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The Lewis Legacy-Issue 84, Spring 2000
New Internet Hoaxes
By: Kathryn Lindskoog
The C.S. Lewis Foundation for Truth in Publishing
March 1, 2000

In mid-February 2000, President Clinton gave his first live online news interview a day ahead of a major White House meeting on computer security. Despite CNN's screening of messages from the public, the following one slipped through, disguised to look as if it were a remark from President Clinton: "Personally, I would like to see more porn on the Internet."

A frequently forwarded e-mail message claims that "Congressman Schnell" has introduced "Bill 602P" to allow the federal government to impose a 5-cent surcharge on each e-mail message delivered over the Internet. The money would be collected by Internet Service Providers and then turned over to the Postal Service. In fact, no such proposed legislation exists, and there is no "Congressman Schnell."