Gabriel Arana is a senior editor at The American Prospect. His articles on gay rights, immigration, and media have appeared in publications including The Nation, Salon, The Advocate, and The Daily Beast. To contact him, visit his website.
On this week's podcast from The American Prospect: Monica Potts, Jamelle Bouie, and Tova Wang discuss Republican-backed attempts to pass voter-ID laws and how they end up disenfranchising poor and minority voters.
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The mark of a good journalist is the acuity -- and intellectual honesty -- to identify propaganda wherever it's coming from, and that's why one of my favorite pieces this year was Jamelle Bouie's Homegrown Mujahideen, which took on Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas for his hyperbolic comparison of the religious right in America to the Taliban.
It's not just that, as a liberal journalist, I have a soft spot for David-and-Goliath stories. It's that in this instance my instinct would be to join the histrionic voices equating American conservatives with the Taliban. Then I read Jamelle's piece:
Sen. Harry Reid returns gay-rights advocate Dan Choi's West Point ring, which Reid promised he would return after "don't ask, don't tell" was repealed. "Five months after I promised to repeal #DADT, I’m so happy to give back this West Point ring to @ltdanchoi," he tweeted.