Kirby Delauter says he’s sorry. He erred in threatening to sue a local newspaper for using his name without “authorization.”
He’s a Frederick County, Md., county councilor who got upset with a local newspaper’s account of things he had said in public. So he threatened to sue the paper and any reporter who used his name without first getting permission — from Delauter himself.
That’s a very bad call, councilor.
Today he says he’s sorry. He won’t sue. Delauter understands what the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides, which among other freedoms is a free press.
Delauter said in part: “Of course, as I am an elected official, the Frederick News-Post has the right to use my name in any article related to the running of the county — that comes with the job. So yes, my statement to the Frederick News-Post regarding the use of my name was wrong and inappropriate. I’m not afraid to admit when I’m wrong.”
The threat drew a loud chorus of criticism from around the country.
So, with that, he has apologized.
Apology accepted, Mr. Delauter.