her in his car and tried to rape her.
The Republican National Committee announced Tuesday night that it has withdrawn its support for Moore in his election on December 12.