Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is accusing The New York Times of defamation over an editorial that linked one of her political action committee ads to the shooting of an Arizona congresswoman in January 2011, the Gateway Pundit reports.
Palin’s lawyers filed the lawsuit in a New York City federal court on Tuesday.
They claim the newspaper “violated the law and its own policies” when it accused their client of inciting the attack that left six people dead.
The June 14 editorial, titled “America’s Lethal Politics,” initially said that Palin’s rhetoric was responsible for the shooting that wounded then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and many others.
A day after it was published, the Times posted a correction saying that “no such link was established,” but maintained that the error did not “undercut or weaken the argument of the piece.”
Palin’s lawyers claim that the paper intended to maliciously harm Palin, thereby entitling the former vice presidential candidate “to an award of punitive damages.”