Tuesday, August 15, 2017

These Legal Minds And Major Web Sites Find Much To Consider With Palin VS New York Times

First published at Conservatives4Palin

"Can a housewife from Wasilla, Alaska prevail in a libel case against the liberal New York Times in front of a Federal Judge appointed by Democratic president Bill Clinton in overwhelmingly Democratic New York?'

I wrote the above as part of an article on July 28th, three days before Judge Rakoff was to make his decision on whether Governor Palin's libel case could proceed to jury trial which I, frankly, thought was a purely rhetorical question as the claim proceeding seemed unlikely given venue, defendant, judge.

However Judge Rakoff surprised many perhaps by ruling that he would consider the matter further and would rule at the end of August. What seems an insurmountable block to the expected quick dismissal is the fact that the New York Times printed that Palin was connected to the shooting of Gabby Giffords when on the same day they ran an article advising she had no connection whatsoever.

No matter how any judge in any venue leaned towards the Gray Lady to dismiss the complaint under those circumstances would seem unseemly, to say the least. Where we are now is that Judge Rakoff has given the Palin team leave to call any or all of the Times staff connected with their editorial for cross examination (but, perhaps significantly has disallowed discovery) New York Times editorial page editor James Bennet will testify at a court hearing.
It seems clear that the only defense The Times has is that they are so significant that they don't read their own paper before writing something they had to retract. Common sense says this is insupportable but acting dumb may prove not to be a crime and may give the judge an escape.
If that eventuates, as with the establishment in the dock the odds are in their favor, Palin will have won a major victory in the court of public opinion and the Times will look foolish and of course appeal to a higher court would be open.
As would be expected with all things Palin there has been much media coverage including, no doubt to their chagrin even from the New York Times itself. The basic summary of the new rulings from Judge Rakoff has been set out by The New York Daily News without commentary.
Trained professional legal minds, and informed commentators have not be so reticent and a selection shows, to my mind, a common view that Palin's case on moral and common sense grounds is clear, but that the defendant, and the judge,also have a clear path to dismissal. Hopefully justice is blind, if not in New York then at the Supreme Court if required.
Noted legal mind Prof. William A. Jacobson who runs the 'Legal Insurrection' website commented;

"The Court just issued an unusual order on a motion to dismiss...The Order is unusual because normally motions to dismiss are decided on the papers, and the court must determine all reasonable inferences in favor of the non-moving party (Palin, here). One of the key factual allegations in the Complaint is that the NY Times was aware that Palin’s map had nothing to do with the Giffords shooting, because prior NY Times articles so stated. So, by inference, the authors of the Editorial ignored information available at the NY Times itself. 
 The Judge appears to be requiring not just imputed knowledge of prior NY Times articles, but actual knowledge by the authors of the Editorial in order to find a reasonable inference of actual malice. That the Judge says the issue is a “close question” based on the pleadings demonstrates that if Palin survives the motion to dismiss, it will turn on who knew what, and when.
Palin’s attorneys will seek not only to demonstrate actual knowledge, but also such reckless disregard for the truth as to establish actual malice. How could the authors of the Editorial not at least do a search of the NY Times itself? And as to the members of the Editorial Board in whose name the Editorial appeared, but who may not have been “authors” of it, why should their knowledge or lack thereof be ignored.
Make no mistake, however, this is a gift to Palin’s team. They get what they normally are not entitled to at this stage — testimony. That testimony, though limited in time, could be a goldmine of information.Media defendants usually win these motions to dismiss on the papers. That the Times has not yet done so should give the Palin team encouragement.
Huffington Post, no friend of Palin's to the extent they dredged up a Palin/Couric interview from 9 years ago postulated;
"Palin, a public figure, has to prove the Times acted with malice to defame her ― a legal threshold much higher than simply a good-faith mistake."
John Sexton at Hot Air opined;

Let’s just step back and admire this situation for a moment. One or more editorial writers at the NY Times, the folks who speak with the paper’s voice of authority on every subject you can imagine, will plead with a judge to believe they did not know the basic facts of a story they were writing about, including facts reported in their own paper! The Times’ defense is: We so dumb. 
 I find this indescribably delicious, especially given that it was Paul Krugman who used his perch at the NY Times to lead this false charge against Palin back in 2011. There were certainly many who echoed him at the time, but Krugman was the most high profile voice making this claim after the shooting. In fact, if the editorial writers are asked to explain where they got the dumb idea that Palin had been definitively linked to the Tucson shooting, the most likely explanation will be that they got the idea from Paul Krugman. There’s a certain justice to having the paper that mainstreamed this lie face the music over it, albeit belatedly.

Will the judge believe that NY Times editorial writers are ignorant rubes who don’t read their own paper? I won’t guess at the outcome, but I will say that the author(s) certainly wrote as if the facts were crystal clear.Either the author of this piece was a malicious liar or he/she is too ill-informed to be writing editorials for a newspaper. Either way, it looks pretty bad for the NY Times and quite possibly for the future employment of the author(s). It also makes one wonder what other things the NY Times editorial board opines about without a complete familiarity with the facts."

