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Kirby Delauter Mercilessly Mocked by Paper He Threatened for Printing His Name

Maryland council member Kirby Delauter made the bizarre claim Saturday that a reporter was not allowed to use Kirby Delauter’s name in her article without his authorization. After Frederick News-Post reporter Bethany Rodgers politely called Kirby Delauter bananapants, Kirby Delauter threatened to sue the paper if they did it again.

On Tuesday the News-Post ran an op-ed in response with the predictable headline repeating Kirby Delauter’s name multiple times. But that was only the beginning.

“How should we now refer to Kirby Delauter if we can’t use his name (Kirby Delauter)?” the editors asked, adding:

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?

[…] We found a great automatic online anagrammer that generated all kinds of alternatives and could make it a challenge for our readers to decode each time we have to reference the councilman: “Rebuked artily.” That was a good one. “Bakery diluter” is just silly but does have a ring about it. “Keyed rural bit” was another that caught our eye as somewhat telling, because Kirby Delauter’s pretty keyed up. We’re sure there’s a joke in “Brutelike Yard” somewhere.”

And then there’s this:

Sure enough, the oped is a bit long because they spelled out Kirby Delauter’s name with the first letter of each paragraph.

The paper did fit in a serious response to Kirby Delauter: “We will not bow to petty intimidation tactics because a local politician thinks he can score political points with his base throwing around empty threats,” it wrote. The editors tied in Kirby Delauter’s threat to his overall bullyish demeanor, arguing that this novelty story is actually part of why the paper has previously opposed Kirby Delauter.

Kirby Delauter? The Frederick News-Post read your book.

[h/t Frederick Free-Post]

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