Palin Sues New York Times for Its Fake News

  • 06/28/2017
  • Source: AAN
  • by: Remington Strelivo
Former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is taking on what she once dubbed the “lamestream media”—filing a lawsuit against The New York Times after they inaccurately linked her to a deadly shooting.

On June 14, The New York Times published an editorial about the shooting of Republican Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), where they incorrectly asserted that Sarah Palin’s rhetoric had been the cause of the 2011 shooting of former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The article claimed that Palin’s PAC had put “Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs” in an advertising.

The Times was forced to apologize and issue a correction, admitting they “got an important fact wrong”: that “no such link was established” between Sarah Palin’s ad and the shooting, which was never proven to be politically motivated. They were also forced to correct their assertion at the crosshairs, admitting that they targeted “electoral districts, not individual Democratic lawmakers.”

However, an apology doesn’t seem to be good enough for Palin.

"The Times used its false assertion about Mrs. Palin as an artifice to exploit the [Scalise] shooting," said an attorney for Palin, in the suit.

"The Times published and promoted its Editorial Board's column despite knowing ... the false assertion that Mrs. Palin incited [Giffords shooter Jared] Loughner to murder six people," the suit added. "In doing so, the Times violated the law and its own policies."

Palin is being represented by Kenneth Turkey, Shane Vogt, and S. Preston Ricardo—which is notable because Turkel and Vogt were part of the team that represented Hulk Hogan in his $115 million lawsuit against news site Gawker. The suit, which was eventually settled for $31 million, caused Gawker to shut down and sell off its subsidiary websites, and landed its founder in bankruptcy.

Palin’s lawsuit does not ask for a specific amount of damages, instead leaving that decision to a jury.
 Source: AAN
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