John Hinderaker at PowerLine is scathing;

'You Heard It Here First: NY Times Editors Deny Reading Their Own Newspaper'

I wrote here that Palin has a strong case, despite the extraordinary burden of proof imposed on public figures who sue for defamation. This is true, in part, because the Times’s own reporting debunked the idea that Palin had anything to do with Laughlin’s murders (which was a crazy idea in the first place). I wrote:

Ms. Palin can make a strong argument that the Times editorialists knew that their smear was a lie, based on reporting done by the Times itself. (The editorialists’ defense likely will have to be that they don’t read their own newspaper.)
That last observation was prophetic. The Times’s lawyers have moved to dismiss Palin’s case on the ground that her complaint fails to state a claim. This means that even if you assume everything in the complaint is true, she still doesn’t have a case. In response to that motion, the presiding judge, Jed Rakoff, has ordered an evidentiary hearing. You can read his order here. Judge Rakoff writes that whether Palin has sufficiently alleged actual malice is a “close question.” I disagree, I think her complaint is plainly sufficient. But Judge Rakoff continues:
[T]he Complaint alleges that the allegedly false statements of fact that are the subject of the Complaint were contradicted by information already set forth in prior news stories published by the Times. However, these prior stories arguably would only evidence actual malice if the person(s) who wrote the editorial were aware of them. This is information peculiarly within the knowledge of defendant; but on it arguably depends the reasonableness vel non of inferring actual malice.
So, as I predicted, the Times won’t admit that its editors read their own paper. Judge Rakoff’s order requires the Times to produce for depositions all people who were involved in writing the editorial, so that Palin’s lawyer can ask them under oath whether they knew about the paper’s reporting on Jared Laughlin’s crime.

The interrogation will take place in front of Judge Rakoff, who may ask questions of his own.
Be that as it may, the Times editorialists have no choice but to testify that they wrote their editorial blaming Sarah Palin for an insane person’s murders without even bothering to check their own paper to see what news about the shootings had been reported. The context is macabre, but it will be highly entertaining to read the Times editorialists’ depositions when they are made public."

Breitbart which one would expect to be strongly gung ho for Palin is instead very precise in setting out the details of the upcoming court battle, perhaps Steve Bannon's White House position makes a slightly distant approach more seemly.

However there are no such constraints in the comment section where the armchair lawyers vent obviously happily.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017




Hyperlink Looms 

Large in Palin Fight With NY Times;

— During 90 minutes of sharp questioning Monday, a federal judge asked why a New York Times editorial tying Sarah Palin to a mass shooting appeared to be contradicted by a hyperlink posted in its online version.


Federal Judge Jed  Rakoff today reserved his decision in the Palin vs New York Times slander lawsuit until the end of August. This is highly significant on many levels.
Firstly the challenge, even before the case commenced was, on the face of it, massive;
“Can a housewife from Wasilla, Alaska prevail in a libel case against the liberal New York Times in front of a Federal Judge appointed by Democratic president Bill Clinton in overwhelmingly Democratic New York?”

Secondly the barrier to a successful suit for slander has been insurmountable since “New York Times vs Sullivan”
“But Palin’s lawsuit is different.  Why?  Because the newspaper’s own published stories demonstrate that the editorial it ran was false.  A reasonable journalist would know it was false.  You’d have to be a complete idiot not to know it.”

Clearly Judge Rakoff, even though beloved by the radical leftists Matt Taibbi is no idiot and no matter what his subsequently ruling is the fact that he did not summarily dismiss Palin’s case is of much significance. This lack  of dismissal shows that “Sullivan” if not breached, has been scaled to some degree.
On the other hand what is Indicative of a dismissal later this month is the judge sees no reason why discovery should go forward at this time

Even if the case is dismiss under “Sullivan” in August the fact that it went to a reserved decision gives solid ground for appeal up to the Supreme Court with it’s now conservative majority. This may give the NY Times legal team even further cause for considering a settlement.
Indeed, the New York Times legal team has some hard thinking to do now. 

Do they take a chance that Judge Rakoff allows the case to go to a jury trial where there would then be the possibility of a multi-million dollar award against the newspaper or do the go for a settlement out of court with a payment and an apology. The latter may seem to be the safest course for the paper unless they are utterly confident the judge will rule for dismissal. The fact that he did not do so initially may give them pause.

Judge Rakoff’s background may give them further pause for thought especially as “Palin’s legal team has served notice that she plans to subpoena “twenty-three non-party current and former Times reporters, editors and other employees — most of whom had nothing to do with the editorial at issue.”The subpoenas are part of Palin’s effort to obtain “documents that might reveal, among other things, their ‘negative feelings’ toward her,” the Times told the judge”

Given this background, the venue and the Establishment on trial that Judge Rakoff reserved his decision Palin may indeed end up winning at a higher court.

”He's a judicial activist who ruled the death penalty unconstitutional in 2002, and was overturned by the Appeals Court. The New York Times said some very nice things about him in regard to that case. From Wikipedia:

The New York Times called the ruling "a cogent, powerful argument that all members of Congress - indeed, all Americans - should contemplate".
Last year Rakoff ruled that transgender kids under 18 cannot be denied medicaid coverage for hormone therapy and transition surgery. The NYT called that ruling a "health care milestone."
Groundbreaking Decision in Cruz v. Zucker

Also last year he wrote a piece in the New York Review of Books decrying the lack of access for average citizens to the courts in ordinary lawsuits because of the costs involved. Of course the Palin case is a whole different situation.

Why You Won’t Get Your Day in Court
I haven't been able to find anything about his thoughts on the case law surrounding New York Times v. Sullivan, the landmark ruling in cases such as Palin's.

Rakoff is a leading authority on the securities laws and the law of white collar crime, and has authored many articles on the topic, as well as leading treatises on RICO and corporate sentencing. 

Speaking about the federal mail fraud statute, Rakoff wrote, "To federal prosecutors of white-collar crime, the mail fraud statute is our Stradivarius, our Colt .45, our Louisville Slugger, our Cuisinart -- and our true love. We may flirt with other laws and call the conspiracy law 'darling,' but we always come home to the virtues of [mail fraud], with its simplicity, adaptability, and comfortable familiarity. It understands us and, like many a foolish spouse, we like to think we understand it."[14] 

Judge Rakoff is also co-editor, with Judge Leonard B. Sand, and others, of Modern Federal Jury Instructions.

