Remember the time Sarah Palin featured Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffordson on her infamous ‘crosshairs’ map targeting legislators who voted for Obama‘s health care bill? And remember how Palin later tweeted “Don’t retreat, instead RELOAD”? Then remember how someone SOMEHOW got it into their heads that the gun imagery coupled with location of where Giffords was speaking, and the direct order to reload, were all meant as a command to go shoot the congresswoman? So they did?
Well, Sarah Palin is still shocked, SHOCKED, that anyone would think she was somehow partially responsible for the 2011 shooting.
I mean, of all the ridiculous ideas.
The New York Times recently brought the whole mess up again in an op-ed after the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise at a congressional baseball game. Says Palin’s lawsuit”
The Times falsely stated that an ad from Palin’s political action committee put “Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs.”
The Times issued a correction the next day stating that the article had mischaracterized the ad (it targets electoral districts, not specific Democratic lawmakers, as the article had previously claimed), and that “no such link was established.”
Palin, though, is now seeking $75,000 in damages from the New York Times for conduct committed, “knowingly, intentionally, willfully, wantonly and maliciously, with the intent harm Mrs. Palin, or in blatant disregard of the substantial likelihood of causing her harm.”
Palin’s legal counsel told Deadline that the Times had, “repeatedly failed to meaningfully retract or correct its column and apologize to Mrs. Palin for publishing it.” In fact, the Times did meaningfully correct the column and issued an apology on Twitter.
There’s a case to be made for either side. The Washington Post has them both here.