December 26, 2003

Paul Krugman on what no self-respecting journalist would repeat on Gore

There was an unexpectedly high amount of traffic to my website today, going to the page on Al Gore "invented the Internet". A small but notable blip. It seems the source was the remark in a NYTimes Paul Krugman column:

If a reporter must use anecdotes, they'd better be true. After the Dean endorsement, innumerable reporters cracked jokes about Al Gore's inventing the Internet. Guys, he never said that: it's a malicious distortion of a true statement, and no self-respecting journalist would repeat it.

He said it, I didn't :-). So I took a look what's repeated in the official Declan McCullagh biography:

"[Declan] McCullagh was the first journalist to question Vice President Gore's claim to have created the Internet ...

I suppose that's a slight improvement from the much earlier version, which read

... the first to question Vice President Gore's claim to have invented the Internet ...

I don't think the problem is quite about "self-respecting". A more accurate phrase might be "truth-respecting" (so many examples ...)

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in journo | on December 26, 2003 05:20 PM (Infothought permalink) | Followups
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