TLP Op-Ed: 5/19/18

Yanny or Laurel?

I promised myself that this week would be different.

I’ve gone back and looked at these Op-Eds of mine, and it seems that every time I’ve done this I have written about news coverage. Not the news, about the terrible way the news is reported. I didn’t want to do it again this week, and I made a promise to myself: Not this time!

I think I might have made myself a promise that I can’t keep; but I’m still going to try, let’s see how I do…

Have you heard the laurel or yanny thing?

Apparently, it went viral; I heard it played in a news broadcast the other day. On TV I heard “yanny” very clearly. This morning I played it on my computer and I heard “laurel” very clearly.

I suspect they are two different sound clips, but I’m a skeptic by nature…

On a radio news program, one of the hosts played a sound clip in which I heard no word at all, but the co-host heard “rainfall”. They played it again and this time I heard “rainfall” also, very clearly. Then the first guy said that he’d play it again and said “Think about green leaves” I heard “green leaves”.

Then I got it (finally).

We hear what we expect to hear, we see what we expect to see.

How many times have I written on this blog that we find whatever we are looking for in this life? Well, many, many times! This is something taught in Scripture and is why we are told to fix our minds on the things that are from above, and not on the things that are of this world.

With this in mind, did Donald Trump really say that immigrants are “animals”?

Almost every news outlet reported that he did say that, even though he didn’t.

Yanny or Laurel?

The President said that the brutal murderers of MS-13 are “animals”, which is arguably an insult to animals everywhere.

Laurel or yanny?

We find what we are looking for (and listening for).

But news is supposed to be objective and opinions are supposed to be on the Op-Ed page… like mine is.

Yanny or Laurel?

OK… Next week is going to about something other than terrible news coverage; I am now officially looking for a different angle, see you then.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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2 Responses to TLP Op-Ed: 5/19/18

  1. Gary Fultz says:

    If we get enough angles, do we come full circle? Sorry, couldn’t resist. Seriously though, a reflection is always from and angle “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known” 1 Corinthians 13:12 (ESV)
    And you do very well! Thanks

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