Sarah Palin’s Defamation Trial Against the New York Times Begins

From a Wall Street Journal story by Deanna Paul headlined “Sarah Palin’s Defamation Trial Against the New York Times Begins”:

Court proceedings in Sarah Palin’s lawsuit against the New York Times kicked off Thursday, in a rare defamation trial against a leading news outlet that could have broad ramifications for the future of media law.

The case stems from a June 2017 editorial published hours after a gunman opened fire at a congressional baseball practice outside Washington, D.C., wounding several people, including Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, a top House Republican.

Update: Sarah Palin’s Defamation Trial Against the New York Times Delayed

From a Washington Post story by Sarah Ellison:

NEW YORK — A long-awaited showdown in a Manhattan courtroom between Sarah Palin and the New York Times over a 2017 editorial she says defamed her was delayed Monday when the former Alaska governor tested positive for the coronavirus.

The trial was expected to begin with jury selection Monday morning, but U.S. District Court Judge Jed S. Rakoff told his Manhattan courtroom that he had learned Sunday night that Palin had tested positive on an initial test. “She is, of course, unvaccinated,” he noted.

Sarah Palin v. New York Times Goes to Trial: “It’s a sign that deference to the press in the courts is giving way to a more challenging legal landscape for journalists”

From a story on by Josh Gerstein headlined “Sarah Palin v. New York Times goes to trial”:

More than a decade after Sarah Palin found herself roundly mocked by the nation’s media elite as a small-town rube during her stint as Sen. John McCain’s populist vice presidential running mate, the former Alaska governor has a chance this week to strike back in court at those she viewed as her tormentors.

Palin is set to take on the colossus of the establishment press, The New York Times, in a libel suit she filed over a 2017 editorial that erroneously linked her political activities to the 2011 shooting attack in Tucson, Ariz., that left six people dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) badly wounded.