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

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

Former GOP Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has sued the over an editorial earlier this month that linked an ad for one of Palin's political action committees to the 2011 shooting of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

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 Times said it would "vigorously" fight the action. The Times issued a correction the next day stating that the article had mischaracterized the ad (it targets electoral districts, not specific Democratic lawmakers, as the article had previously claimed), and that "no such link was established".

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.

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is accusing The New York Times of defamation over an editorial that linked one of her political action committee ads to the mass shooting that severely wounded then-Arizona. The Times also corrected that statement, admitting that the crosshairs on the map targeted "electoral districts, not individual Democratic lawmakers".

"In fact, none mentioned Mrs. Palin or acknowledged that Mrs. Palin did not incite a deranged man to commit murder".

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"As the public backlash over The Times" malicious column mounted, it responded by 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", added the complaint, which seeks wide-ranging damages in a jury trial.

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.

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

However, the lawsuit says, "The Times should have apologized to Mrs. Palin".

The lawsuit also claims that the Times editorial board ignored news reports by its own reporters as well as staff columnists that stated that there was no link between Loughner and the Palin PAC mailings, and that Loughner acted because he was severely mentally ill.


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