For some time, we have featured a link to the Michigan United Conservation Clubs on our Michigan Progressive Resources web page, based on the conservation work of MUCC in the past. But this morning, we received an e-mail from MUCC Executive Director Erin McDonough:
From: Erin McDonough
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 9:42 AM
Subject: Please remove our name from your site
Dear Mam or Sir,
Please remove the Michigan United Conservation Clubs listing from your “Irregular States” web page. We did not authorize the link and would like to be taken off of your site.
Michigan United Conservation Clubs
2101 Wood Street
Lansing, MI 48912
Clearly, Ms. McDonough does not subscribe to the notion that all publicity is good publicity. McDonough concluded after being hired last year that MUCC was too “green” in its activities and had focused too much on environmental protection for Michigan. A shift has been made; this year, not one part of MUCC’s policy platform focuses on environmental protection for Michigan habitats. One or two planks in the MUCC platform actually call for the loosening of protections to halt the dangerous trend of too much conservation. With this transformation in priorities complete, Irregular Times (an acknowledged liberal and environmentalist website with some of those unsavory “green” tendencies) has become an inappropriate source of new members for the group. The Michigan United Conservation Clubs don’t want anyone who reads Irregular Times to become familiar with the group; they’d rather not have you as a reader or a member. You’re the wrong sort.
We’d like to assist the Michigan United Conservation Clubs in implementing their new media policy. Remember, everybody, you may only place links to the MUCC website after Erin McDonough authorizes them. Step one in this process, removal of links from Irregular Times to MUCC, is already complete. After all, such links are not authorized by MUCC. We link to our own copy of the MUCC 2010 platform in this post, since MUCC has not authorized us to link to any files hosted on their web site. Also, we’ve redacted the domain name of MUCC in the text of Erin McDonough’s e-mail, since the inclusion of such unauthorized information could used to reconstruct a de facto link, allowing unsavory sorts like you to read and find out more about MUCC. We can’t have that.
Step two in the process is just as important. Have you linked to the Michigan United Conservation Clubs on your own website in the past? Did you do so without prior authorization? Then please, for the sake of all that is good and decent in this world, take down your links! They are clearly not wanted. Wait for a letter of permission, preferably notarized with one of those nice raised seals, before you direct readers to the MUCC ever again. You’ll be doing the group a big, big favor. Thanks so much.
P.S. If you’re part of an activist group in Michigan that doesn’t think being “green” is a problem to overcome, let us know and we’d be happy to feature your group in our Michigan progressive directory. Why, you can even authorize us to talk about your group’s activities if it makes you feel better.