Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is considering suing the New York Times falsely blaming her for the shooting of Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords in 2011.
The long-debunked accusation reemerged in The Times’ editorial following Wednesday’s shooting at the congressional baseball practice that left Rep. Steve Scalise and three others wounded by gunshots.
The editorial read: “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.”
Palin quickly slammed the piece and those who wrote it.
The former Republican vice presidential nominee wrote on her Facebook account: “With this sickening NYT’s editorial, the media is doing exactly what I said yesterday should not be done… today a perversely biased media’s knee-jerk blame game is attempting to destroy innocent people with lies and more fake news.”
The Times corrected the editorial on Thursday morning. “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.”
The Daily Caller reports:
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.