RE: [Fwd: FW: The truth is finally revealed]

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From: Meltsner, Kenneth (
Date: Thu Sep 21 2000 - 14:06:12 PDT

I think the critical bit is the meaning of the words "created" and
"Internet" -- in context, I believe Gore is referring to his political role
in enabling commercial traffic over the then mostly research NSFNet and the
related networks. He doesn't:

* claim to have invented the protocols or the standards

* been the political enabler of the predecessors to the collective entity
known as the Internet

Those of us who remember host names without dots also remember the general
confusion and fear associated with the prospect of commercial use of the

Does he exaggerate his role as the lead political proponent of the
"commercial traffic OK" Internet? That's another question, but I think he
has a decent case for that.

Ken Meltsner

-----Original Message-----
From: Zhang, Yangkun [mailto:Yangkun.Zhang@FMR.COM]
Sent: Thursday, September 21, 2000 3:47 PM
Subject: RE: [Fwd: FW: The truth is finally revealed]

Sorry Bill,

But you've been played. From a transcript of Vice President Gore on CNN's
'Late Edition':

**lots of stuff cut out ...

BLITZER: I want to get to some of the substance of domestic and
international issues in a minute, but let's just wrap up a little bit of the
politics right now.

Why should Democrats, looking at the Democratic nomination process, support
you instead of Bill Bradley, a friend of yours, a former colleague in the
Senate? What do you have to bring to this that he doesn't necessarily bring
to this process?

GORE: Well, I will be offering -- I'll be offering my vision when my
campaign begins. And it will be comprehensive and sweeping. And I hope that
it will be compelling enough to draw people toward it. I feel that it will

But it will emerge from my dialogue with the American people. I've traveled
to every part of this country during the last six years. During my service
in the United States Congress,
******* I took the initiative in creating the Internet. *******
I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that
have proven to be important to our country's economic growth and
environmental protection, improvements in our educational system.

During a quarter century of public service, including most of it long before
I came into my current job, I have worked to try to improve the quality of
life in our country and in our world. And what I've seen during that
experience is an emerging future that's very exciting, about which I'm very
optimistic, and toward which I want to lead.

**more stuff cut out...

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Humphries []
Sent: Thursday, September 21, 2000 4:19 PM
To: Rodent of Unusual Size
Subject: Re: [Fwd: FW: The truth is finally revealed]

Sorry Ken, but you've been played by the GOP. The story of Gore claiming he
invented the Internet is at best a misunderstanding, and at worst 'big lie'
politics by Gore's detractors (full disclosure: I'm a registered Green.)

So why doesn't someone start a rumor claiming that Shrub said he invented
the Designated Hitter? ;->

----- Original Message -----
From: Rodent of Unusual Size <Ken.Coar@Golux.Com>
To: Flatware or Road Kill? <FoRK@Xent.Com>
Sent: Thursday, September 21, 2000 1:00 PM
Subject: [Fwd: FW: The truth is finally revealed]

> 'Nuff said.
> --
> #ken P-)}

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