Former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin filed a lawsuit Tuesday against The New York Times alleging defamation, The New York Post reports.
The suit, filed in federal court in Manhattan, concerns a recent editorial connecting one of Palin’s political action committee ads to the 2011 mass shooting in Arizona in which six people were killed and Democratic lawmaker Gabby Giffords was severely injured, the story reports.
The Post reports that the suit accuses The Times of having “violated the law and its own policies” when it accused Palin — in a “fabricated story” — of inciting the attack. Palin is seeking damages to be determined by a jury.
The Times editorial, which ran June 14, accused Palin of “political incitement” before the Arizona shooting, The Post reports. “The paper said Palin incited the shooting, which left congresswoman Gabby Giffords with a severe brain injury, through an ad from her PAC that put ‘Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs,'” The Post reports. “In fact, the ad never put Giffords or any other individual in the cross hairs — forcing the newspaper of record to issue an embarrassing correction.”