Rolling Stone magazine Matt Taibbi wrote in 2011, "Federal judge Jed Rakoff, a former prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's office here in New York, is fast becoming a sort of legal hero of our time."[15]
In addition to pushing back against what he has described as superficial punishment by the SEC for companies accused of fraud, Rakoff has held the federal death penalty unconstitutional, sharply criticized the U.S. sentencing guideline, inserted himself into corporate governance reform at WorldCom, and pushed for the public release of documents.[16][17]

He is well-known among lawyers for showing little patience with delays and moving cases along rapidly. The judge says he feels bad taking lawyers and others to task, but he saw in private practice how delays and gamesmanship made the American legal system too slow and expensive for the average person. "The price of being a nice guy is too high—much too high—in terms of the system of justice", Rakoff added.[18]

14. Jed S. Rakoff, The Federal Mail Fraud Statute (Part 1), 18 Duq. L. Rev. 771 (1980)
15. Matt Taibbi,"Finally, a Judge Stands up to Wall Street", Rolling Stone, November 7, 2011.
16. Rothfeld, Michael (2011-11-09). "No Mr. Nice Guy—Just Ask Wall Street". WSJ. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
17. Louise Story, "Plain Talk From Judge Weighing Merrill Case", The New York Times, August 23, 2009.
18. Rothfeld, Michael (2011-11-09). "No Mr. Nice Guy—Just Ask Wall Street - WSJ". Online.wsj.com. Retrieved 2016-12-10.

 H/T "Al B"

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Desperate Dem Days;GOP 9 For 9 After Trump's Election

After Barack Obama's election in 2008 the Democratic party commenced an historic losing streak slide in elections across every major category. the worst in nearly a century.

When Obama took office, there were 60 Democratic senators; now there are 46. The number of House seats held by Democrats has shrunk from 257 to 188.
There are now nine fewer Democratic governors than in 2009. Democrats currently hold fewer elected offices nationwide than at any time since the 1920s.

The grand total: a net loss of 1,042 state and federal Democratic posts, including congressional and state legislative seats, governorships and the presidency. 

Here is how President Trump's record has turned out so far in respect of elections for major offices in GOP held seats since his November win, this despite seven months of unrelenting media attacks and supposed "low approval" polls:

June 20th 2017: Georgia's 6th Congressional district. After local and especially outside Dem groups spent an astounding $29,000,000 plus to get a win, any win, against President Trump. 

Their choice, a candidate, Ossoff, who couldn't even vote for himself, with nine times as many donors from his home state of California than from Georgia, lost. The Republican, Karen Handel, won by just under 4 points in a district Trump only won by 1 point.

The media meme ran from "This is a referendum on Trump to "It was a partial referendum." Whichever it was, Trump won handily.

June 20th 2017: South Carolina's 5th Congressional District special election. Republican Ralph Norman defeated Democratic challenger Archie Parnell by just over 3  points. Parnell's pitch of being "A new kind of Dem who can think for himself" did not bring the reward he hoped for.The result for the GOP was hugely down from Tom Price's 2016 win but the turnout of 86k (Dem 41k) compared to 273k shows the motivation on both sides was not there.

May 25th 2017: Greg Gianforte comfortably won the special election for Montana's sole congressional seat. This after continuous media attacks on him and the Trump teams supposed Russia ties and a clear provocation by an ultra-lib reporter to the GOP's candidate which led to charges of assault.

May 16th 2017 Kay Kirkpatrick won Georgia's State Senate for District 32 with 57% of the vote. Her 13 point margin was the same as Trump's margin in the district last November.

On May 10th Omaha Nebraska's Republican Jean Stothert "easily won re-election over Heath Mello with 53% of the vote in the mayoralty election "It was another brutal loss for (fractured) Democrats – who couldn’t even win in a big Midwestern city"

On April 11th Ron Estes won the special election in the 4th Congressional District of Kansas with 53% of the vote 

12/10/16 John Kennedy wins the open senate seat from Louisiana in the first major electoral test following Donald Trump's win with near 61% of the vote.

On the same day Mike Johnson won Louisiana's 4th Congressional District with 65% of the vote

and Clay Higgins won Louisiana's 3rd Congressional District with 56% of the vote

Some campaigns did less well for the GOP than preceding wins, but that is of course to be expected in off-year elections with lower turnout and and enraged opposition, but unlike the Obama years for example the GOP still won every election too date.

The Democrat's seem to have learned nothing from their presidential election loss and still run an "Trump is evil"/"Russia" without offering clear proposals to deal with America's issues.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Retribution-Exoneration;102 Linked Media Articles Attack N Y Times For Palin Smear


New York Times Forced to Recant 'Urban Legend' Against Republicans

CBN News - ‎5 hours ago‎
Thursday's editorial said that Gifford's shooting was incited by materials from Sarah Palin's political action committee, an allegation that the Times itself reported was unfounded in the weeks after the 2011 attack. "The Times has a really disturbing ...

NY Times infuriates just about everyone for reviving debunked Palin, Giffords story in response to Alexandria

BizPac Review - ‎11 hours ago‎
The Times' editorial board featured an op-ed on Wednesday that went back to the 2011 shooting of Democrat Rep. Gabby Giffords and a long debunked conspiracy theory involving former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. “In 2011, when Jared Lee Loughner opened ...

What Happened the Last Time a Congress Member Was Shot

POLITICO Magazine - ‎Jun 14, 2017‎
A political mailer from former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin that had put Giffords's name in crosshairs had become the touchstone for a debate about changing the tone of political debate. Representative John Dingell (D-MI) spent his time at ...

