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. His media analysis has been routinely cited by nationally syndicated radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin, as well as on Fox News and The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.com website. 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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October 23, 2015, 10:37 AM EDT

On Friday’s NBC Today, hosts and correspondents hoped Hillary Clinton had brushed aside her scandals after testimony before the House Benghazi Committee on Thursday. At the top of the show, co-host Savannah Guthrie proclaimed: “Marathon on the Hill....an 11-hour day on Benghazi....Has Hillary Clinton put the controversy behind her?”

October 22, 2015, 11:45 AM EDT

Hours ahead of Hillary Clinton’s testimony before the House Benghazi Committee on Thursday, on NBC’s Today, correspondent Andrea Mitchell acknowledged that “44% of Americans are not yet satisfied” with the former secretary of state’s answers on the scandal but also declared: “...today is, indeed, her best chance to change all of that. Assisted by the Republicans who, themselves in recent weeks, have hurt the committee’s credibility.”

October 21, 2015, 9:46 AM EDT

During an interview with Secretary of State John Kerry at a State Department climate forum on Tuesday, NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell urged the Secretary to slam the GOP: “Republican candidates are not only silent on the subject, they are climate deniers. And even candidates who led the way in 2008, the nominee [John McCain], is now silent on the subject because of Tea Party challenges to himself and to others.”

Kerry ranted: “...when I hear a United States senator say, ‘I'm not a scientist so I can't make a judgment,’ or a candidate for president, for that matter, I'm absolutely astounded. It's incomprehensible that a grown-up who has been to high school and college in the United States of America disqualifies themselves because they're not a scientist...”

October 20, 2015, 4:00 PM EDT

On Tuesday – just two days before Hillary Clinton’s testimony before the House Benghazi Committee – MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell teased an upcoming interview with liberal operative and longtime Clinton hatchet man James Carville, hailing him as a “political Jedi master.” Carville: “Trey Gowdy is a creation of the Koch brothers and the whole climate denial industry and this committee was nothing but a creation of Rupert Murdoch and the Koch Brothers. You know, Fox ran over 1,000 segments in 20 months after this thing.”

October 20, 2015, 12:28 PM EDT

Filling in for Jose Diaz-Balart during MSNBC’s 10 a.m. ET hour on Tuesday, NBC national correspondent Peter Alexander interrogated Republican Congresswoman Susan Brooks about the House Benghazi Committee: “So if Jeb Bush's campaign insists that his brother, George W. Bush, bears no responsibility for the 9/11 attacks – which of course were carried out by Al Qaeda, but he was president at the time – why then do Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama bear responsibility for what happened in Benghazi?”

October 20, 2015, 10:21 AM EDT

During a discussion with Bloomberg Politics editor Mark Halperin on Tuesday’s NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie touted how Hillary Clinton had “set the table” for her testimony before the Benghazi Committee on Thursday. Halperin proclaimed: “This appearance has been looming on her calendar and her staff’s calendar with dread, thinking this could be the worst day of the year for her. It could now be the best day.”

October 19, 2015, 4:26 PM EDT

During MSNBC’s 3 p.m. ET hour on Monday, anchor Kate Snow and Middle East correspondent Martin Fletcher apologized for using false maps depicting Israeli and Palestinian territory during a Thursday segment about escalating violence in the region. Snow began: “Last Thursday, in an attempt to talk about the context for the current turmoil in the Middle East we showed a series of maps of the changing geography in that region. We realized after we went off the air the maps were not factually accurate and we regret using them.”

October 19, 2015, 2:38 PM EDT

In a gushing profile on Monday, Politico’s Hadas Gold touted: “At least 18 national media outlets have female reporters on the Clinton beat....No one can remember a political press corps this heavily female.” She proclaimed: “The change seems to be a combination of more women doing political reporting in general, and many more being drawn to Clinton's potentially historic candidacy.”

October 16, 2015, 3:32 PM EDT

In a contentious interview with Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer on Friday, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell fretted over Israeli police killing knife-wielding Palestinian terrorists: “What about the possibility of excessive force?” Dermer responded: “Andrea, if someone was coming at you with a knife, would you want the police officer to take out a knife and to try to stop him or would you want that police officer to shoot that person before he would attack you?” Mitchell proclaimed: “Not shoot to kill.”

