Sarah Palin Suing NYT for Defamation
WASHINGTON, June 27, 2017 — Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has filed a lawsuit against the New York Times, claiming defamation. The lawsuit was filed in response to a New York Times editorial that ran that made it appear that Palin incited the 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords. The lawsuit states:
“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,”
“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.”
In the New York Times editorial the piece used images created by a PAC tied to Palin as an example of how vicious American politics can become.” The political action committee released a map of key electoral districts that put Giffords and other Democrats under cross hairs. Palin blasted the editorial on Facebook, calling it sickening.
The editorial was published just hours after a gunman opened fire on a group of Republican lawmakers practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game. The shooter seriously wounded Rep. Steve Scalise.
Following the uproar of the editorial, the New York Times made a correction, saying the political messaging by the PAC had no link to the 2011 shooting. The New York Times has said they will fight this suit. The correction did not make any reference to Palin making it woefully insufficient, according to the suit. Palin is seeking damages, which will be determined by a jury.