So just below you have the Juan Cole and MEMRI story. After MEMRI threatened Cole with a lawsuit, he cried foul, suggested that Academic Freedom was at stake, and blasted the ethernet with his blog and emails suggesting people should contact MEMRI and complain.
By the way, Cole has just been elected as head of MESA (Middle Eastern Studies Association). This academic association, to which many active scholars studying and teaching modern Middle Eastern history, politics and society belong, seems to have taken a turn to the left in recent times. At least that’s what a couple of my sources, who were just at their annual meeting held in San Francisco, tell me. I guess Cole’s election cements that notion.
PS Check out MEMRI’s Reform section, it’s fascinating and clearly proves part of Cole’s claims to be false. 😉