Obama recently vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline, a project strongly supported by republicans. So Fox News’s report on the situation is understandably critical of this action. The recap of the previous years in which this pipeline has been under fire were dismissed, and the reasons brought up as reasons for Obama’s decision are framed as more of a power play. The language and frame of statements like, “killing the pipeline allows Obama to claim aggressive action on the environment.. could help strengthen his hand as world leaders prepare to finalize a major global climate pact next month.” Years of debate and environmental reasons to reject the plan are overlooked in the article, which more focuses on factors the republicans advocated for, like job creation, that Obama shot down. Most commentary on the situation is from presidential hopeful republicans and their dismay at Obama’s policy. The one quote pulled from a democrat is from Bernie Sanders and the quote is that he calls the pipeline ‘insane’. The language makes him seem too far left, while the points made in quotes by republicans are more articulate and rounded out.
While not every point made is wrong or invalid in the article, the framing for this article is clearly and staunchly opposed to Obama, and favors the pros of the pipeline, and what will be lost with the veto. The harsh language, like ‘killing’ the pipeline is aggressive, and the language surrounding the President’s motivation strongly hints at a hidden agenda. The article seems to suggest that Obama is doing this just to appeal to, or to appease the ‘fringe’ environmentalists. There is little foundation for this argument, mainly because Obama has not changed his mind on this issue, so a sudden veto is not out of the blue, but could have been predicted since the very beginning. Not to mention the depiction of the environmentalists ‘chaining themselves to fences in protest’. It frames the liberals in a very negative light, and the President in a less than flattering one.
Read here: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/11/06/obama-rejects-keystone-xl-pipeline-bid/