Former Governor Sarah Palin speaking with attendees at the 2021 AmericaFest at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. By Gage Skidmore

Sarah Palin Takes the New York Times to Court

Former Alaska Governor and GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is taking the New York Times to Court.

The trial for Palin’s defamation suit against the times is set to begin this week. Palin has tested positive for Covid which is complicating the start, but it will start in the near future if not this week.

Primarily the trial will focus on if the paper and former editorial page editor James Bennet defamed her in June 2017.

The case revolved around a claim inserted into the story by Bennet that said her political action committee was linked to the 2011 shooting in Arizona that left six people dead and former Democrat Rep. Gabby Giffords wounded.

The story was published the same day a gunman opened fired on Republican lawmakers practicing for the congressional baseball game.

The editorial also noted that Palin’s PAC shared a map putting Gifford and other lawmakers in “crosshairs,” which is not true.

However. the Time’s did issue a correction but never mentioned Palin.

The New York Times is protected by a 1964 Supreme Court ruling that requires “actual malice” for defamation from a paper against a public figure, which Palin is.

Palin will have to prove that the Times tried to knowingly hurt her with false information or included that information with “reckless disregard.

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