The excuse doesn’t fly when your paper acknowledges the truth in a different article on the same day. Also claiming ‘honest mistake’ doesn’t excuse the obligation of due diligence.
Via NY Post:
Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against The New York Times should be tossed because the paper made “an honest mistake” when it said she incited a 2011 shooting that severely wounded Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords and killed six people, a lawyer for the Gray Lady said on Friday.
“There was an honest mistake in posting the editorial,” lawyer David Schultz told Manhattan federal Judge Jed Rakoff.