On Wednesday, a New York federal circuit judge rejected former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s defamation case against New York Times organization.
Free Beacon reports:
Palin brought the suit in June after the Times published an editorial that seemed to insinuate her political action committee’s advertisement caused the 2011 shooting of then-Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (D., Ariz.).
Judge Jed Rakoff said Tuesday that while the offending editorial contained a few factual inaccuracies, they did not rise to the level of defamation of a public figure, the Associated Press reported. He also noted the Times subsequently issued a correction.
The editorial, entitled “America’s Lethal Politics,” was written in the wake of the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R., La.) and others at a Republican congressional baseball team practice. It repeated a debunked claim that Giffords’ shooting was caused by a PAC ad showing crosshairs over her congressional district, and accused Palin of “political incitement.”
The Times subsequently corrected the editorial, writing it “incorrectly stated that a link existed between political rhetoric and the 2011 shooting of Representative Gabby Giffords. In fact, no such link was established.”
Palin’s lawsuit claimed the Times perpetuated a “fabricated story,” one which actively constituted defamation.
It is not yet clear if Palin will appeal the federal judge’s ruling.
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