The New York Times on Thursday corrected an editorial that claimed there was a "clear" link between the 2011 shooting of then-Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords and former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
Some right-leaning journalists criticized the original version of the editorial, by noting that Giffords' shooter, Jared Loughner, had no clear political affiliations and that some friends even believed he might be more liberal than conservative.
The original version of the Times editorial, which focused on the shooting Wednesday at a recreational Congressional Republican baseball practice outside of Washington, D.C., said "the link to political incitement was clear" in the Giffords shooting. It went on to note that Palin's political action committee had "circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords ... under stylized crosshairs."
But evidence had suggested that Loughner was long a vehement critic of Giffords and government in general before the map's circulation.
"An earlier version of this editorial incorrectly stated that a link existed between political incitement and the 2011 shooting of Representative Gabby Giffords," the Times said in its correction. "In fact, no such link was established."
After the Wednesday shooting of the baseball practice, many conservatives have called on Democrats and liberals to condemn inflammatory political speech.