Sarah Palin sues New York Times over editorial


To illustrate the connection between Scalise's and Giffords' shooting, the original editorial noted that, before Giffords was shot, a political action committee associated with Palin "circulated a map that showed the targeted electoral districts of Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs".

The New York Times has published a piece that details how Sarah Palin is, well, suing the New York Times.

John McCain, filed a defamation lawsuit against the New York Times on Tuesday, saying the paper falsely accused her of inciting the near-fatal shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. "The Times used its false assertion about Mrs. Palin as an artifice to exploit the shooting".

Palin is seeking damages to be determined by a jury at trial, according to the New York Post.

Palin's suit argues that the Times' later edits and "half -hearted Twitter apologies" are insufficient, as "none mentioned Mrs. Palin or acknowledged that Mrs. Palin did not incite a deranged man to commit murder". It depicted electoral districts, not individual Democratic lawmakers, beneath stylized cross hairs.

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

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.

The editorial, attributed to the Times' editorial board and titled "America's Lethal Politics", initially linked Palin's rhetoric to the shooting that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including then-Rep.

Still, the Times said that the error did not "undercut or weaken the argument of the piece".

"Mr. Bennet's statement demonstrates that, when it comes to Mrs. Palin, the Times is willing to operate with a purposeful avoidance of the truth - marked by a deliberate decision not to acknowledge facts confirming the falsity of its charges against Mrs. Palin", the lawsuit claims. In the legal papers, Palin alleges that the newspaper included a harmful statement about her that it "knew to be false". "In doing so, the Times violated the law and its own policies".