At the top of Friday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer touted an exclusive: “Caroline Kennedy speaks out in her first interview since stepping down as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan. This morning, her take on the Trump administration's very different approach to foreign policy and her own future. Is she planning a run for office?”
Kyle Drennen is the Media Research Center's Senior News Analyst and a Contributing Editor to NewsBusters. He is the co-author of the 2014 Media Reality Check study, TV News Blacks Out This Year’s Bad Election News for Democrats.
In 2009, he captured the infamous comment from then-Newsweek editor Evan Thomas comparing President Obama to God. Later that same year, he exposed for MSNBC deceptively editing video footage of a Tea Party rally to conceal the racial identity of an African American participant, forcing the liberal network to respond to criticism and explain its actions.
His media analysis has been cited by nationally syndicated radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin, as well as media outlets including Fox News, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.com, The Washington Times, Washington Examiner, Politico, National Review, among others.
Kyle joined the MRC in 2007 after graduating from Providence College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science. He lives in Northern Virginia and can be contacted via email at email@example.com.
On Thursday, NBC’s Today devoted nearly three minutes of air time to a report touting Hillary Clinton’s “return to the spotlight” and “re-emergence” on the public stage “With some big plans, including a new book and a series of speeches...”
Appearing on Thursday’s NBC Today, political analyst Mark Halperin worried that Republican President Donald Trump was behaving like...well, a Republican. Talking about the coming fight in the Senate to confirm Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Halperin lamented: “...right now Donald Trump is governing as a Republican president, not as an independent. And if he does a scorecard of his first few weeks in office and says, ‘Am I living up to my goal, my promise to unite the country?’ Right now he’s not.”
On her MSNBC show on Wednesday, anchor Andrea Mitchell continued her seeming obsession with criticizing the mother of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch – former Reagan Environmental Protection Agency administrator Anne Gorsuch Burford.
During coverage of President Trump’s nomination of federal judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Wednesday’s NBC Today, the hosts and correspondents seemed to justify Democrats planning to block confirmation. In a report at the top of the morning show, Peter Alexander proclaimed: “Democrats vowing to hold up the pick....promising to filibuster any pick who isn't Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee, who Republicans refused to give a vote or a hearing.”
In an interview with President Bush’s former White House chief of staff Andy Card on Wednesday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer fretted that Republicans would change Senate rules to confirm President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch: “It's gonna take 60 votes for confirmation....Do you think it is possible, if this goes very badly, that Mitch McConnell in the Senate will do away with that 60-vote threshold and go to a simple majority?”
Tuesday’s network morning shows cheered a statement from former President Obama blasting President Trump’s executive action on immigration and praising leftist protesters taking to the streets. Leading off NBC’s Today, fill-in co-host Hoda Kotb hailed: “In his first statement since leaving office, former President Obama is expressing support for the ongoing protests against Trump’s orders, saying they are exactly what he expects to see when American values are at stake.”
On Tuesday, all three network morning shows hyperventilated over President Trump lawfully firing acting Attorney General Sally Yates, an Obama political appointee, after she refused to do her job and enforce his executive order on immigration. Co-host Matt Lauer began NBC’s Today by proclaiming: “You're fired! President Trump gives the acting attorney general the boot for refusing to defend his controversial immigration order.”
Despite all of the media hand-wringing over fake news lately, on Monday, NBC’s Today engaged precisely in that kind of shoddy journalism as the morning show deceptively edited a soundbite from Rudy Giuliani about President Trump’s immigration order.
In a softball exchange with Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Monday’s NBC Today that sounded more like a DNC strategy session, co-host Matt Lauer demanded to know how liberal lawmakers were going to stop President Trump’s executive order on immigration: “...you said you thought it was crucial for Democrats to be the bulwark against some of the things that Donald Trump wants to do....what do you intend to do about it? What power do you have?”
In a report at the top of Monday’s NBC Today, Canadian reporter Genevieve Beauchemin of CTV News wasted no time trying to connect a mass shooting at a Quebec mosque to President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven Middle Eastern nations: “Investigators say the motive of the attack remains unknown. It comes just days after President Trump's controversial immigration ban sparked international outrage.”
In a softball interview with former Mexican president Vicente Fox on Friday’s NBC Today, the morning show hosts teed up the foreign leader to denounce President Trump’s immigration and border security policies while ignoring a series of inflammatory statements from Fox.
During a panel discussion on Firday’s NBC Today examining President Trump’s first week in office, co-host Matt Lauer fretted over the new administration’s willingness to call out the liberal media: “[Trump] ran on this...idea that the media is bad and dishonest. Now his chief strategist at the White House, Steve Bannon, has given an interview to The New York Times....Quote, “The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while.” Another quote, ‘The media here is the opposition party.’”
On her 12 p.m. ET hour MSNBC show on Thursday, anchor Andrea Mitchell didn’t bat an eye as her guest, Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings, hurled the wild unsubstantiated allegation that Republicans had denied “millions” of Americans the right to vote.
All three network morning shows on Thursday hailed left-wing protesters and Democratic mayors across the country denouncing President Trump’s executive orders on immigration and border security. Co-host Matt Lauer led off NBC’s Today by proclaiming: “Breaking overnight....Protests across the country after President Trump orders a Mexican border wall to be built immediately.” Clips played of demonstrators chanting: “Donald Trump has got to go!”
After being caught deceptively editing comments from former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer during a report on Monday’s Nightline, on Wednesday, ABC News was again embroiled in a fake news controversy after the network used a badly photoshopped image to promote World News Tonight anchor David Muir’s upcoming interview with President Trump.
On Wednesday, NBC’s Today examined President Trump’s short list of possible Supreme Court nominees by focusing almost entirely on how Democrats would oppose any of the “all white men” being considered. In contrast, CBS This Morning covered the same topic but actually highlighted conservative concerns surrounding the appointment.
On her 12 p.m. ET hour MSNBC show on Tuesday, anchor Andrea Mitchell teed up former Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman to denounce President Trump for reinstating the Mexico City policy banning U.S. foreign aide from funding abortions. In addition, Mitchell agreed with a stunning accusation hurled by the Obama administration official.
In an interview with former Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Tuesday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer grilled the former cabinet official on wether President Trump was planning to re-invade the Middle East to “steal Iraq’s oil” and commit an “international crime” in the process.
On Monday, all three network morning shows eagerly promoted the liberal group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filing a lawsuit against President Trump and accusing him of “violating the Constitution.” At the top of NBC’s Today, co-host Matt Lauer proclaimed: “Defendant-in-chief. The new president being formally sued this morning over his hotel and television interests...”