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

28 June, 2017, 09:43 | Author: Mae Harvey
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Sarah Palin is suing the New York Times for defamation after the paper claimed that her PAC's ad caused the 2011 shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.

The defamation lawsuit (read it here) was filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court and referred to a June editorial about the mass shooting that recently wounded Louisiana GOP congressman Steve Scalise, liking it to the Giffords shooting. The editorial said there was a link between political incitement and the mass shooting in Arizona that severely wounded Representative Gabby Giffords and said that Ms. Palin's "political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs".

"The Times should have apologized to Mrs. Palin", she added. "The Times used its false assertion about Mrs. Palin as an artifice to exploit the shooting".

The correction, posted on June 16th, admitted that The Times "incorrectly described a map distributed by a political action committee before that shooting".

Palin, who emerged on the national political scene as running mate to John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, is seeking damages in an amount to be determined by a jury at trial.

"Moreover, The Times' false statements about the link between Mrs. Palin and the Loughner shooting stood in stark contrast to how The Times treated speculation about political motives behind Hodgkinson's rampage: The Times concluded that there was not a connection between Hodgkinson and his professed penchant for Democratic stances sufficient to warrant implicating Democrats or the Bernie Sanders campaign as inciting factors for Hodgkinson's attack".

Contrary to their statement, there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that Loughner ever saw that map, or that he was motivated by any political animus at all.

Palin's lawsuit also blasted The Times for not having "acknowledged that Mrs. Palin did not incite a deranged man to commit murder". Further, the lawsuit argues that the Times' Editorial Board and staff knew it was wrong in its claim because "the paper reported regularly about the case".

iMediaEthics has written to Palin's attorney for a copy of the lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims that the Times acted "with actual malice" in regards to Palin.

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