There is no excuse for the New York Times Palin attack, so this is how the newspaper defends its actions.
The New York Times Palin attack was launched when the newspaper wanted to cover up the fact that leftwing violence is more of a problem than rightwing violence in this country. After an avid Bernie supporter opened fire on Republicans, the newspaper said that Sarah Palin incited a shooting in which several died and a Democrat Representative was seriously wounded.
According to the New York Post, “NY Times says blaming Palin for shooting was ‘an honest mistake’”
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.
An honest mistake? How do you assert something that you have no evidence for by “mistake”?
Michael Walsh at PJ Media thinks that Palin has a strong case.
Even under the Sullivan standard, the Times through its editorial carelessness has left itself wide open to a huge judgment against it. They’d be smart to settle, with an abject apology and a significant cash outlay. But they won’t, because being a Leftist means never having to genuinely say you’re sorry. Should the case go all the way to the Supreme Court, look for a nasty verdict against the Gray Lady, who really does have it coming. Yes, public debate should be “uninhibited, robust, and wide-open.” But it should also be honest — and not in the sense of an “honest mistake.”
He also points to John Hinderaker at the Power Line blog, who writes,
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.) But at a minimum, it seems that the Times editorial was published with reckless disregard for whether it was true or not. It was a product of sheer hatred toward Palin.
However, Hinderaker worries that Palin has brought the lawsuit in the state of New York. What are the chances of her getting an impartial jury there?
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