Republican supporters of the Keystone XL Pipeline bill got a little cheerleading from Fox & Friends last week. Telling the whole truth was optional.
Host Steve Doocy opened by describing the GOP bill as “a bipartisan bill to create jobs.” After mentioning President Obama plans to veto the bill, Doocy asked “Whyyyyyy?”
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) was there to help the GOP/Fox News PR effort.
MANCHIN: It’s just a shame. It’s just really truly a shame. I don’t know why. I can’t speak to that at all. …Look at the bill. Look at the jobs it creates. Look at the security it gives our nation. It makes us less dependent on foreign oil.”
…The environmental community, basically it’s more of an environmental hazard to transport that oil which is what’s being done right now by rail and by truck, and even all the environmental impact studies have shown that. It’s much more cleaner and better for the environment if we do it by pipe.”
Doocy suggested that Obama’s opposition is due to the self-interests of his donors. “Who’s getting rich off the fact that we’re shipping it by rail?” Doocy asked. “Warren Buffet, who owns those railways, but I’m sure that’s just a coincidence that he’s a big Obama supporter.”
In reality, the pipeline will only create 35 permanent jobs.
Doocy was so busy promoting Republican talking points, he must have forgotten to mention that. And speaking of coincidences, Doocy's presentation of the issue just happened to match Republican framing. From CNN.com:
One after another Republicans cited bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate for the measure, and attempted to isolate the president as the only person standing in the way of the pipeline.
Watch it below, from the February 10 Fox & Friends.