Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has achieved a major victory as a judge has allowed her defamation lawsuit to proceed against the New York Times.
The New York Times ran a story alleging that she had incited a mass shooting in Tuscon, Arizona in 2011 following a shooting in June of 2017 that targeted Republican lawmakers.
Judge Jed S. Rakoff, who was appointed by former President Bill Clinton said, “Taken in the light most favorable to plaintiff [Palin], the evidence shows Bennet came up with an angle for the Editorial, ignored the articles brought to his attention that were inconsistent with his angle, disregarded the results … of research that he commissioned, and ultimately made the point he set out to make in reckless disregard of the truth.”
This is an important step for Palin and conservatives in general. For too long the mainstream media has gotten away with making disgusting allegations with no consequences.
Covington Catholic High school student Nick Sandmann recently won several defamation lawsuits against mainstream media outlets.
The recent legal success of conservative figures is important and signals a pushback against a media that has been too cavalier and has abused its powers.
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