Sarah Palin sues NY Times for linking her to Gabby Giffords shooting


Sarah Palin filed a lawsuit yesterday (June 27th) against The New York Times, the former 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and Alaska governor charging it with defamation over an editorial that linked one of her political action committee ads to the 2011 mass shooting in which then-Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was severely injured and six people were killed. The editorial ran earlier this month after a man opened fire on Republican members of Congress at a baseball practice, seriously injuring Rep. Steve Scalise.

In the editorial, called "America's Lethal Politics," the Times' editorial board included the Palin PAC's ad among examples of, quote, "how vicious American politics has become." Palin's lawsuit says that the editorial charged the ad incited the 2011 attack, which it said the Times knew wasn't true, including by writing that it put, quote, "Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs." The Times later issued a correction, saying the ad showed electoral districts, not individual Democratic lawmakers, under cross hairs, and noting that, quote, "no such link was established" between the ad and the shooting. But Palin's lawsuit said the correction and apology to readers was, quote, "woefully insufficient."

The Times said it will "vigorously" defend itself against the lawsuit.

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