New York Times Called Out For Lying About Palin After Alexandria Shooting

Western Journalism - ‎11 hours ago‎
The New York Times peddled blatant falsehoods about former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin on Wednesday in an attempt to connect the 2011 shooting of former Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., to Wednesday's shooting of GOP lawmakers at a baseball field in ...

To New York Times, Bipartisanship Means Blaming GOP When Both Democrats And Republicans Are Shot

The Federalist - ‎15 hours ago‎
Sarah Palin came in for particular condemnation by the media. Why? Well, although there is literally zero evidence that Jared Loughner ever saw it, Palin's political action committee had drawn a map that targeted certain congressional seats for campaigns.

Left Denies Responsibility for Rhetoric in Wake of Scalise Shooting

LifeZette - ‎17 hours ago‎
Their sole piece of evidence was that Sarah Palin's website produced a map of 20 Democratic congressional districts that Palin believed Republicans could win in upcoming elections. The map depicted crosshairs over the 20 districts, one of which was ...

'We're sorry': New York Times issues correction to editorial after controversy

Hartford Business - ‎3 hours ago‎
Gabby Giffords to a map circulated by Sarah Palin's political action committee which showed certain electoral districts under crosshairs. "An earlier version of this editorial incorrectly stated that a link existed between political incitement and the ...

Both the Left and the Right Wink at Political Violence

Bloomberg - ‎10 hours ago‎
After the shooting of Representative Gabby Giffords, for example, Sarah Palin caught a great deal of grief because she had tweeted out an image of a map with crosshairs on certain congressional districts, including Giffords's. The tweet urged “Don't ...

About that New York Times Editorial

National Review - ‎7 hours ago‎
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 ...

Finley: In shooting of GOP rep, blame only the shooter

The Detroit News - ‎Jun 14, 2017‎
Gabby Giffords' was shot in a Tucson parking lot, Democrats and media pundits rose immediately to pin the blame on the tea party, Sarah Palin, conservative talk show hosts and any Republican who had ever uttered a harsh political word. Palin, the ...

New York Times ripped for editorial after Scalise shooting

Fox News - ‎17 hours ago‎
Let's see," New York Post editor John Podhooretz tweeted. Ben Dreyfuss, a senior editor at Mother Jones, tweeted, "This NYT editorial is, in fact, stupid. Palin didn't make that loon shoot Gabby Giffords. "Rhetoric" didn't make today's whacko shoot ...

New York Times Hits a New Low

Power Line (blog) - ‎12 hours ago‎
That's because there was no connection between political rhetoric or the “targets” on Sarah Palin's PAC map and the Giffords shooting. The shooter, Jared Loughner, was a mentally deranged person whose politics, if he could be said to have had any at ...

Bernie Sanders Links Political Rhetoric to Violence When 'Right-Wing,' Not When Perpetrated by His Own Volunteer

Reason (blog) - ‎Jun 14, 2017‎
Congresswoman Giffords publicly expressed concerns when Sarah Palin, on her website, placed her district in the cross-hairs of a rifle – and identified her by name below the image – as an encouragement to Palin supporters to eliminate her from Congress.

NYT Corrects Editorial: 'No Such Link' Between 'Incitement,' Giffords Shooting

TPM - ‎10 hours ago‎
Finally, after the sentence “Before the shooting, Sarah Palin's political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs,” the corrected post adds another ...

Virginia Shooting Was Left-Wing Terrorism

PJ Media - ‎11 hours ago‎
Six and a half years ago, when a crazed gunman opened fire at a constituent meeting in a supermarket parking lot in Tucson, Arizona, the liberal media collectively blamed a "climate of hate" fomented by Sarah Palin and the tea party for the bloodshed.

Krauthammer On GOP Shooting: This Is What Happens When You Say The Republic Will Not Survive

RealClearPolitics - ‎3 hours ago‎
JOHN ROBERTS, FOX NEWS: In the middle of this, Charles, an editorial in The New York Times which again repeated the much-discredited meme that a Sarah Palin ad was responsible for the Gabby Giffords shooting. So even the media is in on this game ...

Flashback: Bernie Sanders Fundraises off Giffords Shooting, Says Republicans 'Need to Do More'

Breitbart News - ‎22 hours ago‎
In the wake of the 2011 Tucson, Arizona, shooting, which left Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords in critical condition and six people dead, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders sent out a fundraising email blaming “right-wing reactionaries” such as Sarah Palin for ...

Thinking About Incitement

Creators Syndicate - ‎9 hours ago‎
Gabby Giffords, was more incited by Sarah Palin than James Hodgkinson had been by his diet of political extremism. Actually, there is no evidence that the mentally ill Loughner had ever been influenced by Palin's "target map" of districts, and by ...

The NY Times and the Guy Hunting the GOP: Latest in a Long History of Fake News

NewsBusters (blog) - ‎10 hours ago‎
Before the shooting, Sarah Palin's political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs.” This is a lie. A lie that was thoroughly disproven...in 2011 ...

Who's to blame for political violence?

Los Angeles Times - ‎9 hours ago‎
The 2011 shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords led to an orgy of Republican-blaming, mostly based on the fact that Sarah Palin had released a map of 20 vulnerable Democratic districts with a set of crosshairs to mark each target. Never mind that ...

If Liberals Held Equal Standards For Shootings, They'd Blame Themselves For Alexandria

The Federalist - ‎10 hours ago‎
... from the right.” At Media Matters, Eric Boehlert condemned the “tide of hateful, insurrectionist rhetoric that too many conservatives refuse to condemn.” And Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas simply tweeted: “Mission accomplished, Sarah Palin.” ...

