- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sarah Palin rebuked a now-corrected New York Times editorial that repeated a debunked claim that she inspired the 2011 Arizona mass shooting that severely injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

In a Facebook post Thursday morning, the former Alaska governor accused “perversely biased” news media for “attempting to destroy innocent people with lies and more fake news.”

“As I said yesterday, I’d hoped the media had collectively matured since the last attack on a Representative when media coverage spewed blatant lies about who was to blame. There’s been no improvement. The NYT has gotten worse,” Mrs. Palin wrote.

The New York Times has since corrected an editorial that received widespread backlash for linking Mrs. Palin to the 2011 assassination attempt of Mrs. Giffords.

“In 2011, when Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl, the link to political incitement was clear. Before the shooting, Sarah Palin’s political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs,” the editorial read initially.

In light of Wednesday’s shooting attack on Republican congressional members in Alexandria, Virginia, the editorial sought to argue that liberals should be held to the same standard of decency that conservatives were held to in 2011.

But as many critics rightly noted, Loughner’s hatred for Mrs. Giffords long predated Mrs. Palin’s target map.

The Daily Caller reported that amid the criticism of The Times’ editorial, another sentence was added stating, “no connection to the shooting was ever established.”

On Thursday, the editorial was amended with a correction.

“An earlier version of this editorial incorrectly stated that a link existed between political incitement and the 2011 shooting of Representative Gabby Giffords. In fact, no such link was established,” the correction read.

But Mrs. Palin still isn’t satisfied. She wrote on Twitter that she was speaking to lawyers and considering her legal options.

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