Ya Memri!

I won't say much about Ahmadinejad's visit to Lebanon, which is being extensively covered elsewhere. But I was delighted to see that Memri, the "media research institute" described by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman as an indispensable tool, has got another scoop. 

Yesterday, it informed readers that Ya Libnan ("O Lebanon!") is an Iranian website. Those wily Iranians, apparently, are lurking everywhere.

Still, I'm not sure this beats that other Memri exclusive back in 2006 when they translated and republished an Arabic TV station's spoof interview with Saddam Hussein, imagining that it was genuine.

Posted by Brian Whitaker, 14 October 2010.