Kirby Delauter, a county councilman in Frederick County Maryland, got angry when a local reporter mentioned him in an article. On Facebook he threatened legal action if the reporter ever again mentioned him without his permission in another article.

His buffoonery got picked up by a couple of blogs but when @Popehat started making fun, Delauter fell victim to the dreaded “Streisand Effect.”

What’s the Striesand Effect? explains:

Streisand Effect refers to the unintended consequence of further publicizing information by trying to have it censored. Instead of successfully removing the information from the public, it becomes even more widely available than before as a backlash against the censorship attempt.


Oh, well played, sir.


We don’t expect the courts to take this too seriously.