Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is five years into court battle with The New York Times.
But there’s something that she doesn’t want the jury to see.
Palin’s lawyers asked the court not to show any videos of her 2020 appearance on The Masked Singer, according to a court filing reviewed by the New York Post Tuesday.
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Palin’s team reportedly worried about the video causing “unfair prejudice and confusion.” She apparently also asked to bar jurors from seeing her Instagram account and her online store, according to the NY Post.
One video shows Palin rapping the song “Baby Got Back.” It went viral a matter of days before the Great Lockdown of 2020.
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Palin started her legal battle with the Times in 2017.
In 2017, the Times editorial board discussed the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and the newspaper mischaracterized a TV advertisement circulated by Palin’s political action committee.
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According to the Times, the 2010 ad showed a gun’s crosshairs on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. Shortly afterward, Giffords was left with brain damage after a politically motivated shooting, and the Times brought up Palin’s ad in this context.
However, the ad didn’t show Giffords herself in a crosshairs. It only showed Giffords’ congressional district.
The Times acknowledged the error and corrected.
“An editorial on Thursday about the shooting of Representative Steve Scalise incorrectly stated that a link existed between political rhetoric and the 2011 shooting of Representative Gabby Giffords. In fact, no such link was established,” the paper wrote.
“The editorial also incorrectly described a map distributed by a political action committee before that shooting. It depicted electoral districts, not individual Democratic lawmakers, beneath stylized cross hairs.”
Palin sued the paper within the year.
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A lower, district court dismissed the case, just as the Times had suggested. Palin successfully appealled the case in 2019, and it remains ongoing.
Palin may settle with the Times, or she may take the case to trial. The future of her lawsuit remains unclear.
The NY Post requested comment from both Palin and the Times, but neither party responded.
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