Controversy Over Footnotes in Gaza
We figured that Joe Sacco’s latest graphic noverl Footnotes in Gaza would have it’s detractors. But the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) has issue has issues not only with Sacco’s work but also the New York Times review of the graphic novel.
CAMERA accuses both Sacco and reviewer Patrick Cockburn of anti-Israel bias and “antagonism towards Israel.” They go on to question the Times’s stance since it both ok’ed the review and Cockburn’s writing of it.
Sacco has admitted his sympathy for Palestinians and his attempt to show their side of the issue. CAMERA doesn’t quite make the case of Cockburns’ bias (only poor writing). CAMERA then goes onto praising the Wall Street Journal’s review as more balanced.
From their website CAMERA is described as:
Founded in 1982, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America is a media-monitoring, research and membership organization devoted to promoting accurate and balanced coverage of Israel and the Middle East. CAMERA fosters rigorous reporting, while educating news consumers about Middle East issues and the role of the media. Because public opinion ultimately shapes public policy, distorted news coverage that misleads the public can be detrimental to sound policymaking. A non-partisan organization, CAMERA takes no position with regard to American or Israeli political issues or with regard to ultimate solutions to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
As we’re fairly new to Sacco’s work we have all of his graphic novels on order or in our hands to read and will be providing our review of both his work on issues in the Middle East as well as his coverage of the Bosnian war.