‘You go girl!’ Sarah Palin sues NY Times for defamation over editorial smear piece

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.

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.

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“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.

“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.

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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