Palin’s Bid for New Libel Trial Denied

    Photo: Reuters [via The Guardian]

    The Facts

    • Former GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin's bid for a new libel case against the New York Times has been denied by US District Judge Jed Rakoff, who stated the former Alaska gov. was unable to provide "even a speck" of new evidence against the newspaper.

    • Palin sued the publication over a 2017 editorial falsely linking her campaign rhetoric to a mass shooting. No connection was found and a correction was printed the next day, but Palin's suit alleged the New York Times had damaged her reputation.

    The Spin

    Right narrative

    Palin's trial was a farce. The jurors were clearly influenced by the judge's preemptive ruling, which tipped the scales in favor of the New York Times. She deserves to receive a fair trial with an unbiased judge.

    Left narrative

    Palin lost, but she can't give up the vendetta she and the far right of the GOP have against the Times. The precedent set in New York Times vs. Sullivan that set "actual malice" as the standard for defamation has stood for nearly 60 years - Palin must know there is no chance of a new trial without new evidence.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 50% chance that Sarah Palin will be elected as US Representative for Alaska in 2022, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Political split



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