The tolerant left. The political party of compassion. That’s what they claim to be, and while in most cases ‘actions speak louder than words’ the words published by the Los Angeles Times are actually just as indicative as their actions.

The Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by Michael Hiltzik titled, “Mocking anti-vaxxers’ deaths is ghoulish, yes – but necessary.” The title explains it all, but here are some quotes from the piece:

“It may be not a little ghoulish to celebrate or exult in the deaths of vaccine opponents. And it may be proper to express sympathy and solicitude to those they leave behind…But mockery is not necessarily the wrong reaction to those who publicly mocked anti-COVID measures and encouraged others to follow suit before they perished of the disease the dangers of which they belittled.”

“Nor is it wrong to deny them our sympathy and solicitude, or to make sure it’s known when their deaths are marked that they had stood fast against measures that might have protected others from the fate they succumbed to themselves…There may be no other way to make sure that the lessons of these teachable moments are heard.”

The “article” even went so far as to publish a photo of one of the victims who perished, Kelly Ernby, writing: “Finally, there are those who have voiced public opposition to the vaccines — not all of whom are unvaccinated themselves. Some have couched their opposition in policy terms. Ernby fell into that category — she asserted opposition not to the vaccines as such, but to vaccination mandates.”

“It should be clear that opposing vaccine mandates as a substitute for opposing vaccination itself is a fundamentally incoherent position. It’s little more than the garden variety small-government Republican ideology. That’s what it was in Ernby’s hands,” added Hiltzik.

Many on social media, including many of Hiltzik’s fellow journalists, were quick to condemn the piece. Doug Heye wrote, “How does a piece laughing at Covid deaths, and thus the pain their loved ones go through, make it through the @LATimes editing process?”

Mike Glenn tweeted, “I’m fully vaccinated and you are a garbage person for thinking like this.”