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NBC Fires Employee for Posting 'What Is the Internet' Clip
aolnews.com ^ | 2-6-11

Posted on 02/06/2011 10:46:48 AM PST by Justaham

An NBC worker who posted old footage from the "Today" show of the hosts wondering, "What is the Internet anyway?" has been fired, the network confirmed, saying the person had a history of distributing material without permission.

The footage, in which Katie Couric, Bryant Gumbel and Elizabeth Vargas try to figure out the Internet and e-mail addresses, made the rounds via said Internet last week, posted and re-posted to Facebook pages and sent via e-mail.

Filmed in 1994, the clip features Gumbel demanding, with a befuddled expression: "What is the Internet anyway?" and Couric stumbling to define it as: "that massive computer network, the one that's becoming really big now."

In a statement, NBC confirmed it fired the employee responsible for first distributing the footage.

"The individual in question violated the company's standards of conduct by repeatedly copying and distributing a variety of materials without permission," the statement said. It was reported on media-watching websites including All Things Digital and PaidContent.

In the clip, Gumbel also complains about e-mail addresses, particularly "that little mark with the 'a' and the ring around it."

As the clip gained attention, "Today" itself featured the footage and current host Matt Lauer laughingly noted: "We all felt that way at the time. It was a mystery to all of us."

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TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Conspiracy; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: bryant; bryantgumbel; couric; elizabethvargas; gumbel; internet; katiecouric; katietheclown; nbc; perkypig; vargas

1 posted on 02/06/2011 10:46:49 AM PST by Justaham
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To: Justaham

Wouldn’t that be “....distributing material that shows liberals in a bad light without permission....”?


2 posted on 02/06/2011 10:52:27 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Justaham

I wonder how these idiots would feel if they had a PC Manning on board.. and yet they’re the first ones to think hes great.


3 posted on 02/06/2011 10:52:50 AM PST by Track9 (Make War!!)
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To: Justaham
Filmed in 1994, the clip features Gumbel demanding, with a befuddled expression: "What is the Internet anyway?" and Couric stumbling to define it as: "that massive computer network, the one that's becoming really big now."
4 posted on 02/06/2011 10:52:50 AM PST by jessduntno (When will we learn? Given enough ROP, they'll hang SOMEONE.)
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To: Justaham

It just reminds us how pathetic and out of date their talking heads are now.

Couric :
The standard unit measurement for mass weight of feces. The European Fecal Standards & Measurements Board in Zürich keeps track of the authenticity of its records. “one Katie Couric is about two and a half pounds of human excrement”

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=couric


5 posted on 02/06/2011 10:53:33 AM PST by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge, MA grad student. Any potential conservative Christian FReepmail-FRiends out there?)
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To: Justaham
"What is the Internet anyway?"

It's the liberal/marxist/RAT media's worst nightmare.

6 posted on 02/06/2011 10:54:08 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Justaham
Heh... the person in question should have distributed this clip instead. For those of you not familiar with the Jay and Silent Bob movies, this contains profanity.
7 posted on 02/06/2011 10:54:35 AM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Justaham

“Filmed in 1994...”


8 posted on 02/06/2011 10:54:47 AM PST by speciallybland
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To: Justaham

Gumbel said, “What is internet?” and then went on to draw the @ sign with his finger several times while wondering out loud what it was. He looked like an idiot but he has always appeared pompous and arrogant to me anyway. What a tool. Glad his ugly mug isn’t on a tv station we watch.


9 posted on 02/06/2011 10:56:02 AM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Justaham

Just proves they were clueless and stupid back then and they still haven’t learned anything.


10 posted on 02/06/2011 10:57:30 AM PST by surfer (To err is human, to really foul things up takes a Democrat, don't expect the GOP to have the answer!)
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To: Justaham

Releasing this clip did more to promote the TODAY show than anything NBC has done in decades and they fire the poor guy over it.

It was a master-stroke of genius to release this!


11 posted on 02/06/2011 11:00:00 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: jessduntno

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUs7iG1mNjI


12 posted on 02/06/2011 11:00:15 AM PST by politicianslie (A taxpayer voting for Obama is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders)
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To: Justaham
"What is the Internet anyway?"
The Internet is ABC/NBC/CBS's worst nightmare.

"The individual in question violated the company's standards of conduct (guffaw) by repeatedly copying and distributing a variety of materials without permission," the statement said.
Now, now...this is just the gatekeepers guarding the gates.
The "free press" isn't so free after all.

13 posted on 02/06/2011 11:02:33 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Justaham
"What is the Internet anyway?"

They would have known if they'd watched Rush Limbaugh's TV show and signed up for Compuserve.

14 posted on 02/06/2011 11:08:21 AM PST by seowulf ("If you write a whole line of zeroes, it's still---nothing"...Kira Alexandrovna Argounova)
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To: Justaham

NBC should’ve posted the clip now and had fun with it. Back in ‘94 nobody knew how the Internet would affect our lives. The clip belongs right up there with “a world market for 3 computers” by the CEO of IBM and “who could possibly need more than 640k” by Bill Gates.


15 posted on 02/06/2011 11:14:14 AM PST by Squawk 8888 (Will work for chocolate)
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To: Squawk 8888; Swordmaker; dayglored
“who could possibly need more than 640k” by Bill Gates.

There's still a lot of debate about whether Gates actually said that, but this definitely happened.

