The Hill reports that the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin filed an appeal of her lawsuit against the New York Times. The appeal was filed on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in New York's Southern District.
It has been reported that Palin first filed her lawsuit in June. She claimed that the New York Times engaged in defamation, but despite her claims, she lost the ruling in August after a judge thought that her case was not convincing.
Palin was concerned with an opinion piece written by the paper's editorial board, directly linking the 2011 shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords to a political ad promoted by Sarah Palin. Apparently, the ad put Democratic districts up for re-election in a logo symbolizing crosshairs. "Though the editorial originally stated falsely that it showed the corresponding lawmaker's faces in the sights ahead," writes The Hill.
Palin, who was very offended by the piece, claimed that the New York Times had wrongly accused her of inciting a mass shooting. And not only did they wrongly accuse her, she said, but they also knowingly published information that they knew was false.
The Daily Beast writes that the paper's lawyers argued that seeing as the NYT issued a correction after it came to their attention that the op-ed was incorrect the errors were certainly unintentional. And given that the errors were unintentional, there can be no legal repercussions for such a mistake.
In 2011, Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot. The shooting seriously injured Representative Gabby Giffords and killed six other people, including a little girl who was only 9 years old. At the time, the New York Times was troubled with what they saw has "heated political rhetoric on the right."
At the time, the New York Times incorrectly wrote, "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 crosshairs."
The Hill writes that the NYT believes it made an honest mistake, but Palin disagrees. She thinks that there was malice in the error by the New York Times — something she was unable to demonstrate in court.
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