Kyle Drennen is a Media Research Center news analyst and serves as a contributing writer to NewsBusters. He joined the MRC in 2007 after graduating from Providence College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science.

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July 23, 2015, 11:19 AM EDT

Despite the revelation on Wednesday that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) made secret side deals with Iran over nuclear weapons inspections and refused to disclose the details to the U.S. Congress, NBC, ABC, and CBS all ignored the story. By contrast, FNC’s Special Report led with the news as anchor Bret Baier informed viewers “there is word tonight of a separate covert deal between the Islamic Republic and the U.N.’s nuclear team. Two of them, in fact, that are not going to be shared with members of Congress nor with you.”

July 22, 2015, 3:07 PM EDT

During a live press conference in the 12:00 p.m. ET hour on Wednesday about the Chattanooga shooting, CNN reporter Aaron Cooper asked FBI Special Agent in Charge Ed Reinhold: “There's been reports that there were some personal or privately owned weapons used in responding to the shooter....Did anybody hit anyone else? Was there any friendly fire incident?”

July 22, 2015, 12:06 PM EDT

On Wednesday, all three network morning shows proclaimed that Donald Trump was making it “nearly impossible” for any other 2016 Republican candidates to get any media attention. On NBC’s Today, co-host Matt Lauer declared: “Donald Trump remains the talk of the presidential race with some new antics on the campaign trail. And it's making it hard for any of the fifteen other Republicans to get any attention...”

July 21, 2015, 4:27 PM EDT

In a softball interview with Secretary of State John Kerry aired on her MSNBC show on Tuesday, host Andrea Mitchell was in awe of Kerry meeting with the Cuban foreign minister on Monday following the reopening of the Communist nation’s embassy in Washington: “The first time since 1958 a Cuban foreign minister was here in this building....Did you have a sense of history? Did he?”

July 21, 2015, 11:47 AM EDT

During a round-up of political news on Tuesday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer promoted the 2016 Democratic front-runner taking to social media to answer softball questions: “Hillary Clinton hosted her first Facebook chat as a presidential candidate on Monday. It was followed by thousands, with topics ranging from her plans to reform Wall Street to Libya to business attire for women. The former Secretary of State saying, ‘I never met a pantsuit I didn't love.’”

July 20, 2015, 3:18 PM EDT

In a puff piece for Monday’s NBC Today, correspondent Sheinelle Jones proclaimed: “During a news conference, President Obama revealed that cell phones are banned from the family dinner table. And his comments are striking a chord with parents across the country...”

July 20, 2015, 11:42 AM EDT

On Monday, hosts and reporters on the NBC, ABC, and CBS morning shows could hardly contain their excitement as they cheered an “historic new era” in relations between the United States and Cuba. On NBC’s Today, co-host Matt Lauer touted: “Overnight, for the first time in five decades, full diplomatic ties were officially restored. That paves the way for the reopening of embassies in Washington and Havana.”

July 17, 2015, 3:43 PM EDT

For Bloomberg’s With All Due Respect on Thursday, co-host Mark Halperin was granted exclusive access to Hillary Clinton’s national campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. At the top of the show he proclaimed: “This is history folks. We’re finally here at the top of the political world. Welcome to Hillary Clinton's campaign headquarters here in Brooklyn Heights. The first ever TV show done from the Clinton-land HQ.”

July 17, 2015, 10:24 AM EDT

On Friday’s NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie touted Donald Trump leading in recent polls as a problem for the 2016 Republican field: “He is having a bigger impact than a lot of people expected and that is leading to a growing war of words between the real estate mogul and his political rivals.”

July 16, 2015, 2:27 PM EDT

On Thursday, all three network morning shows skipped a new poll showing that Hillary Clinton’s favorablity rating had fallen to 39 percent. The newly-released Associated Press-GFK poll found: “Just 39 percent of all Americans have a favorable view of Clinton, compared to nearly half [49 percent] who say they have a negative opinion of her.”

July 16, 2015, 11:13 AM EDT

At the top of Thursday’s NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie hailed President Obama’s Wednesday press conference: “Unfiltered. President Obama launches a vigorous defense of his controversial deal with Iran.” Introducing a report on the topics minutes later, Guthrie proclaimed: “...a news conference some are calling unplugged. During a more than hour-long session with the reporters, the President was as emotional as we’ve seen him...”

July 15, 2015, 11:38 AM EDT

Citing Obama administration talking points word for word on Wednesday’s Today, co-hosts Willie Geist and Savannah Guthrie grilled Republican Senator and presidential candidate Lindsey Graham on GOP opposition to the Iran nuclear deal. Geist, filling in for Matt Lauer, began: “Secretary Kerry...said yesterday opponents of this deal have proposed no viable alternative....What makes you think that a President Lindsey Graham would have any more luck than President Obama with Iran?”

July 14, 2015, 2:50 PM EDT

During live breaking news coverage of President Obama announcing a nuclear arms agreement with Iran Tuesday morning, all three broadcast networks labeled the deal “historic” and cheered the development as a “major victory” for the commander in chief, who made the deal a “top diplomatic priority.”

July 13, 2015, 3:01 PM EDT

On Monday, all three network morning shows eagerly touted the Obama administration’s long-delayed effort to reach a deal with Iran over its nuclear program. On NBC’s Today, news anchor Natalie Morales announced: “Negotiators from six world powers are finally making some encouraging progress with Iran on a deal over its nuclear program.”

July 10, 2015, 4:10 PM EDT

Hours after the Confederate flag was removed from the grounds of the South Carolina state house Friday morning, MSNBC interrupted its regular 2 p.m. ET hour programming to bring viewers “breaking news” coverage of the pole that held that flag also being removed. Correspondent Craig Melvin narrated: “We do not know precisely how long the process itself is going to take, nor do we know what’s going to happen to the flag pole itself."

July 10, 2015, 12:16 PM EDT

During an exclusive interview with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Friday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer suggested the Republican could suffer violence for leading the effort to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol: “You have faced relentless criticism over the last four or five weeks, Governor....they've promised political retribution. Some have even promised personal retribution....are you concerned for your personal safety?”

July 9, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT

On Tuesday, CBS This Morning devoted a nearly five minute segment to touting Carnival offering cruises to Cuba starting in 2016. Co-host Norah O’Donnell proclaimed: “The historic reopening of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba creates new business opportunities for both countries. Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise company, is announcing it received permission from the U.S. government to begin travel to Cuba.”

July 9, 2015, 12:42 PM EDT

On Thursday’s NBC Today, news anchor Natalie Morales seized on criticism of former President George W. Bush giving a paid speech to a veterans charity: “This morning some veterans are criticizing former President George W. Bush for charging a veteran's charity a six-figure fee to speak at a fundraising dinner....NBC News has confirmed the former president accepted $100,000 from them back in 2012.”

July 8, 2015, 12:16 PM EDT

Appearing on Wednesday’s NBC Today, Meet the Press host Chuck Todd delighted in Hillary Clinton refusing to admit any wrongdoing in the State Department e-mail scandal: “She showed no remorse, no regret....Very defiant. Reminded me of the old days. She almost – it’s almost as if she's enjoying the House Republicans attacking her.”

July 8, 2015, 10:54 AM EDT

Touting Hillary Clinton’s first national television interview since launching her presidential campaign, Matt Lauer began Wednesday’s NBC Today by proclaiming: “Clinton gets candid. Hillary Clinton opens up in her first national interview of the presidential race. On the e-mail scandal...Suggestions that she's not trustworthy...And what she thinks of Donald Trump.”