Media Meltdown: Palin Slaps New York Times With Defamation Lawsuit
This was a bad week for the lying mainstream, Democrat media. CNN took the brunt of the punishment, with a one-two punch that included their botched story about a Trump associate and his supposed link to the Russia scandal followed by a damning James O’Keefe undercover video that showed a CNN producer admitting that the entire Russia story was “likely bulls**t.” But while CNN was licking its wounds and trying to find a way out of this self-created mess, The New York Times was confronted with the legal consequences of an editorial they ran in the aftermath of the Steve Scalise shooting.
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin filed a lawsuit against the Times on Tuesday, accusing them of defamation in relation to the editorial, which recklessly repeated a partisan urban legend that fact-checkers put to bed years ago.
On June 14, the Times’ Editorial Board wrote that the Alexandria, VA shooting fit a “sickeningly familiar pattern” of political violence that could be compared to Jared Loughner’s 2011 mass shooting – an attack whose victims included Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords.
“Before the  shooting, Sarah Palin’s political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs,” wrote the Times.
The connection between that map and Loughner’s insane actions is completely false. There was then and there remains no evidence to suggest that Loughner was even politically aware, much less that he saw the map in question. Furthermore, the map did not show Giffords herself under the cross hairs, only her district. And while liberals at the time cited this supposed connection for a few days, it has been widely known for years that it was never anything more than wild, irresponsible supposition.
After a round of intense criticism that was (surprisingly) not limited to conservative media, The New York Times issued a correction to their piece. Of course, a correction hardly undoes the damage of such a reputation-smearing suggestion, and there was no excuse for the paper to publish that garbage in the first place. The only reason it wound up in the editorial to begin with was so the Times could distance itself and the rest of the frothing liberal media from the Virginia shooting. “It’s not just liberals,” they practically whined. “Here look, it’s happened on the other side, too, guys…”
“Mrs. Palin brings this action to hold The Times accountable for falsely stating to millions of people that she, a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, who committed a substantial portion of her adult life to public service, is part of a pattern of ’lethal’ politics and responsible for inciting an attack that seriously injured numerous people and killed six, including a nine-year-old girl who, at that time, was the same age as Mrs. Palin’s youngest daughter,” the lawsuit states.
In a Facebook post after the editorial was run, Palin was even more direct in her response.
“With this sickening NYT’s editorial, the media is doing exactly what I said yesterday should not be done,” she wrote. “Despite commenting as graciously as I could on media coverage of yesterday’s shooting, alas, today a perversely biased media’s knee-jerk blame game is attempting to destroy innocent people with lies and more fake news.”
It appears that the 2016 election was not enough to make the liberal news media reconsider their approach to journalism.
Perhaps a few civil verdicts will.