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Update:11/26 - Daniel withdrew his assertion that LfF is a front group for the advertising firm Rothstein & Memsic
Thanks to Walter for doing something that I concede I should have done before posting my original accusation. He e-mailed LfF about their status. He reproduces this reply in his journal:
Rothstein & Memsic is the design company that was given the job of creating and registering our website. It also designed the LfF logo and submitted it to us for approval. Our dealings with that company were only about the LfF website and logo. Contrary to what a LISnews poster recently asserted, we are not a front group for any entity or company. We are simply an organization of librarians.
The group of librarians who founded LfF did approach Stand With Us for sponsorship. Stand With Us agreed to do so and we are affiliated with it. A growing number of our librarian-members have the access code for the posting of articles on the website, which they continue to do. Librarian-members also pick the list of links from our website to others. The LfF librarians who do not have our website access code can and do recommend items to be added.
Sincerely yours,Andy for LfF - -
I concede here while I could logically say that there was some sort of relationship between LfF, StandWithUs and R&M, there was no hard evidence allowing me to logically conclude that therefore LfF was simply a tool of R&M and/or StandWithUs. Andy's note gives a believable relationship among the parties that I, Daniel, do not intend to contest further.
So I apologize to LISNews readers for asserting something before I could prove it one way or another. I still stand by the suggestions I made for the group.
While the phrase Librarians for Fairness conjures up librarians running out to right the wrongs of biases, in reality the group (or at least it's domain) is a front for the PR group Rothstein & Memsic.
How do we know this? By analyzing whois registrations. First we look up the whois record for librariansforfairness.org and find:
Created On:08-Jun-2004 17:12:27 UTC
Last Updated On:24-Mar-2006 23:27:15 UTC
Expiration Date:08-Jun-2009 17:12:27 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:Go Daddy Software, Inc. (R91-LROR)
Status:CLIENT DELETE PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT RENEW PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT UPDATE PROHIBITED
Registrant Name:Roz Rothstein
Registrant Street1:332 N. La Brea Ave.
Registrant City:Los Angeles
Registrant Postal Code:90036
Standwithus, according to its web site, is "A pro Israel advocacy organization advocates for a secure future for Israel", and it lists librariansforfairness as one of its sub sites. A quick Google search shows that Roz Rothstein is StandWithUs' National Director and a frequent contributer to Front Page Magazine. Couldn't find whether she had a library degree.
The whois registration for StandWithUs.com provides this info:
Rothstein & Memsic
Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: STANDWITHUS.COM
Domain servers in listed order:
This Rothstein & Memsic appears to be a PR Firm and I didn't see any other likely contenders. If you find any, please leave a comment.
I don't know about you, but I dislike astroturf groups. Whoever R&M's client is should just come forward and deal with librarians directly instead of pretending to be colleagues.