Sarah Palin made good on her promise of “exploring options” on The New York Times by filing a lawsuit against the publication for defamation.
The former governor of Alaska filed documents in federal court Tuesday suing the Times for an editorial published earlier this month linking the 2011 shooting of Democrat Rep. Gabby Giffords with a debunked conspiracy theory involving Palin.
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 27, 2017
Palin had slammed the publication for its “sickening” piece, which the Times corrected after printing. She also tweeted that she was “talking to attorneys” about the smear piece.
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) June 15, 2017
“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 stated, according to The Daily Caller.
— @THETRUMPBUREAU (@THETRUMPBUREAU) June 28, 2017
“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 continued.
— Tennessee (@TEN_GOP) June 27, 2017
The papers filed by the former GOP Vice Presdential nominee state that the Times “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.”
The lawsuit accused the publication of “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 response to backlash and criticism. “In fact, none mentioned Mrs. Palin or acknowledged that Mrs. Palin did not incite a deranged man to commit murder.”
Palin is seeking a minimum of $75,000 in damages and claimed the editorial “exceeded the bounds of legality, decency and civility by publishing the false and defamatory column.”
Many on Twitter had encouraged Palin to pursue the legal action and applauded news of the lawsuit Tuesday.
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Sarah Palin is suing the NY Times for defamation & she has a great case. They maliciously published something they knew was false #FakeNews
— Righteous⚡Crusader (@Craftmastah) June 28, 2017
Sarah Palin sues NY Times over editorial tying her to Giffords shooting // Yellow journalism has consequences. https://t.co/wP0Bx2JZbG
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) June 28, 2017
And it’s only Tuesday. ?
— AuntieVodka (@AuntieVodka) June 28, 2017
— Colleen (@sportschef) June 28, 2017
— Sarah H. Sandiers (@SarahHSandiers) June 28, 2017
You Go Girl ????????
— Jeffery Myers (@jefferymyers) June 28, 2017
Stick it to them hard!
— Mark Click (@clickerr7045) June 28, 2017
Wonderful, Great Move Sarah. Its the Right Thing to do.!!
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