Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate, has launched a lawsuit against the New York Times, alleging defamation.
Her suit comes on the heels of a newspaper editorial board’s decision to write a piece that linked Palin’s political action committee to the 2011 shooting of then-congresswoman Gabby Giffords — a link that was never proven and for which the New York Times was forced to issue a retraction and apology.
Basically, the New York Times, in its June 14 editorial, smeared Palin as inciting the shooting. That claim was false; it was widely known and shown post-shooting that the man who fired at Giffords — and who killed and injured dozens of others — was mentally ill and infatuated with the then-congresswoman.
Palin, in her suit, said the New York Times knew this, but went ahead with its editorial that smeared her just the same.
More, from the Daily Caller:
“‘Mrs. Palin brings this action to hold The Times accountable for defaming her by publishing a statement about her that it knew to be false: that Mrs. Palin was responsible for inciting a mass shooting at a political event in January 2011,’ Palin’s suit states.
“‘Specifically, on June 14, 2017, The Times Editorial Board, which represents the ‘voice’ of The Times, falsely stated as a matter of fact to millions of people that Mrs. Palin incited Jared Loughner’s January 8, 2011, shooting rampage at a political event in Tucson, Arizona, during which he shot nineteen people, severely wounding United States Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and killing six, including Chief U.S. District Court Judge John Roll and a nine-year-old girl.’
“The lawsuit states that the paper ‘published and promoted its Editorial Board’s column despite knowing that the linchpin of its ‘sickening pattern’ of politically-incited shootings was the false assertion that Mrs. Palin incited Loughner to murder six people, among them a child and federal judge, and seriously wound numerous others.’
“It goes on to state: ‘As the public backlash over The Times’ malicious column mounted, it responded by making edits and ‘corrections’ to its fabricated story, along with half-hearted Twitter apologies–none of which sufficiently corrected the falsehoods that the paper published. In fact, none mentioned Mrs. Palin or acknowledged that Mrs. Palin did not incite a deranged man to commit murder.’
“Palin claims the editorial ‘exceeded the bounds of legality, decency and civility by publishing the false and defamatory column.'”
Palin wants at least $75,000 in damages from the newspaper.
Again, from the Daily Caller:
“In the NYT’s editorial, which has since been updated, the editors claimed there was a “clear” link to incitement between Jared Loughner’s attempted assassination of Giffords, and a map Palin had created that placed crosshairs over districts that Republicans needed to flip in the 2012 election. No such link exists.”
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