Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Sarah Palin is suing The New York Times

Sarah Palin is suing The New York Times

Sarah Palin, former Republican vice presidential candidate, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against The New York Times after the publication connected her political action committee's map to the 2011 shooting of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

The editorial in question, entitled "America's Lethal Politics", came in the wake of the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R., La.) and others at a GOP baseball practice by a left-wing supporter of Sen.

In the lawsuit, they claim that "the Times conduct was committed knowingly, intentionally, willfully, wantonly and maliciously, with the intent to harm Mrs. Palin, or in blatant disregard of the substantial likelihood of causing her harm, thereby entitling Mrs. Palin to an award of punitive damages". The Times editorial focused on politically motivated violence against members of Congress, noting that James Hodgkinson, described as a Bernie Sanders supporter, targeted the lawmakers.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Times says the paper has yet to see the suit, but "will defend against any claim vigorously". It depicted electoral districts, not individual Democratic lawmakers, beneath stylized cross hairs.

Palin filed the lawsuit in NY federal court and seeks unspecified amount of damages.

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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.

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

It's unclear whether the shooter ever saw or knew of Palin's map.

In the stunning opinion piece from the New York Times editorial board, they said the crazed gunman Jared Loughner was influenced by a map with gun crosshairs above electoral districts.

"Mr. Bennet's statement demonstrates that, when it comes to Mrs. Palin, the Times is willing to operate with a purposeful avoidance of the truth - marked by a deliberate decision not to acknowledge facts confirming the falsity of its charges against Mrs. Palin", the lawsuit claims. "In doing so, the Times violated the law and its own policies".

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