Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has announced that she’s suing The New York Times for libel, accusing the paper of running an editorial linking an ad she ran in 2011 with the shooting of 18 people, including Arizona Representative Gabby Giffords. The editorial—which has since been corrected, but which originally said that “the link to political incitement was clear“ in regards to ads Palin ran showing crosshairs over targeted congressional districts—ran shortly after a gunman opened fire on Republican representatives and senators practicing for a baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia on June 14.
Palin’s lawyers say the Times “violated the law and its own policies” by accusing her of inciting the shooting, which killed six people. Palin is seeking damages. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Times says the paper has yet to see the suit, but “will defend against any claim vigorously.”