Tone Of Alabama Senate Race Elevated By Lenny Jewenstein Jewy Jew Robocall, L'Chaim! God Bless You!
Washington Post editorial board, in the mind of a Roy Moore voter
From the Oy GeVault: Following on the heels of the Fake Twitter story about a Washington Post reporter "named Beth" supposedly offering money to some troll's wife for dirt on Roy Moore, we now have actual fake "proof" that WaPo is looking to pay people to tell false stories about Roy Moore being a kiddie-fiddler. It's a robocall that purports to be from a real Washington Post reporter, with the fakest Jewish accent put on audio. Alabama teevee station WKRG reports that one of its viewers, a pastor no less, received the very authentic-sounding robocall:
Robocall sent out in Alabama offers reward to females to make a damaging remark of Roy Moorepic.twitter.com/8iiPARUcly— The Daily Civic (@realDailyCivic) November 15, 2017
We know you Wonkers don't watch the video, but check out the stupid at about the 15-second mark. There's been some uncertainty about the fake "reporter's" name -- Bernie Bernstein? Al Bernstein? -- but the various reports seem to have settled on "Lenny," which is both suitably stereotypical and also the name of an actual WaPo reporter -- on the sports beat, not politics, though. Here's "Lenny's" recorded pitch:
Hi, this is Lenny 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 email@example.com. Thank you.
You have your exaggerated "Jewish" accent, your offer of big money, and a promise that the Washington Post will just make up any old thing anyway. (So why would they bother paying someone? Sorry, we are thinking through fake news. Our bad!)
WaPo immediately condemned the clumsy ruse Tuesday afternoon, with a statement from the paper's executive editor, Marty Barron:
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.
Of course, if you think about it, "Marty Barron" is pretty iffy in itself, combining a stereotypically Jewish first name with the fake last name Donald Trump formerly used for leaks about himself.
The real Lenny Bernstein at the Post said, no, he is not making robocalls to Alabama, because what are you, stupid?
And of course, some people are actually stupid enough to believe the calls just might be real, or are happy to spread stories about them being real. F'rinstance, Roy Moore's stupid lawyer, Grent Goober, who in addition to being all "Hurr Hurr, Muslims marry kids, don't they, Ali?" to Ali Velshi, also mentioned -- in the same interview! -- that he happens to have heard about the phone calls going out from some newspaper seeking dirt on Moore:
Here's Roy Moore's lawyer treating that debunked Washington Post reporter robocall as true pic.twitter.com/hdMBvIeP65— David Mack (@davidmackau) November 15, 2017
No we are not going to transcribe that idiocy because our brain has had quite enough today already, thank you, but we will point out that once Stephanie Ruhle called him out on the bullshit, Garblefarble sort of trailed off and lamely insisted "Someone found it objectively ethical to report that there were robocalls, and those reports out there are on credible sites."
Yup. Credible sites like The Atlantic and Slate and HuffPo and Gizmodo, all of which point out that the call is so obviously faked that, as Gizmodo puts it, "You’d have to be a real dummy to believe that a major metropolitan paper would be soliciting random women to accuse Moore" of further wrongdoing.
Or you'd have to be Roy Moore's attorney. Or a venal lying jerk. Or a schmuck who'd play off anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish stereotypes in a single interview.
Ah, but we repeat ourselves.
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