Starr Day! It was a little like Pearl Harbor Day, which another U.S. president proclaimed would live in infamy. But when Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr dropped his particular brand of bomb in Washington, it reverberated across the internet with a different impact. Sept. 11, 1998, is a day that will live . . . in irony.

As our page-one coverage of this unprecedented internet event makes clear, what happened could excite ambivalence.

Sept. 11 marked the highest spike of internet traffic in history. As Starr's lurid impeachment referral to the U.S. House of Representatives made its way into


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