Frederick County, Maryland, Councilman Kirby Delauter on Saturday threatened the Frederick News-Post with a groundless lawsuit for using his name without his permission. The newspaper's editorial board responded on Tuesday with an article, titled "Kirby Delauter, Kirby Delauter, Kirby Delauter," naming him 29 times, including the headline and photo caption.
Here is an excerpt from the editorial:
Round about then, we wondered, if it’s not a joke, how should we now refer to Kirby Delauter if we can't use his name (Kirby Delauter)? Could we get away with an entire editorial of nothing but "Kirby Delauter" repeated over and over again -- Kirby Delauter, Kirby Delauter, Kirby Delauter? OK, imagine we agreed because of temporary madness or something funny in the water that week, how would we reference "Kirby Delauter" and do our job as journalists without running afoul of our lack of authorization?
And here is Kirby Delauter's original demand, which he posted on Facebook: