A couple of thoughts on this.
- Dismissing the lawsuit is almost certainly the correct decision. While I am 99% sure the authors and editors knew what they published was bullshit, they also knew they could quickly issue a “retraction” and the damage of their initial publication was already done.
- If the NYT were held accountable, it would set a precedent that would harm smaller, independent outlets that actually did make honest mistakes.
- I hope Palin appeals i tall the way to SCOTUS just to be a PITA to the NYT. Although I wonder who is bankrolling the lawsuit?