‘Morning Joe’ blasts fake Washington Post ‘Bernie Bernstein’ robocall: ‘So anti-Semitic’

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” early Wednesday blasted “tricks meant to discredit” The Washington Post after a person claiming to be a Post reporter named “Bernie Bernstein” said in robocalls he was seeking women “willing to make damaging remarks” about Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore in exchange for monetary compensation.

“Look at this, the Cook Political Report now considers the race a tossup. A new poll taken Monday shows Moore ahead by 6 points with a 2-point margin of error,” reported “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski.

“And there seems to be some dirty tricks happening in Alabama meant to discredit The Washington Post’s reporting on allegations involving Roy Moore and teenage girls,” she continued. “Listen to this voicemail a pastor says he received yesterday.”

The program then played a voicemail from the person falsely claiming to be a Post reporter.

“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,” says the caller. “We will not be fully investigating these claims. However, we will make a written report.”

“Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough called the stunt “insulting.”

“This is incredible. C’mon, man. This is insulting,” the former GOP congressman said.

Panelist Sam Stein of the Huffington Post mocked the caller’s accent and obvious Jewish name.

“I got a little stain from my matzo ball soup,” an amused Stein said.

“It’s so anti-Semitic. It is so anti-Semitic,” he added.

The Post last week reported on accusations of sexual misconduct and assault against Moore by several women, who said he made advances toward them when he was in his early 30s and they were teenagers as young as 14.

Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron said the robocall has “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 to Mobile, Ala., CBS affiliate WKRG. “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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