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Sarah Palin Strikes Back at New York Times

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The New York Times and the rest of the media establishment have had carte blanche to defame, smear and destroy conservative figures for decades.

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Now, the Mama Grizzly may be set to finally hold the Times and the rest of the media accountable.

She’s filed a suit claiming the editorial board members of the paper published statements about her they “knew to be false,” thus violating its own policies.

The New York Times wrote the editorial earlier this month in response to the targeted shooting of Republicans at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia. In a piece titled, “America’s Lethal Politics,” the writers — wrongfully, absent facts — tied the 2011 shooting of the then-congresswoman Giffords and more than a dozen others to political activity and rhetoric coming from Palin’s political action committee.

Sad enough to say, though, that link was not ever proven and The New York Times was forced to issue an apology and correction.

The Times fell back on their fake “apology” routine where they admit what they wrote was wrong but do it in a way where no one ever sees the retraction

In separate tweets on June 15, NYT Opinion wrote: “We published an editorial last night on the shooting at the G.O.P. men’s baseball team practice field in Alexandria.”

And this: “We got an important fact wrong, incorrectly linking political incitement and the 2011 shooting of Giffords. No link was ever established.”

Normally, that’s as good as a conservative gets from a smear job in the Times.

Palin, however, was incensed.

She called the newspaper’s reporting “sickening” and remarked how the “media is doing exactly what I said” that “should not be done.”

Palin also said she was looking at legal options against the paper.

And on Facebook, she wrote: “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.”

Palin’s suit will have to leap a very high bar, proving both the falsehood presented and intent by the editors to defame knowingly. So, while success is a long shot, the effort at least puts the media barons on notice.

Winning or losing, Palin’s suit puts the left-leaning media on notice and sends a message that the conservatives of the country, when unfairly slammed and targeted by the Fourth Estate, just aren’t going to sit and take it any more.

  • Robert Pekarik

    What a joke = The Fourth Estate. More like the Filth Fake Estate. The main stream media has destroyed any chance that they will be taken seriously until they completely clean house from top to bottom and allow someone with honor, dignity, common sense and the true knowledge of what news agencies are supposed to be about direct them back on the path of reporting the news.

  • SANDHILLFARMER

    What a joke = Sara Palin.

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