Kirby Delauter didn’t like the way The Frederick News-Post quoted him in an article about Frederick County council parking spots. Councilman Delauter went on Facebook and threatened to sue the local newspaper if they used his name, Kirby Dalauter, without his permission.
NOTE: ChesapeakeLiving.com is using Kirby Delauter’s name without permission because he is an elected official and put himself into the spotlight as a public figure.
The reporter who was mentioned in the Facebook post wrote a story about Mr. Delauter’s posting, then the newspaper’s editorial board decided to issue its Sunday editorial early, titled “Kirby Delauter, Kirby Delauter, Kirby Delauter.”
It said in part… “we wondered, if it’s not a joke, how should we now refer to Kirby Delauter if we can’t use his name (Kirby Delauter)?”
“What’s Kirby Delauter going to do? Sue everyone who’s making fun of him on Twitter using the #kirbydelauter hashtag, or on Facebook? Boy, his attorney will be able to retire off that.”
And, that’s what happened. The story went viral.
Kirby Delauter then issued a statement saying he was “wrong and inappropriate.”
“The first amendment is alive and well in Frederick County. As a public figure working to maintain and improve the county, it can be very frustrating to feel misrepresented or misinterpreted by a local media outlet.”
Mr. Delauter goes on to say, “I thought I had long ago learned the lesson of waiting 24 hours before I hit the send key, but apparently I didn’t learn that lesson as well as I should have.”