When AIDS was funny

We all have those times in our lives when we recall a moment in our past and shake our head over our stupidity. If we’re lucky, we don’t have many of them. But we all have them.

Collectively, the nation’s AIDS epidemic is one of them. It wasn’t that long ago when our ignorance, fear, and lack of compassion conspired to condemn thousands of people.

On World Aids Day yesterday, Vanity Fair released this mini-documentary.

It’s a head shaker.

The reporter who was trying to get a serious answer to a growing problem was Lester Kinsolving, a long-time White House press corps gadfly.