Frederick County council member Kirby Delauter, who threatened to sue the Frederick News-Post if it published his name without permission, now acknowledges that he was wrong. He says in a statement:
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.
I got elected to serve all the citizens of northern Frederick County, Democrats as well as Republicans. I look forward to the local papers covering my effort in that regard.
* Delauter issues apology to the News-Post (fredericknewspost.com)
* Delauter: “I’m not afraid to admit when I’m wrong” (frederickcountymd.gov)
* Earlier: Start suing, Mr. Councilman (jimromenesko.com)
On Monday, Cumberland County (Maine) Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz tried to tell the Portland Press Herald and other media what they could and couldn’t report about a prominent attorney’s domestic violence case.
The Press Herald ignored the the judge; its lawyer said that “there is a 100 percent chance that the order is unlawful.”
Moskowitz, who was blasted by First Amendment experts, returned to the courtroom on Wednesday to admit that he made a mistake. He said:
“It’s certainly very clear that this particular order was not lawful and I should not have issued it. That order is now rescinded.”
* Judge rescinds “unlawful” media gag order (pressherald.com)
* Earlier: Judge tries to dictate coverage of attorney’s assault case (pressherald.com)
* New York Times and The Guardian have live Charlie Hebdo attack updates. (theguardian.com) / (nytimes.com) | President Obama’s statement. (@davidjoachim) | The satirical magazine’s history (time.com) | The editor wasn’t afraid of threats. (theweek.com) | “12 Most Shocking Charlie Hebdo Covers.” (thedailybeast.com) | From 2012: “The Charlie Hebdo Affair: Laughing at Blasphemy.” (newyorker.com) | Cartoon at right via The New Yorker.
* Julian Assange: The “world must now avenge Charlie Hebdo by swiftly republishing all their cartoons.” (cnn.com)
* A Maine judge calls a new hearing after the Portland Press Herald ignores his gag order. (pressherald.com)
* “I couldn’t believe it,” writes a student covering the Boston Marathon bombing trial. “If ever there was imposter syndrome, this was it. MIT doesn’t even offer a journalism major! I thought to myself.” (mit.edu)
* In 2003, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter declined to publish girls’ on-the-record stories about “sleazy billionaire” Jeffrey Epstein. (thedailybeast.com)
* Hearst reports record revenue and profits for the fourth straight year. (nypost.com)
* Producer: “The atmosphere [on the set of ‘Morning Joe’] might be very chummy — and we make no apologies for that — but the questions are never too chummy.” (thewrap.com)
* One more “C” please, Iowa City Press-Citizen. (“ARTIC BLAST”) (@iservin) | PDF of Tuesday’s page one. (newseum.com)
* [LEFT] Boston Whole Foods Market’s decor pays homage to the former Herald building’s print journalism history. (bostonglobe.com) | (bostonherald.com)
* Former New York Times deputy managing editor Larry Ingrassia joins the Los Angeles Times; he’ll focus on boosting digital readership. (latimes.com)
* New York Times boss promises to “fix the things the buyouts broke.” (cnn.com) | (nypost.com)
* The Drudge Report and other sites that make designers cringe. (digiday.com)