Re: Newt Gingrich's message

Karen E. Sayer (
Tue, 5 Mar 1996 14:54:17 -0400

FYI...judging from the experience of another listserv to which I subscribe,
it looks like Newt Gingrich did not initiate contact with the listservs.
Read on. - Karen Sayer

>Date: Tue, 5 Mar 1996 09:42:13 -0500
>Reply-To: Media in Education <MEDIA-L@BINGVMB.BITNET>
>Sender: Media in Education <MEDIA-L@BINGVMB.BITNET>
>From: "Jeffrey B. Donahue" <jdonahue@BINGSUNS.CC.BINGHAMTON.EDU>
>Subject: Re: Newt Gingrich's message to media-l
>To: Multiple recipients of list MEDIA-L <MEDIA-L@BINGVMB.BITNET>
>This past Sunday night was quite interesting. As media-l's listowner I
>received notices that a large number of "people" had either subscribed or
>attempted to subscribe to media-l and another list I own. The id names
>certainly appeared to be ficticious (e.g. squirtmtv@...). What was most
>interesting was the subscriptions from President Clinton, Vice President
>Gore, the First Lady and Newt Gingrich -- all with their legitiamte id's &
>nodes. Someone had forged these addresses & subscribed these politicians
>to hundreds of lists.
>I have since recieved two messages directly from the whitehouse saying
>these subscriptions were erroneous and an investigation is under way.
>Each of these subscriptions triggered an automated response, such as
>Newt's message to media-l. I was able to remove the President's, VP's
>and First Lady's subscriptions before the entire list saw their automated
>Never a dull moment in cyberspace!
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