HUH? New York Times Says Blaming SARAH PALIN For MASS SHOOTING Was An Honest Mistake?
I have made honest mistakes before. You know, like forgetting to return the movie to the video store or forgetting to renew the newspaper subscription. I’ve even forgotten to pick my kids up from school a time or two. Something like blaming someone for a mass shooting, let alone a public figure; there’s no way that falls under the oopsie category.
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.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.