On Saturday's Good Morning America, ABC correspondent David Kerley not only made sure to assert that House Republican Leader John Boehner "may" meet with a controversial Republican congressional nominee who has a history of dressing in a Nazi uniform as part of World War II reenactments, but the ABC correspondent sloppily worded his statement on the matter as if the candidate, Ohio Republican Rich Iott, were wearing the uniform during the campaign as Kerley vaguely referred to a candidate "who's dressed up" - presumably meaning "who has dressed up" - in a Nazi uniform. Even though some viewers may not be familiar with the story, Kerley offered no elaboration as he introduced a soundbite of Boehner speaking at a rally. Kerley:
The top Republican in the House will be in Ohio basically telling voters - and he may actually meet with a man who's dressed up in a Nazi uniform and is running for Congress there - he'll be telling voters it's time to get out. He could be the next Speaker of the House, John Boehner. That's the way he was introduced last night in Ohio...
Below is a transcript of the relevant portion of the Saturday, October 30, Good Morning America on ABC:
DAN HARRIS: Republicans, as you may know, are expected to make big gains in both the House and the Senate, but they are not taking their momentum for granted in this final weekend. David Kerley is here with more on the Republican strategy to seal the deal in this final weekend. David, good morning to you.
DAVID KERLEY: Good morning, Dan. And the Republicans are out. They will be talking to their voters trying to get them out. In fact, the top Republican in the House will be in Ohio basically telling voters - and he may actually meet with a man who's dressed up in a Nazi uniform and is running for Congress there -he'll be telling voters it's time to get out. He could be the next Speaker of the House, John Boehner. That's the way he was introduced last night in Ohio, and he told a Republican county meeting that he would run the House differently than the Democrats, even than the Republican who preceded him in the House. And he tapped into that Republican anger that is sweeping across the nation.
- Brad Wilmouth is a news analyst at the Media Research Center.