New York Times Wins Round One in the Palin Lawsuit

CNN’s Reliable Sources says the New York Times wins the first round in Sarah Palin’s lawsuit against the newspaper:

The New York Times celebrated a legal victory on Monday. To unpack it, let’s go back in time nearly five years. On August 29, 2017, federal Judge Jed Rakoff dismissed Sarah Palin‘s defamation case against The Times, a mere two months after she filed the lawsuit.

“If political journalism is to achieve its constitutionally endorsed role of challenging the powerful,” he said, “legal redress by a public figure must be limited to those cases where the public figure has a plausible factual basis for complaining that the mistake was made maliciously.” Palin failed to do so, he said.