Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s libel lawsuit against the New York Times has officially crashed and burned.

Another look…ouch:

Politico reports that U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff on Monday threw out Palin’s complaint, as he ruled that Palin and her attorneys “failed to produce evidence that the newspaper knew what it wrote about her was false or acted recklessly towards indications it was false.”

Oh god…this one is even worse…

Even though Rakoff is tossing the suit, he is nonetheless allowing the jury to continue its deliberations on the grounds that he believes the case will inevitably be appealed.

The libel suit against the Times stemmed from a 2017 editorial that accused Palin of inciting violence against Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ), who years earlier was shot in the head by assailant Jared Loughner.

The Times issued a correction about the editorial the day after it ran, and it acknowledged it was wrong to link rhetoric used by Palin’s super PAC to Giffords’s shooting.

“I think this is an example of very unfortunate editorializing on the part of the Times but having said that, that’s not the issue before this court,” Rakoff said in court on Monday. “The law here sets a very high standard [for actual malice]. The court finds that that standard has not been met.”



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  1. Politicians posing with guns for photo ops, is subtle incitement. It is a reckless act of self promotion. Its a thing some do, when they do not know real issues.

    • Palin was always trailer trash. That’s the demographic the GOP wanted when they put her on the ticket. Like Trump, she was just a reality show persona that appealed to brain dead voters in the cornfields.

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