Listen: Curious robocall seeks ‘damaging’ information on Roy Moore

Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at the Vestavia Hills Public library, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Vestavia Hills, Ala. According to a Thursday, Nov. 9 Washington Post story an Alabama woman said Moore made inappropriate advances and had sexual contact with her when she was 14. Moore is denying the allegations. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)

MOBILE, Alabama (WKRG) — Another development involving the U.S. Senate race in Alabama.

At least one person in the viewing area for WKRG, a sister station of WISH-TV, received a robocall seeking more damaging information about Roy Moore. Here is the text of that voicemail message received by Al Moore, a pastor 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 $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 albernstein@washingtonpost.com. Thank you.”

The executive editor of the Washington Post, 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.”

Moore said 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 said it’s the first he’s heard of this type of robocall. A search 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.