The Los Angeles Times published an article by columnist Michael Hiltzik which says mocking the deaths of anti-vaxxers is “necessary”.
As Chris Menahan notes, the URL of the original article suggests the first headline was even worse and that it was subsequently changed by an editor.
The first incarnation was called ‘Why Shouldn’t We Dance On The Graves of Anti-Vaxxers?’
The headline was changed to ‘Mocking anti-vaxxers’ deaths is ghoulish, yes — but necessary’.
Its final incarnation is now published as ‘Mocking anti-vaxxers’ COVID deaths is ghoulish, yes — but may be necessary’.
The constant watering down of the headline clearly suggests the newspaper was trying to minimize the inevitable backlash that would ensue.
The bulk of the piece focuses on mocking the death of conservative activist Kelly Ernby, who campaigned against mandatory COVID vaccines for children as a condition of going to school, but subsequently died from “COVID complications.”
“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,” writes Hiltzik.