Sarah Palin wants to kibosh Masked Singer footage in defamation case

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The former Republican candidate is suing The New York Times over a 2017 editorial

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One-time U.S. vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is asking that jurors in her defamation case against The New York Times be barred from seeing footage of the politician during her star turn on The Masked Singer.

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The former Republican candidate filed papers on Monday that listed a number of court exhibits she wants kicked to the curb because they could cause “unfair prejudice and confusion.”

That includes the infamous “Masked Singer Video – Dancing and Rapping” and “Masked Singer Video – Reveal.” The former governor of Alaska also wants articles about the case banned.

The New York Post reports that “Palin Instagram Account” and “Sarahpalin.com – Online Store” are among the other exhibits she’s concerned about.

The tabloid noted that exactly why the Times might use The Masked Singer footage remains a mystery. The Times is expected to respond next week.

Palin — a self-proclaimed mama bear and right wing dream girl — appeared on the Fox reality show on March 11, 2020.

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Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin addresses the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) February 26, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin addresses the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) February 26, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Photo by Alex Wong /Getty Images

She is suing The New York Times over a 2017 editorial that tackled recent shootings targeting elected officials. With the headline America’s Lethal Politics, Palin complained she was unfairly linked to the Arizona shooting that wounded Rep. Gabby Giffords.

Her lawyers wrote: “(The Times defamed her when it) falsely stated as a matter of fact to millions of people that Mrs. Palin incited Jared Loughner’s Jan. 8, 2011, shooting rampage at a political event in Tucson, Arizona, during which he shot 19people, severely wounding United States Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.”

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The Times said her political action committee distributed a map that featured “Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs.”

The newspaper wrote a clarification and sought to dismiss the action, but a panel of three judges scotched their efforts.

Unless the two sides reach a deal, the trial is expected to go ahead in the next few weeks.

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