Last Call: Father of Internet backs Gore claim

The Republican National Committee spin machine found itself snared in a web of its own making recently. For over a year, it's been claiming Gore exaggerated his role when it came to the Internet. Gore did say on CNN last year: 'I took the initiative in creating the Internet.' But Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn decided to examine the validity of the RNC spin shop's charges.

Zorn admitted that Gore couldn't write programming language, but wondered whether he did speak out and introduce legislation to spur the Internet's development.

So Zorn was suitably impressed to receive a letter from so-called 'Father of the Internet' Vinton Cerf, saying: 'For having pursued and argued for legislation and administration support for research in these areas ... I think it is entirely fitting that the vice president take some credit for helping to create an environment in which (the) Internet could thrive.'

Score: RNC spin machine: 0; investigative journalism: 1.

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