A fake WaPo reporter has been calling Alabama voters asking for Roy Moore “dirt”–his name is CLASSIC

In Alabama, nothing’s ever a given when it comes to politics.

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Except that an election can quickly go south. Take the Roy Moore and Doug Jones special election for Alabama’s Senate seat.

Nearly a month away from the special election, a WaPo report dropped that alleged Moore had sexual contact with a 14-year-old, as well as sexually harassed several other teenagers. Another woman has since come forward accusing Moore of trying to “rape” her.

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Whether or not these incidents occurred, they are said to have transpired nearly four decades ago, causing some to question whether or not the timing is politically motivated.

Roy Moore, for his part, has threatened to sue the Washington Post over the accusations, and refuses to drop out despite mounting pressure from the media, Democrats, and Republicans.

Thus, it is a bit strange that a robocall has been hitting Alabama callers seeking “dirt” on Roy Moore.

The robocall voice is said to be that of “fake” Washington Post reporter Bernie Bernstein. Here is the purported script:

https://twitter.com/RosieGray/status/930621035887710208

It goes a little something like this:

“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 [email protected], thank you.”

The Washington Post released the following statement in response:

“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.”

The name caught fire on social media, in no small part due to its obvious Jewish flare:

https://twitter.com/BecketAdams/status/930572564723793921

https://twitter.com/JeffreyGoldberg/status/930585987155202048

https://twitter.com/BradThor/status/930585804547780608

Whoever set up these robocalls is wiley, indeed. But they might want to sprinkle in a little less blatantly rabid anti-semitism with their robocalls.

This election keeps getting weirder and weirder.

Kyle Becker

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