The former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, is reportedly moving forward with sending subpoenas to 23 New York Times staffers as part of her defamation lawsuit against the liberal-leaning newspaper.
In a motion arguing for Palin’s case against The New York Times to be tossed out, attorneys for the paper revealed that the former vice presidential candidate’s lawyers served notice of plans to subpoena “23 non-party current and former Times reporters, the editors and other employees — most of whom had nothing to do with the editorial issue.”
Lawyers for the Times reportedly told the judge on Wednesday that Sarah Palin’s legal team plans to demand that the paper hands over “every internal communication it has had about her since 2011” in an effort to obtain “documents that might reveal, among other things, their ‘negative feelings’ toward her.”
A Tea Party favorite, Palin is suing The New York Times over a published editorial that ran online hours after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot by a former Bernie Sanders volunteer at a Republican congressional baseball practice in Virginia. According to Palin and her lawyers, the editorial tied her to the January 2011 shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
The editorial, which was penned by the Times’ editorial board, “linked” Palin’s rhetoric to the Tucson shooting that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including then-Representative Giffords. However, after Palin lashed out about the claim, the paper posted a correction online the following day. The New York Times acknowledged that no such “link” was established.
However, the offense did not stop there.
The scathing editorial also claimed that an advertisement from Sarah Palin’s PAC placed “Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized crosshairs.” The claim was untrue and, therefore, the paper later admitted it falsely reported that part of the story, as well.
The New York Times discredits Palin’s legal argument because she cannot claim malice, which is the legal standard for claiming defamation in a lawsuit.
ABOUT SARAH PALIN
Sarah Louise Palin (born February 11, 1964) is an American politician, commentator, and author who served as the 11th Governor of Alaska from 2006 until her resignation in 2009. As the Republican Party nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2008 election alongside presidential nominee, Arizona Senator John McCain, she was the first Alaskan on the national ticket of a major political party and the first Republican woman selected as a vice presidential candidate. Her book Going Rogue has sold more than two million copies.
She was elected to the Wasilla city council in 1992 and became mayor of Wasilla in 1996. In 2003, after an unsuccessful run for lieutenant governor, she was appointed chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, responsible for overseeing the state’s oil and gas fields for safety and efficiency. She was the youngest person and the first woman to be elected Governor of Alaska.
Since her resignation as Governor, she has endorsed and campaigned for the Tea Party movement as well as several candidates in multiple election cycles, prominently including Donald Trump for President in 2016. From 2010 to 2015, she provided political commentary for Fox News. On April 3, 2014, Palin premiered her TV show, Amazing America with Sarah Palin, on the Sportsman Channel, which ran until February 12, 2015. On July 27, 2014, Palin launched the online news network called the Sarah Palin Channel, which was closed on July 4, 2015.
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