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LA Times columnist doubles down on mocking death of unvaccinated

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Los Angeles Times business columnist Michael Hiltzik doubles down on the idea that people should make fun of the unvaccinated who have died from the coronavirus.

Hiltzik explained during a Saturday appearance on CNN that while it’s culturally appropriate to mourn the dead and remember the good they did during their lifetime, it’s not “entirely appropriate” when it’s about those who died of COVID-19.

“A lot of them actually promoted reckless and dangerous policies and… they took innocent people with them,” he said. “Each of these deaths is a teachable moment and, sadly, we have not learned the lesson we should be hearing.”

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Hiltzik published a column last week titled “Making fun of the deaths of anti-vaxxers is macabre, yes — but necessary” where he addressed the death of Kelly Ernby, assistant district attorney for Orange County, Calif., who is allegedly died of complications from the coronavirus last week after opposing vaccination mandates.

The columnist specifically explored how mockery “isn’t necessarily the wrong reaction” to these deaths and how “appeals for ‘civility’ are fraud”. Hiltzik reiterated this during his interview with CNN and explained how bad the expectation of being civil is for hypocrites.

“This argument is designed to distract people from what is actually being said,” he said. “And even if it’s said in the strongest way possible.”

By showing civility to a deceased unvaccinated person, he argued, it “erases the harm” done to his family and community.

Lurie Children’s Hospital registered nurse Carolyn Ruyle prepares a dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Lurie Children’s Hospital Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

“And I don’t think evil is something we should erase,” he said. “I think we should point that out – mockery, well, maybe that’s one way. Maybe it’s not the only way. But I don’t think it’s necessarily the wrong way. “

As Ernby’s death is used as an example, Hiltzik said he disagreed with the argument that she should be remembered for the work she did due to the fact that she ‘crossed’ against the COVID-19 vaccine.

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The columnist identified Orange County’s “crisis” in hospitals – longer wait times for ambulances and the construction of emergency departments – as a result of the actions of people like Ernby.

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Kelly Ernby: Orange County District Attorney’s Office

Hiltzik’s Twitter feed, where he promoted the column, has a long history of tweets and statements of a similar nature.

An article published in September 2020 suggested that Trump’s efforts to fast-track vaccine approval and distribution ahead of the November election could “kill us.”

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Fox News’ Yael Halon contributed to this report.

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