On Tuesday, WKRG in Alabama reported that a robocall seeking damaging information about Judge Roy Moore was made to Pastor Al Moore in Creola by a person purporting to be a reporter from The Washington Post.

The message stated:

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.

Pastor Moore said he had no idea where the call originated from; he attempted to respond to the email address provided but it came back undeliverable. WKRG had the same result when it tried.

Marty Baron, Executive Editor of The Washington Post, issued 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.