Sarah Palin RIPS Fake News Blaming Her For 2011 Shooting
Lawsuit could be forthcoming.
James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois is the alleged shooter behind Wednesday’s assault on the Republican Party’s baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. He was killed during an exchange of gunfire with Capitol Police, but not before he wounded five people.
It was discovered that Hodgkinson was a left-wing ideologue who volunteered for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, an open socialist, and his failed 2016 presidential campaign. The left and their allies in the fake news media have fallen all over themselves to try to pivot the blame on gun rights or onto conservatives (who were the target of the attack).
The New York Times reached so far back to blame former GOP Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin for the 2011 shooting of Democrat Rep. Gabby Giffords.
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 Palin’s political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs.
Though there’s no sign of incitement as direct as in the Giffords attack, liberals should of course hold themselves to the same standard of decency that they ask of the right.
Sarah Palin did not take it lying down. She wrote on her Facebook,
With this sickening NYT's editorial, the media is doing exactly what I said yesterday should not be done. Despite commenting as graciously as I could on media coverage of yesterday's shooting, alas, today a perversely biased media's knee-jerk blame game is attempting to destroy innocent people with lies and more fake news. As I said yesterday, I'd hoped the media had collectively matured since the last attack on a Representative when media coverage spewed blatant lies about who was to blame. There's been no improvement. The NYT has gotten worse.
Conservatives rushed to show their support of Sarah Palin.
The Daily Caller writes,
The theory that Loughner was inspired by Palin’s political group to shoot Giffords spread quickly after the shooting, which occurred in a parking lot near Tucson.
But it soon emerged that Loughner was a schizophrenic with a long history of bizarre behavior. Loughner himself touted numerous conspiracy theories in online postings.
Guy Benson wrote in a Townhall Media article,
"The link to political incitement was clear," they write. False. Totally false. The link wasn't clear in the immediate aftermath of the attack, even as many suspected (or even perversely hoped) that such evidence would emerge. It never did. It was neither a politically-motivated nor politically-inspired assault. But the Times editors go on: "There's no sign of incitement as direct as in the Giffords attack," they write of James Hodgkinson's Alexandria rampage. This is an insane, divorced-from-reality assertion. There were zero 'signs of incitement' in the Giffords attack, let alone any "direct" one. Her would-be assassin wasn't political. By contrast, the man who shot the House Republican Whip and four others was a hardcore partisan activist.
Palin suggested on social media that she may sue Times for libel. She wrote after sharing an op-ed giving her a case for a suit, "Commonsense suggestion by a journalist, am talking to attorneys this AM and exploring options.”
Ben Shapiro write on The Daily Wire that she may have a case.
Palin may actually have a case for libel against The New York Times. The standard for libel is quite high in the United States – the plaintiff must prove actual malice if she is a public figure – but Palin might be able to reach it. That’s because the Times outright lied about her, blaming her for the attempted assassination of Gabby Giffords. The Times even suggested that there was stronger evidence linking Palin to assassin Jared Lee Loughner than there was evidence of leftist incitement leading to the attempted Congressional assassination.
The former newspaper updated the article after the backlash saying, “An earlier version of this editorial incorrectly stated that a link existed between political incitement and the 2011 shooting of Representative Gabby Giffords. In fact, no such link was established.”