NYT Issues Correction for Revisiting Gabby Giffords Conspiracy

Townhall - ‎11 hours ago‎
Sarah Palin. It wasn't. An FBI investigation, whose findings were revealed last year, found that Jared Lee Loughner was a disturbed young man who may very well have been obsessed with Giffords. His social media postings suggested he was undergoing a ...

The blurry line between violent talk and violent action

Hot Air - ‎5 hours ago‎
Now it's the GOP's turn. “I can only hope that the Democrats do tone down the rhetoric,” said New York Republican Congressman Chris Collins after the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and five others at an Alexandria, Virginia baseball field.

New York Times publishes despicable lies to soften its own culpability for left-wing violence

American Thinker (blog) - ‎11 hours ago‎
With such obvious culpability, the Times is forced to lie and claim that the problem is with the tone of politics, something for which both parties share responsibility, and the proof is that Jared Laughner was inspired by Sarah Palin to shoot Rep ...

Does big government feed violence epidemic?

The Register-Guard - ‎2 hours ago‎
When then-Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot by Jared Lee Loughner in 2011, the media went into paroxysms of finger-pointing sanctimony, insisting that a map Sarah Palin had posted on Facebook was to blame because it had crosshairs drawn over ...

New York Times Lies About Gun Laws To Excuse Leftist Violence

The Federalist - ‎12 hours ago‎
in 2011, Jared Lee Loughner, was driven to act by Sarah Palin. It wasn't enough for the editorial board to claim without evidence that the shooter in Alexandria was “deranged” in order to relieve him of responsibility for his own actions and avoid ...

Commentary: The Shooter Alone – Not Politics, Not Rhetoric – Is Responsible

Fox News - ‎Jun 14, 2017‎
When Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot and seriously wounded outside of a supermarket in her Arizona district six years ago, some on the Left raced to pin the blame on conservatives. It was our vitriolic rhetoric against President Obama and his party.

Impassioned Political Speech Doesn't Turn Anyone Into a Killer

National Review - ‎Jun 14, 2017‎
It feels like a none-too-subtle effort to shift public ire towards a convenient scapegoat, like Sarah Palin's Facebook page, heavy metal music, violent movies and video games, nutty conspiracy theories about child trafficking in pizzerias, etcetera ...

Shooting is latest eruption in grim ritual of rage — and blame

The Seattle Times - ‎13 hours ago‎
Sarah Palin, the former vice-presidential candidate, drew sharp criticism for having posted a graphic online that showed crosshairs over the districts of several members of Congress, including that of Giffords, though no connection to the crime was ...

Flashback: Bernie Sanders Fundraised Off the 'Right-Wing Reactionaries' Behind Gabby Giffords' Shooting

Breitbart News - ‎Jun 14, 2017‎
ABC News quoted Sanders in 2011, as he said, “Nobody can honestly express surprise that such a tragedy finally occurred.” He cited previous examples of vandalism against Giffords' congressional office in Arizona and Sarah Palin's “Crossshairs” map.



Sarah Palin Considering Suing New York Times for Libel

Breitbart News - ‎9 hours ago‎
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is considering suing the New York Times for libel after the Times published a Wednesday editorial falsely accusing her of inciting Jared Lee Loughner to shoot Rep. Gabby Giffords in 2011 even though it has long been ...

Sarah Palin is Talking to Lawyers over New York Times Article; Here's How Her Case Would Look

LawNewz - ‎1 hour ago‎
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she's talking to attorneys because of an inaccurate New York Times editorial. If it ever came to it, does she have a viable libel claim against the outlet? This all started with a Wednesday article, where the ...

New York Times Corrects Editorial That Linked Sarah Palin to Gabby Giffords' Shooting

Newsweek - ‎4 hours ago‎
The New York Times has printed a correction underneath an editorial that suggested political incitement from Sarah Palin was linked to the 2011 shooting of Representative Gabby Giffords in Tucson. The paper's correction was written after an editorial ...

Following Editorial Correction, Sarah Palin Considering Legal Action Against New York Times

TVNewser - ‎10 hours ago‎
Before the shooting, Sarah Palin's political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs. Today this correction: An earlier version of this editorial ...

New York Times corrects editorial that drew huge backlash for blaming Sarah Palin in Gabby Giffords' shooting

Business Insider - ‎11 hours ago‎
REUTERS/Eric Thayer. The New York Times corrected an editorial on Thursday that suggested the man who shot Rep. Gabby Giffords was inspired by an ad former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's political action committee sent putting a target on Giffords' district.

Palin Lambastes 'Sickening' NY Times Editorial as Paper Issues Correction

Fox News Insider - ‎9 hours ago‎
Sarah Palin (R) ripped the New York Times for a "sickening" editorial which falsely blamed her for inciting the shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) in 2011. The opinion piece put forth the since-debunked claim that a map sent to supporters by Palin ...

What the NYT Missed When It Got the Palin-Giffords Story So Very Wrong

Slate Magazine (blog) - ‎8 hours ago‎
The New York Times editorial board screwed up a 6-year-old story on Wednesday. It wasn't a small story, either. They attacked Sarah Palin for a crime she didn't commit—influencing Gabby Giffords shooter Jared Lee Loughner. They did miss another target ...

Sarah Palin Considering Libel Lawsuit Against New York Times

Townhall - ‎11 hours ago‎
Former Gov. Sarah Palin appears to be seriously considering a libel case against The New York Times. The Times published an editorial Wednesday night in which they revisited a conspiracy theory regarding the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in ...

