Ten Years Ago Today, Internet and Media Changed

Wired reports on another Sept. 11 anniversary date, which is Sept. 11, 1998, the day that Congress released the infamous Starr Report detailing the relationship between President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. Click Read more for details.

For the first time, if you didn’t have the net, you were missing history — in this case, the salacious details of the 42nd president’s sexual escapades with 22-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky. A lot people missed it. When Congress released the 445-page Starr report, the word blogosphere had yet to be coined and Twitter was still a sound made by birds.

While presenting monster technical difficulties for government, web surfers and the media, the report’s online release shed light on what the mainstream media would never publish: the details of Clinton’s sexual escapades in the White House that led to the first perjury and obstruction charges against a sitting U.S. president since the 19th century.