Sarah Palin Suing the New York Times

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Sarah Palin sues The New York Times over Virginia shooting editorial

Sarah Palin (R) has sued The New York Times over an editorial she alleges defamed her by tying her to the 2011 shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, then a Democratic representative from Arizona.

The lawsuit comes after a June 14 New York Times editorial, titled "America's lethal politics", that argued the recent shooting of U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise was a product of America's fraught political and policy climate.

Palin, a former vice presidential nominee, says the newspaper published a statement about her in an editorial earlier this month that it "knew to be false".

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.

"Moreover, The Times' false statements about the link between Mrs. Palin and the Loughner shooting stood in stark contrast to how The Times treated speculation about political motives behind Hodgkinson's rampage: The Times concluded that there was not a connection between Hodgkinson and his professed penchant for Democratic stances sufficient to warrant implicating Democrats or the Bernie Sanders campaign as inciting factors for Hodgkinson's attack".

Palin is seeking damages to be determine by a jury, according to The Associated Press.

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"Today, Sarah Palin took a stand against The New York Times Company by filing a lawsuit which seeks to hold The Times accountable for stating that Governor Palin is part of a "sickeningly familiar pattern" of politically motivated violence and that she incited the horrific 2011 shooting of Representative Gabby Giffords", lawyers for Palin said in a statement.

iMediaEthics has written to Palin's attorney for a copy of the lawsuit.

The suit charges the newspaper's correction and apology to readers were "devoid of any reference to Mrs. Palin" and were "woefully insufficient".

However, the lawsuit says, "The Times should have apologized to Mrs. Palin".

The paper said Palin incited the shooting, which left congresswoman Gabby Giffords with a severe brain injury, through an ad from her PAC that put "Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs".

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