NYT Columnists Admit Their Paper Smeared Sarah Palin

The Daily Caller - ‎11 hours ago‎
In a column that ran in Thursday's paper, the NYT used the shooting of Republican Rep. Steve Scalise to again blame Sarah Palin for the 2011 shooting of Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords. Giffords was shot by a schizophrenic man who was not a fan of Palin ...

Sarah Palin may sue New York Times for tying her to Gabby Giffords shooting

Washington Examiner - ‎10 hours ago‎
Sarah Palin indicated on Thursday that she might sue the New York Times over editorial that suggested she was in some way responsible for the 2011 shooting of then-Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords. "Commonsense suggestion by a journalist, am talking to ...

Sarah Palin Threatens Lawsuit Against New York Times for 'Libel and Slander'

Washington Free Beacon - ‎9 hours ago‎
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R.) tweeted Thursday that she is considering legal action against the New York Times for an op-ed that seemed to blame her for the shooting of former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D., Ariz.). "In 2011, when Jared Lee Loughner ...

No evidence Sarah Palin's PAC incited shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords

PolitiFact - ‎4 hours ago‎
The original editorial claimed that maps circulated by Sarah Palin's PAC amounted to "political incitement," which the authors said was clearly linked to the subsequent 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz. "In 2011, when Jared Lee Loughner ...

The bogus claim that a map of crosshairs by Sarah Palin's PAC incited Rep. Gabby Giffords's shooting

Washington Post - ‎10 hours ago‎
Contemporaneous news reports noted that Giffords was one of 20 Democrats targeted in a map circulated by Sarah Palin's political action committee in March 2010. The map portrayed stylized crosshairs to mark each of their districts, in a “Take Back the ...

Sarah Palin Responds to 'Sickening' NYT Editorial Wrongly Linking Her to Giffords Shooting

Mediaite - ‎11 hours ago‎
By now you're probably heard about the New York Times editorial on the Alexandria shooting yesterday that unfairly linked Sarah Palin to the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords. After Giffords was shot in 2011, there was some speculation that Palin's map ...

New York Times corrects op-ed claiming 'clear' link from Sarah Palin to Gabby Giffords shooting

Washington Examiner - ‎11 hours ago‎
The New York Times on Thursday corrected an editorial that claimed there was a "clear" link between the 2011 shooting of then-Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords and former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Some right-leaning journalists ...

New York Times Corrects Fake News Editorial Blaming Sarah Palin for Shooting

Breitbart News - ‎11 hours ago‎
The New York Times issued an online correction Thursday to its lead editorial, which claimed that Sarah Palin had incited Jared Loughner to commit the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, in 2011 that killed six and wounded Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ).

New York Times Pushes Debunked Notion That Sarah Palin Inspired Giffords Shooting

Washington Free Beacon - ‎12 hours ago‎
The New York Times editorial board on Wednesday pushed the debunked notion that former Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin helped inspire the shooting of former Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords (Ariz.). In January 2011, Jared Lee Loughner shot 19 ...

NYT Uses GOP Shooting To Falsely Attack Sarah Palin With Debunked Conspiracy Theory

The Daily Caller - ‎Jun 14, 2017‎
The New York Times used the attempted assassination of dozens of Republican congressmen by a left-wing Bernie Sanders supporter to attack former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin with a baseless conspiracy theory blaming Palin for inciting mentally ill Jared ...

Sarah Palin Blasts 'Sickening' NYT Editorial Blaming Her For Giffords Shooting

The Daily Caller - ‎11 hours ago‎
Sarah Palin blasted a “sickening” editorial in The New York Times which falsely blamed her for inspiring a 2011 shooting of then-Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The false accusation, which has long been debunked, came in The Times' editorial about ...

Sarah Palin Considering A Libel Lawsuit Against New York Times

The Daily Caller - ‎10 hours ago‎
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is looking into a libel lawsuit against The New York Times, following the paper's Wednesday editorial peddling a debunked theory claiming she incited the 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords. The New York Times editorial ...

FAGAN: The New York Times Blames The Scalise Shooting On…Sarah Palin

The Hayride - ‎7 hours ago‎
If the so-called legacy media hates you then you know you are doing something right. No two figures have garnered more vitriolic scorn from the likes of the New York Times and other elite media types than Donald J. Trump and Sarah H. Palin. So we ...

Very Fake News: New York Times Revives 'Blood Libel' Against Sarah Palin

Breitbart News - ‎Jun 14, 2017‎
The New York Times published an editorial Wednesday evening about the attack on Republicans earlier that day in which it claimed falsely that Sarah Palin incited the 2011 Tucson shooting, and that the killer had political motives. The Times' editorial ...

No, Sarah Palin did not inspire Gabby Giffords' shooter: Opinion

NOLA.com - ‎12 hours ago‎
The New York Times is getting a lot of justified criticism for an editorial trotting out a long-debunked theory that a map circulated by Sarah Palin had inspired the shooter who critically wounded then-Congresswoman Gabby Giffords in 2011. The ...

Sanders Fundraised in 2011 by Falsely Blaming Sarah Palin for Tucson Shooting

Washington Free Beacon - ‎Jun 14, 2017‎
Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders once fundraised by blaming conservatives and then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R.) for the 2011 attack on former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D., Ariz.). "This horrendous act of violence is not some kind of ...

Sarah Palin blasts NYT editorial that falsely tied her to Gabby Giffords shooting

Washington Times - ‎11 hours ago‎
In a Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 file photo, Sarah Palin, political commentator and former governor of Alaska, walks on the sideline before an NFL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Los Angeles Rams, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund, ...

The NYT Is Straight-Up Lying About Sarah Palin And Gabby Giffords

The Daily Caller - ‎14 hours ago‎
That's right: Yesterday a devoted Bernie Sanders supporter and virulent Republican-hater specifically targeted GOP congressmen for death, and the NYT's response is to bring up a lie about Sarah Palin from six years ago. There isn't a shred of proof ...

