Sarah Palin’s Defamation Lawsuit Against New York Times Set to Begin

Sarah Palin's Defamation Lawsuit Against New York Times Set to Begin

( – Should journalists and the media be able to say whatever they want simply because they are the press? In recent years, the courts have allowed defamation lawsuits against the media. In 2020, Nick Sandmann settled a massive multi-million-dollar lawsuit against CNN for misrepresenting and smearing his name falsely as racist after a January 2019 confrontation with a dishonest Native American activist at the National Mall. Now, it’s former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s (R-AK) turn.

Palin is suing The New York Times for wrongly linking her name to the 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ). In 2017, the newspaper published an editorial linking a Palin political action committee advertisement advocating for the repeal of Obamacare. The writer showed crosshairs of Democratic congressional district maps and said the SarahPAC map had Giffords as a target. Manhattan District Court Judge Jed S. Rakoff said there was sufficient evidence to allow the defamation case to move forward.

Recently, Palin’s attorneys asked the judge to prohibit The New York Times from using exhibits about her over concerns it could taint the jury. The jury selection will begin on January 24, and the trial is set to kick off on February 1.

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