LA Times Columnist Says Mocking Anti-Vaxxers Deaths ‘May Be Necessary’ To Create ‘Teachable Moments’

The Los Angeles Times published an article by journalist Michael Hiltzik on Monday, in which he argued that ridiculing the deaths of “anti-vaxxers” was “necessary.”

The original, first archive of Hitzik’s article read, “Mocking anti-vaxxers’ deaths is ghoulish, yes — but necessary.”

According to the URL for the post, the column was originally titled, “Why Shouldn’t We Dance On The Graves of Anti-Vaxxers?” but was later changed.

https://twitter.com/crabcrawler1/status/1480660837790625798

It’s possible that Hiltzik or an editor made changes to it before it was published (or shortly after).

The current title is “Mocking anti-vaxxers’ COVID deaths is ghoulish, yes — but may be necessary.”

Hiltzik’s post was primarily concerned with making light of the terrible death of conservative activist Kelly Ernby, who died last week at the age of 46 after suffering from undisclosed “covid complications.”

Ernby was highly vilified in the media as an “anti-vaxxer” because she opposed the use of children as test subjects for medical research and the demand that they get covid mRNA vaccinations as a condition of attending school.

In the Los Angeles Times, Hiltzik wrote:

“Kelly Ernby’s friends and family ask us to remember her for her career as a public servant and as a devoted spouse and mother. But let’s not mince words: Her campaigns against public health measures negated whatever good she may have done in her other endeavors. The policies Ernby advocated may well have contributed to the spread of COVID and to the damaging of the public health infrastructure in her own community. Even before this pandemic, she spoke out for measures that would threaten California schoolchildren with exposure to deadly childhood diseases. There were no scientific or medical grounds for her opposition to mandates; there was only political ideology.”

Covid cases in the United States are now on the rise and have never been greater, despite the fact that at least 61 percent or more of the population has been “fully vaccinated” and a considerable percentage of those have been “boosted.”

COVID and its variants are spreading rapidly among the double- and triple-vaccinated. Also, the vaccinated are suffering symptoms similar to those experienced by the unvaccinated.

Many believe the vaccines have failed in their attempts to curb the spread of covid. However, some believe the vaccine helps prevent Omicorn from being as dangerous to vaccinated individuals. 

Currently, research coming out of Denmark indicates that those who have been “fully vaccinated” are now more prone to catch Omicron.

Whether it was Hiltzik or an editor, the second to last sentence was modified to read, “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 themselves and others from the fate they succumbed to.

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