“Tolerance” means license to hate people you don’t even know and who may swoop in trying to save your job.

At a Los Angeles Times in-house awards ceremony a week ago, columnist Steve Lopez addressed the elephant in the room.

Speaking to the entire staff, he said, “Raise your hand if you would quit if the paper was bought by Austin Beutner’s group.” No one raised their hands.

“Raise you hand if you would quit if the paper was bought by Rupert Murdoch.” A few people raised their hands.

Facing the elephant trunk-on, “Raise your hand if you would quit if the paper was bought by the Koch brothers.” About half the staff raised their hands.

That’s an indictment against the Los Angeles Times. It’s not as if the paper that is still hiding the Khalidi tapes can make any claim to ethics.