NYT References False Story Gabby Giffords' Shooter Was Inspired By Sarah Palin

Newsmax - ‎7 hours ago‎
The New York Times editorial board referred to the discredited theory that the shooter of former congresswoman Gabby Giffords was inspired by a Facebook post of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. In an editorial entitled "America's Lethal Politics ...

New York Times uses shooting to blame Sarah Palin — again

Must Read Alaska (blog) - ‎10 hours ago‎
The New York Times today editorialized about the assassination attempt on the lives of Republican congressmen by a Bernie Sanders supporter and “Resist” activist. And they returned to a familiar fable: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was partially to blame for ...

Exclusive — Sarah Palin: Hopefully Media Have Learned to Not Play 'Knee-Jerk Blame Game' with Shooter's Motives

Breitbart News - ‎Jun 14, 2017‎
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who was wrongly and inaccurately blamed when Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) was shot several years ago, is standing up for Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont saying he is personally not responsible for the actions of his ...

WTF MSM!? NYT blames Sarah Palin!

Conservative Review - ‎11 hours ago‎
It's Sarah Palin's fault, y'all … The New York Times editorial on the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise, R.- La., a congressional aide, a lobbyist, and a Capitol Police officer tried to examine the reasons for the attack. It can't be the toxic coverage ...

NYT still peddling trash about Palin and the Gabrielle Giffords shooting

Washington Examiner - ‎Jun 14, 2017‎
For the New York Times' editorial board, a shooting incident this week provided the perfect opportunity to trot out the lie that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin inspired the 2011 mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz. A deranged gunman opened fire Wednesday ...

New York Times forced to correct editorial after Scalise shooting

Fox News - ‎11 hours ago‎
The New York Times was forced on Thursday to correct an editorial that stated as fact a debunked theory that the gunman who shot Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords in 2011 was inspired by a map circulated by Sarah Palin. The editorial, titled ...

WaPo Fact-Check: 'Not A Good Sign' That NYT Editors Used Lie To Smear Palin

The Daily Caller - ‎8 hours ago‎
(RELATED: NYT Columnists Admit Their Paper Smeared Sarah Palin). The NYT column “showed how pervasive this debunked talking point still is on the political left, and we wanted to set the record straight,” wrote WaPo fact-checker Michelle Ye Hee Lee.

Disgrace: NYT Editors Recycle Debunked Palin-Giffords Lie to Give Leftists Cover (Update: Oops)

Townhall - ‎11 hours ago‎
He certainly wasn't familiar with Sarah Palin's "targets" map, featuring standard political imagery, which was fheld up by dishonest people as a determinative call to violence. The Palin connection was, despite all the unfair and baseless sound and ...

NYT Corrects Palin Smear In Editorial On Baseball Shooting

The Daily Caller - ‎11 hours ago‎
The New York Times corrected an editorial on the GOP baseball shooting Thursday that baselessly accused Sarah Palin of inciting the 2011 shooting of Gabby Giffords. “An earlier version of this editorial incorrectly stated that a link existed between ...

NYT corrects editorial on Alexandria shooting after media outcry

Axios - ‎12 hours ago‎
The New York Times posted an editorial Wednesday night that invoked a debunked 2011 theory that a map circulated by Sarah Palin inspired a shooter to fire gunshots outside of an Arizona grocery store, striking and critically injuring then Congresswomen ...

Sarah Palin says she might let loose her lawyers on the New York Times, citing their “constant libel”

Rare.us - ‎7 hours ago‎
Former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin is considering leveling a libel lawsuit against the New York Times after the paper ran an editorial associating her with the 2011 shooting of Representative Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.). The piece, entitled America's ...

The New York Times Corrects Its Editorial, but It's Still Wrong

National Review - ‎11 hours ago‎
Over on the home page, I took on the horrific New York Times editorial in response to yesterday's shootings. The Times editorial board had the actual audacity to dredge up old slanders against Sarah Palin and claim that there was somehow less evidence ...

NYT issues correction to Giffords editorial

The Hill - ‎11 hours ago‎
The New York Times has issued a correction to a Thursday editorial that linked the 2011 shooting of then-Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) to a map circulated by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) that put 20 Democratic districts in cross hairs. The ...

In response to Alexandria shooting, NYT dredges up false claims about Sarah Palin and Gabby Giffords

Canada Free Press - ‎10 hours ago‎
In 2011, when 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, the link to political incitement was clear. Before the shooting, Sarah ...

Why the Hell Did the New York Times Lie About the Gabby Giffords Murders?

Mediaite - ‎16 hours ago‎
I remember that event exceedingly well because at the time was I was still in very close contact with Palin after having produced a documentary film about the media coverage of the 2008 election. Within minutes of hearing about the shooting, I emailed ...

NYT Has Been Pushing Palin-Giffords Falsehood For Years

The Daily Caller - ‎6 hours ago‎
The New York Times issued a correction and a half-hearted apology on Thursday after falsely accusing Sarah Palin of inciting Jared Loughner to shoot Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords in January 2011, a claim that was first debunked more than six years ago.

The NYT does not deserve any sort of kudos for correcting its Palin smear

Washington Examiner - ‎52 minutes ago‎
Sarah Palin incited a mass shooting in 2011, it doesn't deserve credit merely for identifying its errors, especially when they are massive and entirely avoidable. On Wednesday, an Illinois man opened fire on GOP lawmakers in Alexandria, Va., leaving Rep.

