Sarah Palin vs. NY Times: Lawsuit Over Shooting Editorial Teased
Sarah Palin is at odds with The New York Times and is talking lawsuit over a corrected editorial which initially suggested a connection between her political advertisement and the 2011 shooting of former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords.
On Thursday, The New York Times ran a correction to the editorial that mentioned Palin’s political ad. Giffords, a Democrat, was attending a “Congress on Your Corner” event at a Tucson grocery store when she was shot in the head by Jared Lee Loughner on Jan. 8, 2011, according to CNN.
Loughner killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Giffords that day. The Congresswoman recovered but eventually retired from the House, noted CNN.
The Times editorial said:
“Was this attack evidence of how vicious American politics has become? Probably. In 2011, Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl. At the time, we and others were sharply critical of the heated political rhetoric on the right. Before the shooting, Sarah Palin’s political action committee circulated a map that showed the targeted electoral districts of Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs. But in that case no connection to the shooting was ever established,” the corrected editorial read on Friday.
The correction to the editorial stated: “An editorial on Thursday about the shooting of Representative Steve Scalise incorrectly stated that a link existed between political rhetoric and the 2011 shooting of Representative Gabby Giffords. In fact, no such link was established. The editorial also incorrectly described a map distributed by a political action committee before that shooting. It depicted electoral districts, not individual Democratic lawmakers, beneath stylized cross hairs.”
Palin tweeted about the editorial, suggesting she was talking with attorneys about the article.
Before the Times correction, The Washington Post’s “Fact Checker” column said claims of Giffords’ shooting being linked to political rhetoric were called “bogus” three days after the 2011 shooting.
“We don’t play gotcha, and we appreciate when falsehoods are corrected,” wrote the Post’s Michelle Ye Hee Lee. “But this episode showed how pervasive this debunked talking point still is on the political left, and we wanted to set the record straight.”
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