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

Sarah Palin (R) has sued The New York Times over an editorial she alleges defamed her by tying her to the 2011 shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, then a Democratic representative from Arizona.The defamation lawsuit revolves around an editorial piece that was published on the same day of the recent shooting at a congressional baseball practice (which injured House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others).It was absolutely absurd for the New York Times to drag up a long-debunked theory to smear Palin (and the right and Republican Party in general) for something she had absolutely nothing to do with.In the lawsuit, which was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Ms. Palin contends that The Times “violated the law and its own policies” when it linked her in an editorial to a mass shooting in January 2011. It depicted electoral districts, not individual Democratic lawmakers, beneath stylized cross hairs.Palin’s lawsuit also blasted The Times for not having “acknowledged that Mrs. Palin did not incite a deranged man to commit murder”.The correction, posted on June 16th, admitted that The Times “incorrectly described a map distributed by a political action committee before that shooting”.The lawsuit also points out that the newspaper, which clearly linked Palin to the 2011 shooting in Arizona by Jared Lee Laughter, oddly attempted to dismiss any connection between Hodgkinson’s politics and his attack in Virginia earlier this month, despite copious amounts of evidence to the contrary.It’s unclear whether the shooter ever saw or knew of Palin’s map.iMediaEthics has written to Palin’s attorney for a copy of the lawsuit.The lawsuit also pointed to a statement issued to CNN by Times editorial board member James Bennet, in which he stated in part, “we made an error of fact in the editorial and we’ve corrected it, but that error doesn’t undercut or weaken the argument of the piece”.The paper said Palin incited the shooting, which left congresswoman Gabby Giffords with a severe brain injury, through an ad from her PAC that put “Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs”. The initial editorial had claimed it was “clear” that Palin had created “political incitement” at that time.