Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Al Gore: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

It is hard to do better than Al Gore for pure entertainment.

I'd have to go back and re-read the coverage, but I believe that he did claim to invent the internet and he did claim that he (preppie) and Tipper were the inspiration for Love Story. What am I missing? ( I don't remember Love Canal - I stopped listening at that point)

“Modern politics seems to require and reward some capacities that I don’t think I have in abundance … such as a tolerance for … spin rather than an honest discussion of substance. Apparently, it comes easily for some people, but not for me,” Gore says.

Peretz reports specifically on Gore’s coverage in The New York Times and in The Washington Post, each of which reported and/or referenced Gore’s supposed claims that he invented the Internet, that the two main characters in Love Story were based on him and Tipper, and that he discovered the toxic waste at Love Canal.


Submitted by D.B. Jackson

1 comment:

Ray said...

No. Al Gore never said he "invented the internet." The tortured history of that media whopper has been well covered on Bob Somerby's Daily Howler blog. One of his debunkings appears in this column, titled "Inventing Invented the Internet" (http://www.dailyhowler.com/dh120302.shtml). For as complete a compilation of source material on the "invented" story, though, you may want to peruse the items collected by Seth Finkelstein, here: http://sethf.com/gore/

As for the "Love Story" nonsense, Gore was repeating what had been reported in a Tennessee newspaper. The paper was only partly correct. The male lead in "Love Story" was indeed partly modeled on Gore (and partly on college roommate Tommy Lee Jones, the actor). The female lead was NOT based on Tipper, but that was the Tennessean reporter's mistake in misquoting the author. Again, for the debunking, head to Somerby's blog. This entry will do: http://www.dailyhowler.com/h052500_1.shtml