'Nightly News' Jabs McCain's Tech-Savvy
Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain,
The September 16 âNBC Nightly Newsâ examined McCainâs rhetoric on the campaign trail in the wake of a serious banking crisis. Correspondent Kelly OâDonnell reported one campaign advisor cited McCainâs legislative effort opening the door to technological advancements as evidence of his ability to steer Americans through the turbulent time.
âAnd Brian, when an adviser today was stressing John McCainâs economic credentials, he told reporters that McCain quote âhelped make this little miracle happenâ â the Blackberry or cell phone â citing his work on the Commerce committee,â OâDonnell said.
But rather than explore McCainâs work on the Commerce committee and any influence he may have had over technological innovations, OâDonnell dismissed the adviserâs claim as a mistake.
âWell, McCain heard about it, he laughed,â OâDonnell added. âAnother advisor said, âMcCainâs not claiming to have invented anythingâ and said, âThat was a boneheaded comment.ââ The claim raised comparisons to the assertion former Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore made that he had contributed to the creation of the Internet.
âHe admits he still doesnât know how to use a computer, can't send an e-mail, still doesn't understand the economy and favors $200 billion in new tax cuts for corporations, but almost nothing for the middle class,â the TV ad said.
But OâDonnell ignored points that conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg made in his column for the Los Angeles Times September 16. The attack that McCain is out of touch for not using e-mail ignores the fact that North Vietnamese broke his fingers and shattered both of his arms, making his use of a computer to send e-mail âpainfully laborious,â Goldberg wrote.
But otherwise, the media had been complimentary as it pertained to McCainâs tech savvy, prior to his 2008 presidential bid.
âIn 2000, Forbes magazine called him the âSenateâs savviest technologist,ââ Goldberg wrote. âThat same year, Slateâs Jacob Weisberg gushed that McCain was the most âcybersavvyâ of all the presidential candidates that year, a crop that included none other than Al Gore. Being chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, Weisberg explained, âforced him to learn about the Internet early on, and young Web entrepreneurs such as Jerry Yang and Jeff Bezos fascinate him.ââ