Unvaccinated Palin Gets COVID, Derailing Her NYT Defamation Suit Trial

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 14: Former Governor Sarah Palin speaks during the "Climate Hustle" panel discussion at the Rayburn House Office Building on April 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Kris Connor/Getty Images)

What was supposed to be the first day of the trial in ex-GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s defamation case against the New York Times on Monday has been pushed back to next week after she tested positive for COVID-19, the judge in the case announced on Monday.

Manhattan federal court Judge Jed Rakoff, who is overseeing the fight in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, told the courtroom that Palin had tested positive on Sunday night.

“She is, of course, unvaccinated,” he remarked.

Rakoff rescheduled the trial to February 3.

During a conference hosted by right-wing group Turning Point in December, Palin declared that she would never get the COVID-19 vaccine or comply with vaccine mandates.

“It’ll be over my dead body that I’ll have to get a shot,” she said. “I won’t do it.”

Palin also urged the audience to “rise up” and say “nooooo, enough is enough” to the mandates.

The former Alaska governor is suing the Times over a 2017 editorial that connected the shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords (AZ) to an electoral district map distributed by Palin’s super PAC. The editorial, written in wake of the Republican congressional baseball practice shooting that injured Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), argued that Giffords’ shooting and the “link to political incitement” was “clear.”

The Times issued a correction the day after the column was published, stating that “no such link was established.”

Palin filed her lawsuit later that June.

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Latest News
Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Reporters:
Newswriter:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: