Hey, do you remember RECKLESS: NY Times Blames Sarah Palin for Giffords Shooting, GOP for Scalise Shooting? Remember when The New York Times claimed Sarah Palin was responsible for the Arizona shooting? In an OpEd claiming Bernie Sanders WASN’T responsible for the Alexandria shooting?
Sarah Palin ‘members. More importantly, so do her attorneys. Bring on the defamation lawsuit!
Former Alaska Governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin filed a lawsuit against the New York Times Tuesday over an editorial that tied her to the January 2011 shooting of an Arizona congresswoman.
Palin’s attorneys claim the paper defamed her in the June 14 editorial, published hours after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., was shot and wounded by a deranged man while Scalise was practicing with the GOP’s baseball team in Alexandria, Va.
“We have not reviewed the claim yet but will defend against any claim vigorously,” New York Times spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha told Fox News.
In case you’re feeling super thorough, here’s the actual lawsuit on paper. Feel warm and fuzzy yet?
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 27, 2017
Will she win? That one’s a toughie. What with The New York Times having their own attorneys, and Sarah Palin being a public figure. But having read the original article from The New York Times, it seems clear to at least me that Palin has a case. More than that, our friend Ben Shapiro at The Daily Wire had this to say when the original editorial from the Times crawled across the internet like a mentally challenged hunchback:
Palin may actually have a case for libel against The New York Times. The standard for libel is quite high in the United States – the plaintiff must prove actual malice if she is a public figure – but Palin might be able to reach it. That’s because the Times outright lied about her, blaming her for the attempted assassination of Gabby Giffords. The Times even suggested that there was stronger evidence linking Palin to assassin Jared Lee Loughner than there was evidence of leftist incitement leading to the attempted Congressional assassination.
Even if Palin doesn’t win this case, what she has done is fire a shot across the Times’ bow. You can see it from her house.
If we take seven steps back and look at the media’s behavior in recent times, we’re seeing a trend, yeah? Less concern with reporting the news, more concern with taking people out (in coverage, not literally with shovels or sharp objects) for no other reason than bias. No, this isn’t me saying we need to amend the First Amendment. The press is free to do exactly what it wants. The flip side is, when the press goes out of its way to target someone, like Sarah Palin here, it’s Palin’s right to push back.
Also, I just want the fight.