Sarah Palin Suing New York Times For Defamation Over False Editorial

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Former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is suing the New York Times for defamation.

Palin claims the newspaper published a false statement about her, which accused her of being connected to a 2011 mass shooting. On June 14 the New York Times published an editorial titled “America’s Lethal Politics,” which appeared to tie Palin to a 2011 mass shooting that seriously injured Congresswoman Gabby Gifford and killed 6 others.

Palin’s legal team claim the newspaper’s editorial deliberately tried to harm their client.  “The Times’ conduct was committed knowingly, intentionally, willfully, wantonly and maliciously, with the intent to harm Mrs. Palin.” The former Alaska governor’s lawyers said.

The Times’ displayed “blatant disregard of the substantial likelihood of causing her harm, thereby entitling Mrs. Palin to an award of punitive damages.” Their lawsuit added. Palin is being represented by Kenneth Turkel, Shane Vogt and S. Preston Ricardo in the suit.

The day after linking Palin’s rhetoric to the shooting, the Times’ published a correction and admitted that “no such link was established.”

The editorial made another incorrect claim that an ad from Palin’s political action committee put “Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs[sic].” The newspaper backtracked on that statement as well and said the crosshairs on the map represented targeted “electoral districts, not individual Democratic lawmakers.”

However, even after correcting their statements, Palin’s legal team claims the Times promoted the column all the while knowing the information was false, violating their own policies.

“The Times published and promoted its Editorial Board’s column despite knowing … the false assertion that Mrs. Palin incited [Tucson shooter Jared] Loughner to murder six people,” the suit added. “In doing so, the Times violated the law and its own policies.”

Palin is reportedly seeking more than $75,000 in damages.


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