Palin claims in her federal lawsuit that the Times used the Tucson shooting "as an artifice to exploit the shooting that occurred on June 14, 2017", when James Hodgkinson shot up a baseball practice by congressional Republicans.
The Times allegedly defamed the former governor because the newspaper "tended to injure Mrs. Palin in her trade, business or profession and directly implicated Mrs. Palin in a horrific crime", the suit claims.
Palin, a Republican, also claims that the Times editorial incorrectly reported that her political action committee circulated "a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs". A spokeswoman for Times says they will defend against any claim vigorously.
"It took Mrs. Palin years to overcome the detrimental impacts of the false speculation that she caused Loughner to commit murder", her suit states.
The Times soon corrected the editorial, saying there was no link between political rhetoric and the 2011 shooting, as well as clarifying its depiction of the map.
As a public figure, she will have to prove among other things that the Times knowingly published false information about her to prevail in her lawsuit. Further, there was no causal link established between Palin's ad and the Giffords shooting because the gunman - Jared Loughner - had grown obsessed with the congresswoman beginning in 2007, long before Palin's ad surfaced.
Palin officially filed a defamation lawsuit against the publication on Tuesday.
"On November 13, 2016, The Times pledged to rededicate itself to reporting facts honestly and holding power to account", Palin's attorneys Preston Ricardo, Ken Tukel and Shane Vogt told Deadline this evening. Rather than simply condemn the ultra-hyperbolized political rhetoric from the left that clearly inspired a insane person to pick up guns and go on a rampage against politicians he didn't like, the high mucky mucks New York Times lashed out against a conservative politician in the most expedient way possible - by lying about it.
The lawsuit focuses on the knowledge of the Times' editorial board.