In Alabama, nothing’s ever a given when it comes to politics.
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.
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:
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:
Wow: There's a fake, mysterious robocall in Alabama out there from someone falsely claiming to be 'Bernie Bernstein,' a reporter from the Washington Post, seeking 'damaging' info on Roy Moore for $ https://t.co/S7T9RcHtki via @WKRG
— Meridith McGraw (@meridithmcgraw) November 14, 2017
I'm surprised they didn't go with "Shlomo Jewgold" instead of the infinitely more subtle "Bernie Bernstein." https://t.co/a2drNUYm4F
— Jeff B., who on earth is this guy?? (@EsotericCD) November 14, 2017
Bernie Bernstein just won the coveted Jewlitzer Prize
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) November 14, 2017
lol how did they settle on Bernie Bernstein
did someone say Jewy Jewstein was too much
— danielle tcholakian (@danielleiat) November 14, 2017
I always thought @washingtonpost made a mistake by giving Bernie Bernstein the Alabama desk instead of Shlomo Meshuga, who earned it
— CeaseAndDesistHat (@Popehat) November 14, 2017
The laziest fake WaPo reporter name ever? Bernie Bernstein. https://t.co/isv3Qy0CZY
— Haley Byrd Wilt (@byrdinator) November 14, 2017
I have never seen @daveweigel and Bernie Bernstein in the same room
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) November 14, 2017
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.
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