Maryland Council Member Kirby Delauter Admits He Was Wrong To Threaten To Sue Newspaper For Using His Name
from the well,-at-least-you-figured-that-out dept
Earlier this week, we wrote about Kirby Delauter, a Frederick County, Maryland, Councilmember who got angry about some press coverage he didn’t like, telling the reporter on Facebook that she was not allowed to use his name without “authorization” and threatening to sue.
This made some people wonder if Delauther would keep digging or admit his error. The wise move is to admit being wrong — but all too often we see people in these positions keep digging, somehow hoping that standing by their argument will somehow magically make them pop out on the other side of the world where everything is right again. This never works.
So, at the very least, kudos to Delauter for taking the other option and actually admitting he was wrong:
?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.
?Over my career I have fired off my fair share of angry e-mails, which in hindsight I wish I hadn’t. I can’t think of one that had a positive effect. Usually, they only served to escalate the conflict. 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.
?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.
It does seem a little late to recognize the basic fact that, yes, anyone can use your name in a news story (even if you’re not an elected official), but at least he decided to admit his mistake rather than choosing the alternative.