Maryland Conservative Councilman Flips Out on Reporter, Threatens to Sue for Using His Name in Article

delauterAnother 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

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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.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Cutter John

    Was he picking up tranny hookers and dumping the bodies in a forest when he found the surprise again?

  • Mike Heuer

    While the guy is a bit of a nut, he’s no nuttier than Maxine Waters or a whole slew of other loons occupying elected positions as liberals.

    • Lori Nicocia

      I may have missed it, but I don’t see his affiliation even mentioned. He is an imbecile; that’s what this is about, but thank you for answering the question: “What idiots voted for this guy?”

    • Big0725

      I missed the Maxine Waters diatribe on social media threatening a reporter with legal action.

    • crabjack

      The “I know you are but what am I” defense doesn’t work with adults, Mike.

      • Mike Heuer

        No one said you don’t have the right to be an imbecile, as you goofs just proved. Your hero, Obama is about as bad as it gets when it comes to media censorship. In fact, a reporter just sued him.

    • Eg Kbbs

      Wow. It has gotten so that the best the conservatives can say for their candidates are that they aren’t as nutty as the other side ?????? And in making the comparison, let us not forget the video of the politico threatening to throw the guy over the balcony too.

      Used to be that would be called damning with faint praise.

      (Admittedly I am assuming from your wording that you are a conservative).

      • Mike Heuer

        I see intelligence isn’t your strong suit. Unfortunately for you, stupidity and hypocrisy aren’t virtues.

      • Eg Kbbs

        Read it folks. A perfect example of a well-reasoned statement from the right.

  • hellyeah_rook

    Oooh, just out of curiosity, did Kirby self like his reply “Your rights stop where mine stop”?? That would be the icing on the cake if he was the first to like his own comment.

  • Mainah

    Wow. Just … wow. That’s right. Someone who knows nothing about our actual rights, put in print his lack of knowledge, bullying tactic, smearing, condescension for all to see. I love the juvenile way he talks to her. “your better than that but you already sold your soul.” Um, what? Which is it? That’s she’s better or it’s just too later for her now? “You twisted my words so you can’t use my name ever again!” BAAHAAHAAHAAHAA
    *thankful this guy isn’t my Councilmen.

  • Coppolasetic

    Kirby Delauter (R), an elected official in Frederick County, Maryland, …

  • sherry06053

    Good article – very funny!

  • meatwad_SSuppet

    Typical con-server,,, how were his high school constitution test results? Failed?

    Oh that’s right, it is the just-us party of con-servers.

  • Eg Kbbs

    As you say, he is not only a public figure but a politician. Mentioning him in a news article or even an op ed, satirical piece, or even mean spirited tirade is fair game. Almost impossible to sue for libel/slander, defamation, invasion of privacy, etc.

    Shouldn’t the people we elect to make our laws have at least a rudimentary knowledge of the law ?

    And on a tangent, I thought politicians wanted people to mention their name so that their names became familiar so they could get more votes.