New York Times Corrects Editorial That Linked Sarah Palin to Gabby Giffords' Shooting

The New York Times has printed a correction underneath an editorial that suggested political incitement from Sarah Palin was linked to the 2011 shooting of Representative Gabby Giffords in Tucson.

The paper’s correction was written after an editorial about Wednesday’s shooting at a Congressional baseball practice titled “America’s Lethal Politics” was widely panned for suggesting that Palin’s political action committee's decision to circulate leaflets with crosshairs on them had prompted the 2011 shooting.

The editorial, published on June 14, read: "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,” it added.

However, following heavy criticism, The Times opted to change the editorial, retracting the suggestion that Palin's team was linked with the Giffords shooting.

It’s correction stated: “In 2011, 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. At the time, we and others were sharply critical of the heated political rhetoric on the right.

“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. But in that case no connection to the shooting was ever established,” it added.

Pakin herself slammed the editorial, writing on Facebook: "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."

In addition to revising the wording, The Times added a note underneath the updated editorial that read: “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.”

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