Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, right, endorses Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a rally at the Iowa State University, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Sarah Palin Responds To New York Times Editorial

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has publicly responded to the New York Times editorial that linked her to the 2011 mass shooting of Gabrielle Giffords. Palin tweeted a snapshot of an article that suggested she has grounds to sue the NYT for libel.

In an opinion piece on Wednesday, the NYT editorial board linked the 2011 mass shooting of former Rep. Giffords to a congressional “target” map Palin had released earlier – the map was pertaining to Democratic-controlled districts that held potential for GOP gains.

The claim by the NYT is a regurgitation of a conspiracy theory that was debunked long ago. Immediately following the 2011 shooting in Tucson, some on the left tried to argue the perpetrator’s (Jared Loughner) actions were a result of hateful, conservative rhetoric. A simple background check into Loughner’s life revealed he was a deranged individual who held no substantive partisan preferences. The ridiculous connection was even further disproved when it was revealed Loughner had developed an obsession with Giffords as early as 2007 – about four years before Palin’s map was ever released.

No matter. The New York Times decided on Wednesday to drudge up this baseless connection in an attempt to equate the Alexandria, Virginia shooting by a liberal Bernie Bro to the 2011 Tucson shooting.

The opinion piece was roundly criticized by those on the right and left. The editorial board quickly retracted the controversial section of the article.

Before suggesting on Twitter she may sue the New York Times for libel, Palin had previously criticized the article via her Facebook page:

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. – SP

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