Desperate times (the polls are lower for Obama!) create desperate reporting

Today the mainstream media claims that a McCain aid credits presidential candidate John McCain with inventing the Blackberry.

Here’s what the aid actually said:

“Telecommunications in the United States, the premiere innovation in the past 15 years, comes right through the Commerce Committee. So you’re looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create. And that’s what he did.”

The aid is reported to be holding up his BlackBerry at the time.

I know a few of you regulars will SWEAR that McCain claims to have invented the BlackBerry, but I just don’t see how it came from this statement.


  1. Which is roughly what I said in 2000 about the whole “Al Gore said he invented the internet thing.” And look how that turned out.

    Actually, if we want to get at the facts of the matter (though the McCain campaign hasn’t let facts stop them of late), John McCain voted against the spectrum auctions that have allowed companies like the one that makes the BlackBerry to expand and innovate. So whatever it is the aide is claiming credit for, McCain really doesn’t deserve it.

  2. Oooh, Folkbum, check out what McCain actually voted against in ’93. There was a spectrum auction included in the Omnibus budget bill, bundling all kinds of taxes with a decision to hold the spectrum auction.

    You’ll notice if you bother to follow the link that most of those taxes were regressive. Don’t you dislike regressive taxes? Does that mean you think McCain’s vote in 93 was a good one?

  3. “He did this,” said Holtz-Eakin, raising a BlackBerry, that ubiquitous hand-held wireless e-mailer. “Telecommunications in the United States, the premiere innovation in the past 15 years, comes right through the Commerce Committee. So you’re looking at the miracle (holding up his BlackBerry) that John McCain helped create.”

    For the record, the BlackBerry was invented by a CANADIAN wireless device company called Research in Motion.

    Even if John MaCain did not invent the BlackBerry, the Commerce Committee could not have even contributed or voted for one penny for its research, development, innovation and/or invention of. It’s Canadian.

  4. Cindy, if I’m not mistaken, that bill was the one passed by Clinton and a Democratic Congress that paved the way for the 1990s’ economic expansion as well as the elimination of the budget deficit and actual debt reduction for a couple of years.

    You really want to argue that McCain was right to vote against the Clinton economy?

  5. Right – “paved the way for expansion” that ended up with more taxes and more government.

    Yes, I do. Clinton had little to do with the technological changes that fueled economic growth. It’s widely recognized that Reagan’s policies were what fed half a generation of expansion.

    That’s why Obama’s tax hikes would be so disastrous. Tax hikes have never been good for our economy. Tax hikes without reducing spending eventually cause problems. It’s the spending – primarily in the form of entitlements that your party has pandered in the last couple of decades – that’s going to choke America into a Socialist stalemate.

  6. Patrick, “this” is the expansion of telecommunications to which the staffer was referring. I know it’s complicated, but you’ll get it.

  7. LOL Cindy you are too funny! LOL

    Ok ,so lets look at it from the persepctive of average Jane and Joe American, through their eyes. As they say a picture is worth a 1000 words.

    I say “I did this” then hold up a BlackBerry, cellphone, or calculator. What is going through their minds? “WOW, he made that.” They are taking the verbal cue and associating it with the visual cue that is being displayed immediately after the verbal cue. Connection complete. Any explanation or description following in all likelyhood has been lost. And then I conclude with another statement and the associated visual cue. Again, another connection.

    So, even though he may have been referring to the telecommunications expansion which he “helped”, ie. he was not the sole individual, to the average American, they have made a different inference based on a visual display.

    Not complicated at all.

    And personal jabs are not necessary…

  8. Desperation indeed for B.O. The double-dealer tells Iraq that he wants troop withdrawal to be delayed until after he is president so that he can be the hero while publicly espousing withdrawal as early as possible. Add this to playing both sides of issues like immigration and NAFTA. Not to mention playing “nice Marxist” buddies with Columbian terrorists

  9. From the man himself, ok one of his aides:

    Senior McCain aide Matt McDonald said that the senator “laughed” when he heard the comment about the BlackBerry.

    “He would not claim to be the inventor of anything, much less the BlackBerry. This was obviously a boneheaded joke by a staffer,” McDonald said.

  10. Patrick, I hate it but Cindy is right. The aide was taking credit on behalf of McCain for something he had nothing to do with but it wasn’t inventing the Blackberry.

    @Leapin’- 15 yard penalty for threadjacking to be assessed on the kickoff.

  11. Hi grumps,

    You are absolutely correct!