Immediately following the shooting in Alexandria, VA that almost killed Rep. Steve Scalies, the New York Times ran a disgusting editorial that attempted to connect her to the shooting while also blaming her for the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.
It was reckless. It was shameful. And, most importantly, it was factually wrong.
The New York Times was forced to eventually retract the story. However, that wasn’t good enough. Palin sued the failing paper for defamation and it looks like she has a solid case.
Recently, we got a little taste of how the New York Times plans to navigate through their defense.
It’s pretty silly.
Jazz Shaw has the details…
From Hot Air:
We got a hint of their basic strategy this week when one of the Gray Lady’s attorneys showed up to ask for a dismissal. Their reason? Hey… mistakes happen, you know. (New York Post)
Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against The New York Times should be tossed because the paper made “an honest mistake” when it said she incited a 2011 shooting that severely wounded Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords and killed six people, a lawyer for the Gray Lady said on Friday.
“There was an honest mistake in posting the editorial,” lawyer David Schultz told Manhattan federal Judge Jed Rakoff.
Last week, Palin sued the Times over a June 14th editorial that stated there was a “direct” link between one of Palin’s PAC ads and the shooting by Jared Lee Loughner.
One can’t blame Schultz for trying, but the Post reports that Palin’s team was having none of it. One of her attorneys, Kenneth Turkel, argued that the editorial board couldn’t possibly claim ignorance of the facts or a simple error because they had run another story… literally the same day… which refuted what they’d written in the editorial.
Yeah sure. I mean, who hasn’t exactly accused someone of being responsible for a mass shooting?
We’ve all been there.
The New York Times could very well win this case but it is absolutely pathetic for them to pretend they didn’t know this was bogus.
It had been debunked many times over the past few years.
This was a calculated hit piece against Gov. Palin. Period.