October 16, 2015, 11:49 AM EDT

Appearing on Friday’s NBC Today, Bloomberg Politics managing editor John Heilemann saw a rapidly closing window for Joe Biden to enter the presidential race: “...if he's making a calculation on the political landscape, it's more forbidding now than it was a month ago. You've got Hillary Clinton performing well at this debate, the Benghazi Committee now kind of delegitimized. She's teed up to have a great day next week, where it could have been a bad – a moment of peril.”

October 15, 2015, 3:32 PM EDT

On Thursday, while interviewing Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports about the wave of Palestinian terrorist attacks plaguing Jerusalem, fill-in host Peter Alexander cited Obama administration fears of Israeli police being too hard on the knife-wielding killers: “State Department spokesperson John Kirby said that the U.S. was, in his words, ‘concerned about reports that could indicate the potential use of excessive force.’ Is this excessive force?”

October 15, 2015, 10:51 AM EDT

In an interview on Wednesday’s NBC Today, disgraced ex-CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather told co-host Matt Lauer that he still would have reported the fraudulent story that ended his broadcast network career: “What I wouldn't do differently is back off the story. The story was true. Because it was true, undeniable facts about how President Bush got into the air National Guard to avoid service in Vietnam, and the fact that after getting in he disappeared, those were facts and that was true.”

October 14, 2015, 3:56 PM EDT

Following Tuesday night’s Democratic debate, all three of Wednesday’s network morning shows seized on Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders demanding the media stop asking about Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal. During fawning coverage on NBC’s Today, correspondent Peter Alexander proclaimed: “When it came to Hillary Clinton's e-mail scandal, it was her chief rival Bernie Sanders who sent a message loud and clear.”

October 14, 2015, 11:56 AM EDT

On Wednesday, NBC’s Today celebrated Tuesday night’s Democratic debate by heaping effusive praise on front-runner Hillary Clinton. Correspondent Peter Alexander began his report by cheering: “Hillary Clinton's debate experience, her debate preparation paid off last night. Her advisers this morning are ecstatic. They insist she was on, that she looked poised and passionate...”

October 13, 2015, 11:57 AM EDT

Ahead of Tuesday’s first Democratic presidential debate, NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America happily parroted campaign talking points declaring Hillary Clinton to be a great debater.

October 12, 2015, 11:51 AM EDT

In a softball interview on Monday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer teed up liberal actor Robert Redford to push propaganda about his latest role as disgraced CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather: Redford dismissed the scandal: “The whole thing unraveled over what was a small technicality at that time that was blown into major thing. And the bigger story was of course the story that Dan and Mary Mapes were working on about the Air National Guard. And suddenly that got pushed away in favor of this small glitch that became the scandal.”

October 12, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

On Monday, NBC’s Today seized on fired Benghazi Committee staffer Bradley Podliska slamming the investigation as a “partisan” attack on Hillary Clinton as correspondent Andrea Mitchell proclaimed: “...those sensational new charges come against the Republican-led Benghazi committee...from a Republican staff member...”

October 9, 2015, 1:12 PM EDT

On Friday, all three broadcast networks read from the same liberal script as hosts and correspondents predicted doom for the Republican Party following Kevin McCarthy’s withdrawal from the race for Speaker of the House. Leading off NBC’s Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie breathlessly proclaimed: “Congress in chaos. House Republicans racing to find a new speaker this morning. Bitterly divided Republicans now scrambling for a replacement.”

October 8, 2015, 11:12 AM EDT

On Thursday, NBC’s Today joined CNN in promoting the latest issue of People magazine, which demanded congressional action on gun violence. At the top of the morning show, co-host Savannah Guthrie heralded: “People gets political. The glossy magazine known more for its celebrity scoops and red-carpet fashions wades into one of the most controversial issues in America. Is the magazine taking sides?”

October 7, 2015, 3:15 PM EDT

On Monday’s NBC Today, correspondent Peter Alexander heralded efforts to get Joe Biden to enter the 2016 presidential race: “This morning the campaign calling for a Biden campaign is now up and running. Today NBC News is getting an exclusive first look at the first pro-Biden ad to hit the air, produced in hopes of drafting the Vice President into the 2016 race.”