Sarah Palin Sues Gawker for Talking About her Book (Update)

Update: What I thought wasn’t going to happen – happened. Sarah Palin found a judge to order Gawker pull the story they ran about Palin’s new book. Palin’s hypocrisy knows no bounds. (November 21, 2010)

On Friday, Sarah Palin’s publisher, the Rupert Murdoch owned Harper Collins, filed a lawsuit against Gawker for publishing leaked excerpts from her soon-to-be-released book.

Here’s what happened. On Wednesday, November 17, Gawker ran a story containing about 20 pages of excerpts from Palin’s new book. The next day Palin tweeted, “The publishing world is LEAKING out-of-context excerpts of my book w/out my permission? Isn’t that illegal?”

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Shortly after her tweet, Gawker ran this response pointing Palin to the legal concept known as fair use.

Palin and her publisher aren’t buying it though, and they want Gawker to pull the original story and to return all of the book excerpts so that they can be destroyed.

What’s so ridiculous about Palin’s whining is that if this situation involved a conservative publication critiquing a liberal author’s book, and the liberal book publisher threatened a lawsuit, she would be the first to start screeching about the 1st Amendment.

If the court does rule in Palin’s favor, that ruling will have a chilling effect on everyone’s 1st Amendment rights because publications will be prevented from printing excerpts from books. That’s probably not going to happen, but the fact that she’s asking for that says a lot about Palin.

This woman is incapable of recognizing her own hypocrisy.

For the public record, if Gawker somehow loses this legal argument, or caves, here are the excerpts in question.

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