Sarah Palin’s lawsuit against the NY Times was dismissed by the judge

Sarah Palin was in New York for weeks. She wandered around unmasked and unvaccinated, and when she showed up for her court case a few weeks ago, of course she tested positive for Covid. The trial was delayed, which gave her more time to wander around various New York restaurants, shedding the virus and making an ass out of herself. Also: she has a new boyfriend. She’s dating ex-hockey player Ron Duguay, and they were seen out together a lot in recent weeks, and they were photographed together.

As for the court case… Palin sued the New York Times for libel after they editorialized about her stance and actions on gun control. Basically, the Times misrepresented Palin’s actions in the larger culture of people targeting members of Congress with firearms. Palin’s PAC had done an ad in which Democrats were “targeted” in crosshairs, and shortly after, Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot. The ad was discussed in the NYT when Rep. Steve Scalise was shot. Palin thought the Times’s coverage was libelous, and some libel lawyers agreed with her. There was a big concern around the case and the NYT’s potential culpability. Well, the judge dismissed the case.

A judge said Monday he’ll dismiss a libel lawsuit that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin filed against The New York Times, claiming the newspaper damaged her reputation with an editorial falsely linking her campaign rhetoric to a mass shooting.

U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff made the ruling with a jury still deliberating at a New York City trial where the former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate testified last week. The judge said Palin had failed to show that the Times had acted out of malice, something required in libel lawsuits involving public figures. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff said he let jury deliberations continue in case his decision winds up being reversed on appeal.

“This is the kind of case that inevitably goes up on appeal,” Rakoff said in an explanation from the bench.

The Times had acknowledged that then-editorial page editor James Bennet had inserted wording that wrongly described both the map, and any link to the shooting. But the newspaper’s lawyers said he made an “honest mistake” that was never intended to harm Palin. To prove malice, Palin’s lawyers had to show that Bennet knew the wording was false or he knew that there was “a high probability” that it was false, the judge said.

Despite his ruling, Rakoff said he was “hardly surprised Ms. Palin brought a lawsuit. … I think this is an example of very unfortunate editorializing on the part of The Times.”

[From THR]

LOL, after all of that. But I get it – the New York Times made a stupid mistake but not a malicious mistake, and Palin’s lawyers could not prove “malice.” So here we are. Palin thought that she was taking down the “lamestream media” and getting a fat payday and the judge was like “hon, you actually don’t have much of a case.”

Photos courtesy of Instar.

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  1. LahdidahBaby says:

    Hahaha, what on earth did she expect?

  2. Lucy says:

    Her face looks very *different* in the picture with the giant sunglasses on. This is the first time I’ve seen a picture of her in a long time. Or maybe I remember the Tina Fey impressions as her real face.

    • Debbie says:

      Yeah, I’m usually not very good at spotting plastic surgery but even I can see the extra stuffing in her face, lips, and under her laser-flat chin – which is currently fighting a mighty duel with her loose jowls in those pictures. Yeah, I can see everything except her surgeon’s name in those photos.

    • Mac says:

      Her plastic surgery actually looks like plastic.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      Palin has been getting work done on her face for years. It’s as fake as everything else about her.

    • elle says:

      She’s looking very Karl Lagerfeld-y in that teaser pic.

  3. Jan says:

    Sarah’s boyfriend former NY Rangers player will hold her hand and console her.
    Time is not being kind to her or she went too far with plastic surgery.

  4. Matilda says:

    I just cannot look at her and think of Tina Fey.

  5. AppleCart says:

    She looks like she went to the House of Wax for a tune up on her face.

  6. whatWHAT? says:

    for all of the (yes, MALICIOUS) lies she’s uttered about other public figures, I’m glad she lost.

    and DAMN, she really needs a stylist. that fake leather “moto” jacket (with studs?!) and white frou-frou blouse is just a big fat NO.

    re: her boyfriend…I was trying to remember why I knew his name and it’s because he appeared as himself on an ep of the original BH-90210. hahahahahaha!

    • BayTampaBay says:

      The hockey player dude is Ron Duguay. Mr. Duguay person was married to the 1980s model Kim Alexis for about 20 years and they have a son, Noah.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        oh, I know who he is. I remember the ep because I thought he looked like Jon Bon Jovi in it. feathered mullet and all. 😉

  7. BayTampaBay says:

    Palin really is a big never-was.

    John McCain could not stand her.

  8. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    Oh Sarah Sarah Sarah…honey you don’t need a NEWSPAPER to damage your reputation.
    You’re doing a fabulous job all by yourself. Bless your heart.
    *sips coffee*

  9. AMA1977 says:

    Like every other thing in her life, she thought she was so special that she’d just skate by on her folksy “wit” and “poor lil ol’ me” schtick. Meanwhile, the burden of proof in a libel case is extremely high. The law don’t care about your Alaska hockey mom BS, Sarah.

  10. AC says:

    I am glad that she lost. All of the lies that she spewed about other people.

  11. jferber says:

    She’s aging very poorly, I’m glad to see.

  12. MangoAngelesque says:

    Legit thought that was Kris Jenner in the teaser photo before I saw the caption.