Sarah Palin is angry; very angry. Do you blame her though? The former Republican vice-presidential candidate has sued the New York Times for defamation of character. The popular newspaper is currently facing the courts after Palin’s claims that she was accused by said newspaper of supporting a mass shooting in a clear case of gun violence.
In the defamation case, Sarah Palin was angry that the newspaper published a statement about her that it “knew to be false”.
In respect to an editorial that appeared 14th June in said paper, Mrs. Palin took to the courts after the Times’s claims that she was tied to a 2011 shooting spree that left Congresswoman Gabby Giffords seriously wounded and six others dead in a show of gun violence that was almost unbelievable.
Palin is reportedly seeking more than $75,000 (£58,000) in damages.
The former Alaska governor’s lawyers are of the opinion that “The Times” conduct was committed knowingly, intentionally, willfully, wantonly and maliciously, with the intent to harm Sarah Palin”.
According to the lawsuit, the newspaper displayed “blatant disregard of the substantial likelihood of causing her harm, thereby entitling Mrs. Palin to an award of punitive damages“.
The legal action, filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, argues the publication “violated the law and its own policies“.
The editorial, headlined “America’s Lethal Politics”, was published on the day a gunman opened fire on Republican congressmen as they played baseball in Alexandria, Virginia, critically injuring a Louisiana legislator.
The article said an advert from Mrs. Palin’s political action committee had placed “Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs”.
A day later, the newspaper corrected its errors, noting that “no such link was established” between the Palin advert and the shooting of Gabby Giffords in Arizona.
The newspaper also conceded that the ad in question “depicted electoral districts, not individual Democratic lawmakers, beneath stylized cross hairs”.
The New York Times, however, claimed the error did not “undercut or weaken the argument of the piece“.
In response, Sarah Palin stated that the newspaper’s response “did not approach the degree of the retraction and apology necessary and warranted by The Times’s false assertion that Mrs. Palin incited murder”.
The spokeswoman for the New York Times – Danielle Rhoades Ha, then countered that: “We have not reviewed the claim yet but will defend against any claim vigorously.”
Mrs. Palin’s legal team includes Kenneth Turkel and Shane Vogt. The team represented Hulk Hogan in his lawsuit against Gawker Media Group. The Hulkster won $115m in the lawsuit.
In the aftermath of the 2011 gun violence, Sarah Palin thinks claims that she was somehow to blame for the Gabby Giffords shooting is a “blood libel”.
It can be recalled that there was a recent attack on Majority Whip Steve Scalise which left a couple dead and the politician injured
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