Gabriel Arana is a senior editor at The American Prospect. His articles on gay rights, immigration, and media have appeared in publications including The New Republic, The Nation, Salon, The Advocate, and The Daily Beast.
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gay-rights advocate Dan Choi's West Point ring, which Reid promised he would return after "don't ask, don't tell" was repealed.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.
A follow-up on Gershom Gorenberg's piece last month about the plight of a young girl in the West Bank in need of medical attention.
At 10:03 on Monday morning, Osama Rusrus phoned from Beit Umar in the West Bank with wonderful news: His wife Sunya and daughter Dalal had crossed through the checkpoint into Jerusalem, on their way to Alyn Hospital.
It took nearly two months of wrangling with the Israeli authorities, especially a security agency that never signs its name.