Saturday, March 24, 2012

Not this shit again

In the middle of an article about the exaggerations of Rick Santorum, Politico brings back an old myth. (Emphasis mine.)
Every senator — and every politician — who runs for president is prone to a bit of résumé-padding.

Newt Gingrich has drawn mockery for taking partial responsibility for ending the Cold War, while Mitt Romney has struggled to justify claiming credit for the creation of over 100,000 jobs. Finding the line between touting one’s accomplishments and blowing them out of proportion is not a 2012-only problem: recall Al Gore’s infamous claim about the creation of the Internet.
For the millionth goddamn time, Al Gore made no claim about the Internet that should be considered in any way "infamous." Here's what he actually said:
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.
So he never said, as Snopes points out, that he "invented the Internet." And here's what Vint Cerf, the actual inventor of the Internet said:
Al Gore had seen what happened with the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act of 1956, which his father introduced as a military bill. It was very powerful. Housing went up, suburban boom happened, everybody became mobile. Al was attuned to the power of networking much more than any of his elective colleagues. His initiatives led directly to the commercialization of the Internet. So he really does deserve credit.
So, in other words, in the middle of an article about Republican falsehoods, Alexander Burns and Emily Schultheis decided to demonstrate "balance" with, yep, a common Republican falsehood. Good one, Politico.