Another day, another right-winger who apparently doesn’t understand the Constitution. In a story that literally made me laugh out loud, Councilman Kirby Delauter of Frederick County, Maryland threw a bit of a hissy fit after Bethany Rodgers of the Fredericks News-Post used his name in a post.
It seems Mr. Kirby Delauter isn’t quite aware of how our Constitution or our First Amendment works. You know, that whole “freedom of the press” thing. Now, if he were an ordinary private citizen, sure, Kirby Delauter might have a bit of an argument against a reporter for writing something about him. Especially if the article written about private citizen Kirby Delauter was derogatory or slanderous.
But as a public servant, Kirby Delauter is not afforded that kind of protection. It is fully within the right of the press to report on his behavior as a representative of government.
But let’s take a look at Kirby Delauter’s ridiculousness, shall we? Here’s the screenshot via The Washington Post:
Now, if she lied about him maliciously with an intent to slander him, and he can prove that, then he might have a case. But as a politician, good luck proving that. If politicians could sue for lies being told about them, Fox News would constantly be in court.
I can’t help but think of the old saying, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” If Kirby Delauter wants to be a public servant, it’s a part of his job to deal with negative and often unflattering press. Heck, sometimes the desire to not want to be hounded and hammered by the media is the difference between a political pundit and an actual politician. Someone might have all the tools and skills required to make a great public servant, they just don’t have the desire to deal with all of the other baggage that comes with it.
His threat to sue based on the notion of “his rights” is rather humorous considering our First Amendment clearly states we have a “freedom of the press” in this country. Again, this is a public servant telling a member of the press that they have no right to use his name, Kirby Delauter.
Perhaps Councilman Kirby Delauter needs to take a course on our Constitution, because it seems Kirby Delauter doesn’t quite understand how “rights’ work.
And the most ironic part of all of this is that had he not thrown this hissy fit, odds are 99 percent of Americans would have never heard of him. But because he decided to threaten this reporter for using his name, practically every media entity in this country has plastered his name, Kirby Delauter, all over the news.
But let’s not be cruel. Maybe he was just having a bad day. So, let’s take a few moments to be proud, patriotic Americans, shall we? I think anyone who feels inclined to do so should email Kirby Delauter and share with him any suggestions you might have to help him govern better as a Frederick County councilman.
Because I think it’s our civic duty to make sure that Kirby Delauter performs his duties to the best of his abilities.