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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Palin sues NYT (UPDATED)

Six years after the fact, the New York Times falsely and maliciously blamed Sarah Louise Palin for the shooting of Democratic Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. (Post updated at the end.)

The libel occurred in an editorial -- even though the New York Times itself had, in its news pages, reported that the shooter was a nutball who had nothing to do with Palin.

She's suing. And guess what? She has a case and she and her lawyers can have a field day in discovery and deposition.

From the Daily Caller:
“Mrs. Palin brings this action to hold The Times accountable for defaming her by publishing a statement about her that it knew to be false: that Mrs. Palin was responsible for inciting a mass shooting at a political event in January 2011,” Palin’s suit states.
“Specifically, on June 14, 2017, The Times Editorial Board, which represents the ‘voice’ of The Times, falsely stated as a matter of fact to millions of people that Mrs. Palin incited Jared Loughner’s January 8, 2011, shooting rampage at a political event in Tucson, Arizona, during which he shot nineteen people, severely wounding United States Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and killing six, including Chief U.S. District Court Judge John Roll and a nine-year-old girl.”
It goes on to state: “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. In fact, none mentioned Mrs. Palin or acknowledged that Mrs. Palin did not incite a deranged man to commit murder.”
The Daily Caller linked the lawsuit.

It is actionable. Deposing the New York Times editorial board, and poring through its files would be far more fascinating than reading through those 25,000 emails the Associated Press and others forced her to give up as governor.

Missus Palin's reputation not only was smeared by this editorial, but her lawyers should be able to show a continuing pattern of callous disregard for the truth regarding Sarah Plain and her family.

A successful lawsuit against a newspaper of this size would greatly improve the public discourse, toning the rhetoric down while forcing news organizations to do more thorough research before they publish opinion.

Good luck.

UPDATED: Breitbart has since reported that two of her lawyers -- Ken Turkel and Shane Vogt -- represented Hulk Hogan when he sued Gawker Media and won a case in which the sleazy web site posted a sextape of him.

Billionaire Peter Thiel fronted the money for the legal team.

Libel and slander are the media equivalent of a product liability or malpractice tort.

The New York Times deliberately and carelessly lied about her.

Pay up, pup.

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  1. I hope she gets to own the NYT. Then, to enhance its accuracy and impartiality, staffs it with the editorial staff of the National Enquirer.

  2. Well, good on ya, Sarah! Makes me smile! It's he'll when the rabbit has a gun😸

  3. Replies
    1. Only if she gives them a metaphorical goalie kick square to the groin.

  4. It would be most enjoyable to see some mad-dog lawyers biting the NYT's editorial board.

  5. Carlos Slim will seek an out of court settlement to keep those editorial files secure.

  6. Mr. T is notching up a buttload of wins, but I believe this battle will wind up being one of his most important, with Big D's book used in classrooms some day. To riff off Kubler-Ross, we are witnessing the four stages of The Media Rehabilitation:


    We're though with 1, entering the endgame of 2, and already seeing early evidences of 3, which Sarah's lawsuit will hasten. Submitting to the reality that your profession had deliberately chosen sides against the people, the deplorables. The institution is recoverable, but not without some serious Come To Jesus meetings. I'm actually pulling for this to happen, although there will be some pain involved.

    1. Love the Mr T reference.
      (wished someone dubbed the video to say Palin!)

  7. Pain for them. Satisfaction for us.


  9. They cannot look to Sullivan to protect them this time. Their malice is all over their pages.

    Go Sarah. It's past time for accountability for the lying liars and their lies.

  10. I love it when Republicans fight back. Both Sarah Palin and President Trump hopefully will give other repubicans the back bone they need.
    Did she not say "don't mess with Mama Grizzlie?"