Many of you probably know that Rush Limbaughs fans are referred to as “ditto-heads”.
Wikipedia, that, ahem, resource explains such: “The listeners to the show are affectionately referred to as “Ditto-heads.” Early in the show’s run, listeners began to use the variations on the expression “ditto” to speed up the beginnings of the calls, which typically (as on most popular call-in shows) tend to open with the listener excitedly expressing his or her gratitude to the host and his or her appreciation of the show.”
Now years ago, I had a friend who worked on Limbaughs show for quite a few years- and they told a different story. That allegedly Limbaugh had himself said, to paraphrase: “They’re ditto heads because they blindly repeat anything I tell them”
So what? But I have noticed a disturbing trend. Just about any news topic that is in the conservatives talking points of the day- just try and google the issue. You are presented with page, after page, after page of the exact same story- from blogs, “news sites” and the like. No commentary. No analysis. No effort to question whether the information is true or honest.
It is truly disturbing to me we are becoming a nation of dittoheads. Passing off what we are told without questioning it. And all too often, presenting opinions as facts. Or taking “facts” as the whole truth when they are in fact carefully selected to make a point someone wants to.
And we, as a nation, are far worse off for this…