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Sarah Palin Sues New York Times Over Editorial Suggesting She Incited Gabby Giffords Shooting

Earlier this month, the New York Times amended an editorial that initially included an unfair link between Sarah Palin and the tragic shooting of Gabby Giffords. At the time of the attack on Giffords, there had been unconfirmed speculation that a Palin map that included “targets” of Democrats had something to do with the shooting. The initial editorial had claimed it was “clear” that Palin had created “political incitement” at that time.

Well, after hinting that she may end up suing the Times over the piece, Palin followed through today. As noted by CNN’s Jake Tapper this afternoon, Palin has filed a complaint against the paper in the Southern District of New York:

Following the publication of the editorial — itself a response to the shooting of Steve Scalise — Palin wrote on Facebook that “the media is doing exactly” what she said it would do. She added that she “hoped the media had collectively matured since the last attack on a Representative when media coverage spewed blatant lies about who was to blame.”

For the record, there was no evidence whatsoever that Giffords’ shooter, Jared Loughner, was influenced or incited by Palin’s map. In fact, it was revealed that Loughner had been obsessed with Giffords for a while before the shooting.

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