Sarah Palin indicated on Thursday that she might sue the New York Times over editorial that suggested she was in some way responsible for the 2011 shooting of then-Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords.
"Commonsense suggestion by a journalist, am talking to attorneys this [morning] and exploring options," she said. "[By the way], wonder WHY someone would no longer be in public eye? Think constant libel & slander have anything to do with it?"
(2/2) ...WHY someone would no longer be in public eye? Think constant libel & slander have anything to do with it? — Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) June 15, 2017
Attached to one of her tweets was an article that questioned whether Palin has "a libel case" against the Times.
The paper on Thursday corrected an editorial that claimed there was a "clear" link between the shooting of Giffords and Palin.
The original version of the Times editorial, which focused on the shooting Wednesday at a recreational congressional Republican baseball practice outside of Washington, 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 at the suggested that the shooter, Jared 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.