Good for her. As Brit Hume noted on Twitter, “To win, she’d have to prove the Times knew what it said was false or acted in reckless disregard of truth. High bar.” It is, but it’s doable, and it’s time we push back.

Via NY Post.

Former Governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is suing the New York Times for defamation over a recent editorial tying one of her political action committee ads to a 2011 mass shooting that severely wounded Arizona Democrat Gabby Giffords and killed six people, including a 9-year-old girl​, The Post has learned​.

The Manhattan federal court lawsuit, filed Tuesday by lawyers Kenneth Turkel, Shane Vogt and S. Preston Ricardo, accuse​s​ the Gray Lady of having “violated the law and its own policies” when it accused her — in a “fabricated story” — of inciting the 2011 attack by Jared Lee Loughner.

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.

The lawsuit is in direct response to The Times’ controversial June 14th editorial about the shooting of Representative Steve Scalise paper, which accused Palin of “political incitement” ahead of the 2011 shooting.

The paper said Palin incited th​​e shooting, which left ​congresswoman ​G​abby Gifford​s​ with a severe brain injury, through an ad from her PAC that put “Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs.”

In fact, the ad never put Giffords or any other individual in the cross hairs — forcing the newspaper of record to issue an embarrassing correction…

“Mrs. Palin brings this action to hold The Times accountable for falsely stating to millions of people that she, a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, who committed a substantial portion of her adult life to public service, is part of a pattern of ​’​lethal​’​ politics and responsible for inciting an attack that seriously injured numerous people and killed six, including a nine-year-old girl who, at that time, was the same age as Mrs. Palin’s youngest daughter,” the lawsuit ​reads.

Palin’s lawsuit also blasted The Times for not having “acknowledged that Mrs. Palin did not incite a deranged man to commit murder.”

“The Times should have apologized to Mrs. Palin,” she added.

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  1. Maynard says:

    Tammy quotes Brit Hume.

    To win, she’d have to prove the Times knew what it said was false or acted in reckless disregard of truth. High bar.

    Let’s turn that around. To win, the New York Times — the paper of record, the self-proclaimed bestest, most accuratest paper in the whole gosh darned universe — would have to assert its utter ignorance over the most fundamental facts of a yuge news event that, by odd coincidence, it had covered and been corrected for six years prior. To admit and assert that degree of ignorance and irresponsibility as the necessary defense against slander would be a sight to behold. We already know what they are, but are they going to not only admit it in public but shout it in the courtroom? Their dignity would preclude this option, would it not?

  2. Americanvln1 says:

    It would be in best interest of this news organization, to settle out of court before the honorable presiding Judge. Debating with the former Vice Presidential candidate on matters regarding the defaming of her character would only further support our POTUS assertion that all media produces “FAKE NEWS,” So, give the nice lady her money and, get the hell out of the courtroom.

    • Maynard says:

      No, they won’t settle, they’ll use every legal tactic to have the case dismissed. They’ll also give the case no coverage at all, so their followers won’t know it exists. If Palin eventually prevails, Fox people will be saying the NYT has been officially exposed for the lying rag we all know it to be, and NYT people will be ignorant of the event and assume the Fox people are delusional.

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