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Tue Nov 14, 2017, 08:42 PM

LISTEN: Curious Robocall Seeks 'Damaging' Information on Moore

Source: WKRG

LISTEN: Curious Robocall Seeks Damaging Information on Moore

Bill Riales Published: November 14, 2017, 1:24 pm Updated: November 14, 2017, 7:19 pm

UPDATE 3:31 p.m. (WKRG) — The Executive Editor, Marty Baron, 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.”

LISTEN HERE: Robocalls Seeking “Damaging” Information on Roy Moore*

Another development involving the U.S. Senate race in Alabama. At least one person in our viewing area received a robocall seeking more damaging information about Roy Moore. Here is the text of that voicemail message received by Pastor Al Moore in Creola.

“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 albernstein@washingtonpost.com, thank you.”

Pastor Moore says he’s baffled about who might be behind the message. He said he sent a response to the email address provided but it came back undeliverable. We also tried the email address with the same result.

John Rogers with the Roy Moore campaign says it’s the first he’s heard of this type of robocall. We contacted the Washington Post but it would be highly unlikely that a newspaper would offer thousands of dollars for information, damaging or otherwise. We searched and could not find a record of a ‘Bernie’ or ‘Al Bernstein’ who works as a reporter at the Washington Post.

If any of you have received the same call, please let us know at producers@wkrg.com

* https://www.facebook.com/WKRG.News.5/videos/10155917973537500/

Read more: http://wkrg.com/2017/11/14/curious-robocall-seeks-damaging-information-on-moore/



Weaponized fraud, huh? Where will this all end?

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Retweeted by Dave Weigel: https://twitter.com/daveweigel

Dirty tricks: Robo-dialer claims to be from WaPo looking for dirt on Roy Moore. Post editor Marty Baron says that it's a fraud.

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Reply LISTEN: Curious Robocall Seeks 'Damaging' Information on Moore (Original post)
mahatmakanejeeves Nov 14 OP
BumRushDaShow Nov 15 #1
Nitram Nov 15 #2
MurrayDelph Nov 15 #3
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procon Nov 15 #5
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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 06:25 AM

1. Fraudulent robocalls have been a "thing" for a long time

mostly to misdirect (lie to) "certain" voters regarding the dates of an election or the location of a polling place.

Thanks to spoofing, it's often more difficult/time-consuming to track the origin, although the robocall mills are probably easier to find then the one-offs.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 08:18 AM

2. Dirty tricks. False flag operation.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 10:20 AM

3. "Bernie Bernstein"?

Why didn't he just go ahead and call himself "Jewy McJewboy"?

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 10:22 AM

4. He said he was a Washington Post reporter offering a reward for dirt on Roy Moore. It wasn't true.

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He said he was a Washington Post reporter offering a reward for dirt on Roy Moore. It wasn’t true.

By Marwa Eltagouri and Herman Wong November 15 at 6:28 AM

A pastor in Alabama said he received a voice mail Tuesday from a man falsely claiming to be a reporter with The Washington Post and seeking women “willing to make damaging remarks” about Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore in exchange for money.

The call came days after The Post reported on allegations that Moore initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl nearly four decades ago, sparking calls by leading Republicans for him to abandon his campaign for the U.S. Senate in a special election to be held Dec. 12. ... Pastor Al Moore of Creola, Ala., said he received the call on his cellphone a little after 7 a.m. Tuesday from a private number, which he did not answer.

The caller, claiming to be “Bernie Bernstein,” left a 27-second voice mail, which Moore played for local CBS affiliate WKRG. ... “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,” the caller said in the voice mail.
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Moore’s church, the Fountain Of Faith Baptist Church, posted on Facebook Tuesday morning about a call from an “Al Bernstein at The Washington Post. Hmmmm.” ... Martin Baron, The Post’s executive editor, said the caller’s reporting methods bear “no relationship to reality.” ... “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 in a statement. “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.”
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Marwa Eltagouri is a general assignment reporter for The Washington Post. She previously worked as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, where she covered crime, immigration and neighborhood change. Contact her at marwa.eltagouri@washpost.com. Follow @marwaeltagouri

Herman Wong is a deputy editor on the general assignment news desk for The Washington Post. Follow @hermanywong

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 02:02 PM

5. Well, they sure hit all the touchstones that appeal the Alabama Republicans.

misogyny
ageism
sexism
anti semitism
bigotry
discrimination

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Response to procon (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 02:07 PM

6. He didn't say he was gay-married, so they missed one. NT

"My husband and I will be visiting Alabama, and we can arrange an interview." That would have been the maraschino cherry on top.

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