Beyond PARODY! Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham snark-slam NYT over blatant Palin spin

Twitchy - ‎9 hours ago‎
Interesting how hard the Leftist media is working to pretend it's not their fault that some crazy jackass opened fire on a bunch of Republicans yesterday. NYT went so far as to bring up Gabby Giffords and pretend that Sarah Palin's campaign had put ...

'The Indigenous American Berserk' Strikes Again

New York Times - ‎14 hours ago‎
“Giffords' blood is on Sarah Palin's hands,” wrote Daily News columnist Michael Daly, noting that the former Alaska governor had put Giffords' district in a metaphorical cross hairs as a vulnerable Democratic seat. In Slate, Jacob Weisberg issued a ...

New York Times gets obliterated over this stunning description of Virginia shooting

TheBlaze.com - ‎10 hours ago‎
Before the shooting, Sarah Palin's political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized crosshairs. “Conservatives and right-wing media were quick on Wednesday to demand ...

Sarah Palin Mulling Libel Lawsuit Against The New York Times

The Inquisitr - ‎6 hours ago‎
Sarah Palin suggested on Twitter earlier today that she might sue the New York Times for libel and/or slander. On Wednesday, the Times published an editorial about the shooting of GOP Rep. Steve Scalise at an Alexandria, Virginia, softball field by a ...

NYT Posts Editor's Note Correcting Claim About GOP Political Incitement in Giffords Shooting

Mediaite - ‎11 hours ago‎
The New York Times has put out a notice which backs away from their editorial board's claim that there was a definite connection between Sarah Palin and the shooting of former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords. An earlier version of this editorial ...

Don't Be Misled About the Gabby Giffords / Sarah Palin Crosshairs Incident

Independent Journal Review - ‎4 hours ago‎
Wednesday's frightening mass shooting at a Republican team practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game has provided yet another opportunity for people to debate controlling “rhetoric” instead of guns, only with extra helpings of stupid. But it ...

FAGAN: New York Times Won't Apologize After Caught Telling A Blatant Lie Linking Sarah Palin To Scalise Attack

The Hayride - ‎6 hours ago‎
Ms. Palin's PAC put out the flyer showing a map of targeted electoral districts with cross hairs and the media back then tried to tie it to the shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords six years ago. But the ridiculous connection was disproven after we learned ...

Jared Loughner's Political Affiliation: Was He a Democrat or Republican?

Heavy.com - ‎13 hours ago‎
The newspaper blamed Sarah Palin's political action committee for releasing a map that showed the electoral districts of Giffords and other Democrats “under stylized crosshairs” and said there is “no sign of incitement as direct as in the Giffords ...

Bernie Sanders Gladly Blamed, Fundraised Off Sarah Palin Conspiracy Theory After Giffords Shooting

Independent Journal Review - ‎5 hours ago‎
On Wednesday, a left-wing Bernie Sanders supporter and campaign volunteer opened fire on unarmed Republicans practicing baseball for a charity game. Two congressman believe the shooter asked the party affiliation of the lawmakers before the attack.

Blame the Shooter, Not the "Rhetoric"

Reason (blog) - ‎12 hours ago‎
In a house editorial that is stunning in its intellectual laziness and mendacity, The New York Times manages to tie the actions of sniper James Hodgkinson not simply to today's over-the-top #NeverTrump #resistance rhetoric but to...Sarah Palin's ...

The New York Times Tries Resurrecting the Ugly Lie About Gabby Gifford's Shooter

Heat Street - ‎9 hours ago‎
While The Times editorial board massages the facts every now and then, today's editorial, “America's Lethal Politics,” goes a step further by implying Sarah Palin was partially responsible for the shooting of former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle ...

The New York Times' Non-Correction of its Palin-Giffords Smear

FrontPage Magazine - ‎3 hours ago‎
The New York Times editorial on the GOP baseball shooting dug up the old smear that attempted to blame Palin for the Giffords shooting. There has been zero evidence of any such connection. Loughner was mentally ill and he had an old obsession with ...

NY Times Hypes 'Link To Political Incitement' in 2011 Shooting of Rep. Giffords; Twitter Erupts

Mediaite - ‎Jun 14, 2017‎
Conservatives on Twitter blasted the editorial board of the New York Times on Wednesday evening, after the newspaper published a pro-gun control editorial that claimed that there was a “clear” connection to Sarah Palin in the 2011 mass shooting in ...

New York Times Repeats Lie Blaming Palin for Giffords Shooting

FrontPage Magazine - ‎19 hours ago‎
Sarah Palin's map, of the sort that political groups across the spectrum have used, had zero link to Loughner's actions. To the extent that Loughner had any politics (which was very little) he appeared to have been to the left. He was diagnosed as a ...

Today in Conservative Media: Shame on the New York Times

Slate Magazine (blog) - ‎3 hours ago‎
There were a number of angry responses across conservative media to a New York Times editorial on the congressional baseball shooting that connected Sarah Palin's infamous crosshair map to the 2011 shooting of Gabrielle Giffords. “Let's be blunt,” ...

Blaming “heated political rhetoric” is the most useless response to a shooting

Vox - ‎5 hours ago‎
“New York Times Revives 'Blood Libel' Against Sarah Palin,” Breitbart's Joel Pollak lashed out. But Pollak fell into the same rhetorical trap. There was “overwhelming evidence,” he continued, that the Scalise shooter “nurtured a vicious hatred of Trump ...

Bozell: NYT's 'Flaming Pile of Garbage' Promotes Debunked Theory Palin Incited Giffords Shooting

CNSNews.com (blog) - ‎11 hours ago‎
Sarah Palin inciting the Giffords shooting. They know better. The New York Times' own news reporters declared just yesterday that there was no evidence linking Palin to the Giffords shooting!” Thus, Bozell is demanding that The New York Times apologize ...