6/29/17 – Libel Lawsuit


“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

Here’s what’s happening behind the headlines.

That quote was attributed to Mark Twain. False stories spread faster than the truth.

On June 14th, the New York Times published an editorial with an outright falsehood that appears to defame Sarah Palin.  The paper claimed Palin incited Jared Loughner.  He was the man who shot U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords and 18 others, killing six back in 2011.  Immediately afterwards, some liberals blamed Palin for instigating the shooting rampage. Palin was widely considered a potential opponent to Barack Obama the following year.  This claim was quickly debunked.  In fact, Loughner was a George Bush-hating liberal.

This week, Palin sued the New York Times.

The larger issue is the avalanche of untrue stories and columns published by the Times, Washington Post and others since the 2016 election.  The stories get widespread coverage.  But the brief correction notices that are published days later usually get overlooked.  How convenient.

Last week, CNN retracted an inflammatory anti-Trump story.  Three staffers involved are no longer CNN employees.

News organizations that push stories based on a political agenda instead of facts deserve all the lawsuits thrown their way.

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