Incurious - Lacking intellectual inquisitiveness or natural curiosity; uninterested.
One reason I am so emotionally invested in the birther issue despite the fact that I don’t think Obama was born in Kenya, is because the failure of our press to do their basic job infuriates me. I have called our press ”deliberately incurios,” and I think that label fits perfectly. It’s not that our journalists are incurious by the definition above. If they were they wouldn’t be journalists. It is that they have willed themselves to be incurious in this case.
This blog post by Jack Cashill illustrates perfectly this dynamic. George Stephanopoulos interviewed Obama on the Thursday (14 April 11) edition of Good Morning America. Stephanopolous brought up Trump and his pursuit of birtherism. This was Stephanopolous’ hard hitting question:
“I mean all of us have been struck by Donald Trump rising to the top of the Republican field by feeding fantasies about your background. What do you make of that?”
I think the idea that Obama was born in Kenya is highly implausible at best, but the use of the word “fatasies” by Stephanopolous is inexcusable and clearly reveals his bias, especially since the “fantasies” being referred to are about Obama’s “background” (which is much in question) in general and not his alleged Kenyan birth specifically.
Obama told Steph he was born in Hawaii and doesn’t “have horns.” (Yuck, yuck. What a funny guy. That was a real side splitter.) Would it have killed Steph to just ask the simple follow-up “Mr. President, why don’t you just release the long form to put this issue to rest?” There is a name for an obvious and simple follow-up question of that sort. It’s called journalism. Obama shouldn’t be able to put his face in public without 100 mainstream journalist yelling “Mr. President, why don’t you just release the long form?”
I know I’m pretty much just making the same point Cashill makes in his post, but I had had this conversation with someone before I saw the Cashill post. I guess great minds think alike.