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  •  Gore was responsible for the Internet (3+ / 0-)
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    L0kI, Snud, MKSinSA

    in a sense, as Snud points out.
    He sponsored legislation that led to the Defense Department program being expanded and becoming the Internet.
    So Gore probably said something like "I was responsible for the Internet ..." referring to his legislation.  
    And this got turned into "I invented the Internet."
    A classic case study in how:

    1.  Words can be twisted by people who intend harm.
    1.  Context is crucial.
    1.  "Sound bites" are screwing up our democracy.
    1.  Political candidates have to be extremely nit-picky, to the point of paranoia, about every word they say.

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