Palin sues NYT: What it means for future press protections

Phoebe Lett is questioned by defense attorney Kenneth Turkel as Sarah Palin, 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate and former Alaska governor, listens during Palin's defamation lawsuit trial against the New York Times, at the United States Courthouse in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., February 7, 2022 in this courtroom sketch. Photo by REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is suing the New York Times over an editorial that incorrectly linked her political activity to the shooting that nearly killed Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords more than a decade ago. The defamation trial begins on Friday after being delayed when Palin tested positive for COVID. It’s a big case — not just because it’s Palin versus the Times, but because it could be an opportunity to reevaluate the power of free speech protections for the media.

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