Judge Dismisses Palin Defamation Suit Against New York Times

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A federal judge has thrown out a defamation lawsuit filed by former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin against The New York Times.

The judge ruled that a Times editorial that contained factual errors nevertheless was protected under the First Amendment.

Palin sued the Times in June over an editorial that she said falsely connected her with a 2011 mass shooting in Arizona. The editorial suggested that an ad from Palin’s political action committee incited the shooter.

The Times later published a correction, saying there was no link between the ad and the shooting.

Under First Amendment law, Palin, a public figure, had to prove that The Times either knew what it published was false or that it had reckless disregard for the truth.

Judge Jed S. Rakoff said on Aug. 29 in his ruling: “Negligence this may be; but defamation of a public figure it plainly is not.”