Report from Louisiana: On Newspapers

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – I have not read a single paragraph of anything uninterrupted in ten years. Perhaps I exaggerate, but not by much. I live with a “talker.”

I adore my spouse; we have a wonderful relationship. We are best friends. We travel, we go out with friends, we have a great deal in common. We have never had an argument.

But bless his heart, he is a talker.

Already, in the few seconds I’ve typed these few sentences, he has chirped up about tomorrow being Columbus Day and therefore no mail and offered commentary on the baseball game currently on television.

Sunday afternoons are quiet and lazy around here, usually. I like to get my stack of newspapers, lie about, and read them. Sunday afternoon I began with the New York Times (I know, I know…). I like the books section. I started there and tried to dive into a review of two new books about the Constitution and the American Revolution. No more than a paragraph into it, my focus had been interrupted so many times I finally gave up and turned the page.

I moved on to the Arts section and tried to read about three ballet dancers returning to the stage after the pandemic.  I had no better luck.

I tried several other articles before abandoning my paper altogether. I have the same issue when trying to read books. I work around it, I manage, because I know how blessed I am to have him and I love our life together. But geez, it’s hard to concentrate on anything.

Now perhaps he has actually done me a favor, right? I mean, The New York Times? Never in the history of ever has there been a more biased newspaper and so shameless about it. But I do enjoy a brief visit to the dark side now and then and sometimes it is terribly beneficial to read differing points of view.  I’m going to dive back into the Opinion section at some point; I really want to read Ezra Klein’s article about the peril of the Democrat agenda right now. It sounds promising. There is another article with the headline “Should You Care What Athletes Think?”  Nope. I don’t even have to read that one. Don’t care.

I truly miss the days of good, thick, news filled newspapers written by intrepid reporters scouting out sources and armed with little notebooks in their front pockets. The state of our media today is shameful and I wonder how, and when, we got to this point. I’ve been around a long time and read lots of papers, but I guess I just quit paying attention.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport and at Medium; she is the author of Cane River Bohemia: Cammie Henry and her Circle at Melrose Plantation. Follow her on Instagram @patbecker25 and Twitter @paustin110.

Is This a Bug or a Feature? Covid Edition

As a general rule if I see a story at Hotair authored by Allahpundit I tend to pass it by, but this caught my eye because it touches on something that I’ve been talking about for a while. After looking at the piece as usual it wasn’t worth my time but the basic point that President Trump made concerning the Trust of the Biden administration is worth touching on.

Both the Biden Administration and their sycophants in the media and big tech have been pushing the vaccine to the nth degree and doing their best to demonize and/or punish anyone in the nation who dare defy their demand to receive said vaccine.

That alone is reason enough to be suspicious but there are two facts here that should be pointed out.

  1. The reason we have these vaccines at all is because of the Actions of the Trump administation to speed up their development and suspend the norms usually followed for vaccines: (Remember Kamala Harris’ very public statement that she would not take a “Trump” Vaccine?)
  2. The fact that Donald Trump was president when the vaccine was released and that Joe Biden is president as the Vaccine is being pushed has no bearing on if the Vaccine safe or effective.

The vaccine doesn’t care who is president, whether or not it’s effective or has side effects, short or long term. The vaccines are what they are for good or ill, only the messaging is different.

I guarantee you that if Trump was in office there would be no shortages of media stories questioning the numbers and even the slightest side effect would be front page news.

That we have reached this point is an indictment of us as a society.