We once used to have some respect for the debunking website Snopes.com, which is allegedly dedicated to busting "urban legend" myths, one of which is the story claiming that Al Gore had taken credit for "inventing" the Internet. Snopes regards this is bunk, blaming it on some poor phrasing by Gore during a CNN interview. To wit:
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.Snopes' Gore apologists then go on to paper over what Gore obviously meant or meant to imply: that without him, the Internet would not have come to be. Balderdash. ARPA (now DARPA), the military R&D agency had had early versions of today's Internet cooking since the late 1960s. Vint Cerf was also an important pioneer:
In 1974, Vint Cerf (known to some as the "father of the Internet"), along with Bob Kahn, wrote a new protocol, TCP (Transmission Control Protocol, that would become the accepted standard. The implementation of TCP allowed the various networks to connect into a true "internet."
The Internet became widely popular in the computer and scientific research communities. By the 1980's most universities and research-oriented institutions had computers that were connected to the Internet.
Gore made his bogus claim in 1999. Which means that, in no way did Al Gore actually "take the initiative" for creating the Internet unless he can time travel like Doctor Who. Clearly, what became the modern Internet had actaully been invented when he was in college, where he was a stunningly mediocre student busily racking up lower grades than Chimpy BushMcHitler. (More here.)
So why the hell does anybody listen to him now? Simple: they're all on the same "one world" socialist cheerleading squad. The people at Snopes need to get a clue. Unless they'd always intended to become yet another cog in the leftist propaganda mill.