< |:)~

16 posted on 02/06/2011 11:26:40 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: politicianslie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUs7iG1mNjI

Hilarious ... if it was 1984, it would still be weird for a professional information company (supposedly) to be so hopelessly stupid.


17 posted on 02/06/2011 11:31:38 AM PST by jessduntno (When will we learn? Given enough ROP, they'll hang SOMEONE.)
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To: Justaham

In the clip, Gumbel also complains about e-mail addresses, particularly “that little mark with the ‘a’ and the ring around it.”

On keyboards since 1910 ... these morons ever write anything in their lives? Is it because it is more likely to be used in business?

http://www.typewritermuseum.org/collection/indexk.html


18 posted on 02/06/2011 11:36:05 AM PST by jessduntno (When will we learn? Given enough ROP, they'll hang SOMEONE.)
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To: Justaham

Everything is still a mystery to them!


19 posted on 02/06/2011 11:48:10 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Justaham

As funny as it is; and profitable or not, theft is still theft...or at least misappropriation...of company property.


20 posted on 02/06/2011 12:00:34 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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To: jessduntno

I guess videotape hadn’t happened on Today yet. The film/taping terminology misues drives me crazy.


21 posted on 02/06/2011 12:03:27 PM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: martin_fierro
What an awesome clip. Gates was trying to go all "Scanners" on the fellow who made that quip.

He probably wanted to kill this guy too.


Today is a good day to die.
I didn't say for whom.

22 posted on 02/06/2011 12:17:20 PM PST by The Comedian (Muslim Brotherhood = A.N.S.W.E.R = Soros = Obama)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass
Thye keep it in an iridium jar in a temperature and humidity controlled cabinet in a bomb-proof cellar under the Swiss National Institute of Metrics and Horology.

One thoroughly vetted visitor per month is allowed into the laboratory, under close supervision, to test their portable secondary standards against it, and take those standards back to their home country for further use in calibrating instruments there.

23 posted on 02/06/2011 12:27:56 PM PST by Erasmus (Personal goal: Have a bigger carbon footprint than Tony Robbins.)
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To: The Comedian

Heh heh heh ... don’t you have one of those?


24 posted on 02/06/2011 12:28:07 PM PST by jessduntno ("That 3 a.m. phone call from Egypt to Obama went right to the answering machine." - Sarah Palin)
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To: Justaham

“...saying the person had a history of distributing material without permission.”

TRANSLATION: The guy often put actual facts in front of the public...you know, the stuff that embarrasses leftists!!


25 posted on 02/06/2011 12:30:32 PM PST by Oldpuppymax
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To: Justaham

. . .”that massive computer network, the one that’s becoming really big now” showed Katie being treated like cow manure in Cairo.


26 posted on 02/06/2011 12:43:01 PM PST by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a U.S. Marine.)
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To: Justaham

This really ticks me off. That clip was hilarious, and is actually an interesting piece of history. I can’t believe they fired a guy over that. Don’t they do funny little clips and stuff like that on the Today show anyway?


27 posted on 02/06/2011 12:44:05 PM PST by NailInACoffin
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To: Squawk 8888
Back in ‘94 nobody knew how the Internet would affect our lives.

Anyone using CompuServe did. We regularly used the Internet. 1994 was not that early in the technology.
28 posted on 02/06/2011 12:50:08 PM PST by Tzfat
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To: martin_fierro; Squawk 8888; Swordmaker
> “who could possibly need more than 640k” by Bill Gates. ... There's still a lot of debate about whether Gates actually said that, ...

Nah, no debate. He never said it. Gates and Microsoft said a lot of silly things over the years, but not that one. In fact Gates railed against IBM for limiting the available RAM to only 640KB. He wanted the entire 1MB native address space of the 8086 available.

I'm no fan of Gates, but this particular criticism is a canard.

As to whether anyone in IBM -did- say it in those or similar words, I don't recall. It could be something overheard in a meeting, or even a complete fabrication.

29 posted on 02/06/2011 2:02:59 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored
I'm no fan of Gates, but this particular criticism is a canard.

As to whether anyone in IBM -did- say it in those or similar words, I don't recall. It could be something overheard in a meeting, or even a complete fabrication.

As I recall, it was an Intel mucky muck who made the statement in a debate discussing the relative merits of the architecture of the Intel chips compared to the larger addressable space in the 68000 family being adopted by the Mac, Amiga, and Atari.

30 posted on 02/06/2011 5:53:53 PM PST by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft product "insult" free zone.)
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To: Swordmaker
> As I recall, it was an Intel mucky muck who made the statement in a debate discussing the relative merits of the architecture of the Intel chips compared to the larger addressable space in the 68000 family being adopted by the Mac, Amiga, and Atari.

Ah, that would make sense.

Think how different the computing landscape would be, if only Motorola had had the 68000 family -- including the necessary peripheral chips -- ready to go when IBM was designing the IBM-PC. It's widely believed that IBM had wanted to go with the 68K, because they knew the value of large address space, but the 8-bit version (68008) wasn't ready yet, and only Intel had a complete set of peripheral chips ready to roll.

*sigh*

31 posted on 02/06/2011 7:02:10 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

lol everyone knows that @ is the “snail” key!

It used to mean “each”, and was used on order forms and ledgers, now we call it “at” but I know it’s really the sign of the snail.

And then there is the octothorpe.


32 posted on 02/06/2011 8:54:12 PM PST by Dr. Wu
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