Sarah Palin to face off against New York Times in defamation trial Monday

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Sarah Palin will square off against the New York Times Monday when her defamation case against the paper goes to trial in Manhattan.

At the center of the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee’s federal suit is a 2017 editorial that incorrectly linked Palin to the 2011 mass shooting in Arizona where six people were killed and more than a dozen were injured, including then-Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.

The editorial “falsely stated as a matter of fact to millions of people that Mrs. Palin incited Jared Loughner’s January 8, 2011, shooting rampage at a political event in Tucson, Arizona,” lawyers for the one-term Alaska governor wrote in the complaint.

The Times has since corrected the editorial, acknowledging both falsely linking Palin to the violence and mischaracterizing an ad Palin’s political action committee ran, which put certain congressional districts, including Giffords, under crosshairs. Originally, the Times said the ad placed lawmakers themselves beneath the crosshairs.

Palin said the mistake was libelous and sued the Times in 2017 in Manhattan federal court, where jury selection will begin Monday morning.

For Palin to win, her lawyers can’t just prove the Times was wrong, which the paper has already said it was. She must show that the editors and writers at the pape... (Read more)