OJR has an article on MEMRI, a site which I link to quite frequently. The more MEMRI pieces I’ve read, the more I’ve wondered how anti-Arab they are. As it turns out, they’re quite anti-Arab indeed. That said, it doesn’t change the fact that the Arab press still puts out the stories that MEMRI translates and publishes, and those stories are indeed often gruesome and bizarre. The question we’re left with is to what degree they reflect the actual sentiment in the Arab world. Unfortunately, it’s a question I have no way of answering with any authority. My personal experience indicates that the stories MEMRI selects are more representative than we would hope.