For once, the liberal media took a break from attacking President Donald Trump and decided to attack each other.
The “Washington Post” recently attacked the “New York Times” after they published a story that linked deranged shooter Jared Lee to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
“(W)hen (he) opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl, the link to political incitement was clear,” the Times claimed. “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.”
The WaPo disagreed with their version of the story and opened fire on the Times.
“(T)his episode showed how pervasive this debunked talking point still is on the political left, and we wanted to set the record straight,” the Post’s fact-checker, Michelle Ye Hee Lee, noted in a report Thursday in which she explained that “(i)t’s unclear whether Loughner even knew of Palin’s map” and that “it probably would not have changed the outcome.”
“Loughner had no clear political views” and was simply “a troubled man who abused alcohol and drugs, and whose mental illness was apparent to his classmates and family even before he was diagnosed as schizophrenic during his court trial,” Lee continued.
Conservative Tribune reports:
The Times eventually issued a correction later in the week, and while Lee wrote that she appreciated this gesture, she rightly pointed out that “it’s not a good sign that the debunked talking point was included as fact in the editorial of a major media outlet.”
Agreed. For an outlet that purports to be a purveyor of truth, The Times has a tendency to flub the facts when it’s politically convenient to do so. So does The Post, for that matter, but in this instance it hit the nail on the head.
Mind you, it wasn’t just fellow liberals whom the Times’ editorial board enraged. Palin herself responded with a scathing rebuke on Facebook and has reportedly been considering filing a libel suit against Times.
Palin eventually responded to the false story on Thursday via Facebook:
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