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January 9, 2015

Kirby Delauter

Roy Meachum

Frederick County Councilman Kirby Delauter has proposed new rules for the press: Even the mention of his name must be agreed upon in advance. He threatens a lawsuit. Specifically his menace targets News-Post reporter Bethany Rodgers.


When I was associated with The Washington Post, I came to know the distinguished editorial cartoonist Herblock – if extended my old friend would be put out of business; so would a number of writers and cartoonists. Never mind. Thomas Jefferson had problems with the critical press; he was weary and after his “honeymoon” from crisis, he pled exasperation with journals of his time.


Currently, Mr. Delauter had trouble with Rachel Maddow on MSNBC; she led a tirade – agreed by her colleagues – against him. The only supporter, fellow Councilman Billy Shreve; his head might agree until reactions tumble in.


Privacy goes out the window once you decide to run for public office.


In addition to Mr. Jefferson, the Oval Office comes with a certain tradition: “Ma! Ma! Where’s my pa?” “Gone to The White House. Ha! Ha! Ha!” in the 19th century; and JFK not so long ago: Marilyn Monroe was involved, at least with memories.


“First of all, there is no requirement to get a person’s authorization to mention them in the newspaper, particularly if that person is an elected official,” Ms. Rodgers wrote in comment below the original post.


“It is not just our responsibility to report on people like you, who occupy positions of trust in our government, and I make no apologies for doing that.”


Until late Wednesday afternoon, Kirby Delauter opposed his name in the paper, specifically The Frederick News-Post, which carried his apology in a front page story yesterday.


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