Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

Sarah Palin sues paper for tying her PAC ad to mass shooting

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor Md Sarah Palin sues The New York Times over Virginia shooting editorial
Francis Olson | 28 June, 2017, 09:45

The Times stated in an editorial published after the attack on the Republican baseball team that Jared Lee Loughner, who attempted to kill Rep. Giffords and killed six others, was inspired by imagery and rhetoric on her site.

"As set forth in her Complaint, Mrs. Palin seeks to hold The Times to its November 13, 2016, pledge, and to face both journalistic and financial accountability for the false statements that it published about Mrs. Palin", the attorneys said.

Sarah Palin has sued The New York Times for defamation.

The suit, filed on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court, accused the Times of having perpetuated a "fabricated story" in claiming that Palin, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee, incited the attack, the NY lst reports. The Times editorial focused on politically motivated violence against members of Congress, noting that James Hodgkinson, described as a Bernie Sanders supporter, targeted the lawmakers.

"In fact, none mentioned Mrs. Palin or acknowledged that Mrs. Palin did not incite a deranged man to commit murder".

The Times's editorial repeated a past claim that an ad from Palin's PAC showed Giffords and 19 other Democrats under "stylized cross hairs", which they connected to the literal shooting of Giffords.

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Palin is seeking damages to be determined by a jury.

It's unclear whether the shooter ever saw or knew of Palin's map.

"Mr. Bennet's statement demonstrates that, when it comes to Mrs. Palin, the Times is willing to operate with a purposeful avoidance of the truth - marked by a deliberate decision not to acknowledge facts confirming the falsity of its charges against Mrs. Palin", the lawsuit claims.

Still, the Times said that the error did not "undercut or weaken the argument of the piece".

Should Palin prevail in her libel suit, it would mark the first time any entity has prevailed against the Times "since at least the early 1960s", according to a May 10 column written by Liz Spayd, the newspaper's former public editor.

Following the editorial's publication, Palin blasted the Times' actions as "sickening" and said the "media is doing exactly what I said. should not be done".

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