On Wednesday, security for NBC’s Today expelled a conservative protester on the plaza outside the morning show’s New York City studio for holding up a “Don’t Believe the Liberal Media” sign. However, back in 2011, a left-wing protester had no trouble getting camera time while holding up a sign accusing former Vice President Dick Cheney of “torture” and calling for him to be investigated.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
After all three network evening newscasts blasted recently passed religious freedom laws in Mississippi and North Carolina Tuesday night, NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning continued hyping “backlash” against the “controversial” measures.
During a panel discussion on Wednesday’s NBC Today, political analyst Nicolle Wallace recalled South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham recently telling her “it is more important to maintain the principles and the dignity and honor of the conservative movement with someone like Ted Cruz, who he acknowledged may lose in November, than to roll the dice with someone like Donald Trump...”
Moments after President Obama used an impromptu White House press conference to attack leading Republican candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell eagerly accepted her marching orders: “And he took a shot not only at Donald Trump, but also at Ted Cruz. He’s – that's part of the messaging. They want to make sure that we're not just laying the groundwork for a general election campaign against Donald Trump, but also against Ted Cruz.”
On Tuesday, NBC’s Today promoted the new HBO movie Confirmation, about the 1991 Clarence Thomas Supreme Court hearings and the smear campaign waged against him based on false sexual harassment claims from Anita Hill. Actor Greg Kinnear insisted that Senator Joe Biden was nothing but fair throughout the hearings: “...if you watch just the hearings, you certainly get a sense of the – of his trying to walk the line. Of his trying to be impartial and to try to get this thing through.”
On Monday’s CBS This Morning, co-host Charlie Rose fretted over a “contentious new agreement” to start deporting Middle Eastern refugees from Europe back to Turkey, despite the protests of “human rights groups.”
While NBC ignored the news that top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin would soon be taking questions from the FBI about the Democratic frontrunner’s e-mail scandal, Monday’s NBC Today instead chose to gush over the longtime Clinton confidante answering softballs on a liberal podcast.
After CBS Evening News refused to cover Hillary Clinton yelling at a Bernie Sanders supporter during a campaign event on Thursday, Friday’s CBS This Morning demanded the Vermont Senator answer charges that he was “lying” about Clinton getting donations from the fossil fuel industry.
On Thursday, all three network morning shows gleefully seized on Donald Trump’s abortion comments during a Wednesday MSNBC town hall to boost Hillary Clinton, declaring the remarks to be the “perfect” “gift” for the Democratic frontrunner.
Appearing on a special extended edition of NBC’s Today on Tuesday, Daily Beast world news editor Christopher Dickey fretted that “rampant Islamophobia” in Europe would intensify following the terrorist attacks in Belgium.
During NBC’s breaking news coverage of the terrorist attacks in Belgium Tuesday morning, correspondents Andrea Mitchell and Richard Engel wasted no time warning of the “rise of the right wing” throughout Europe in response to such attacks.
In a question to Cuban dictator Raul Castro during a joint press conference with President Obama on Monday, NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell gently pressed the Communist leader on human rights abuses: “President Castro, for many of us, it's remarkable to hear you speak about all of these subjects. Could you tell us what you see in the future?... What is the future of our two countries given the different definitions and the different interpretations of profound issues like democracy and human rights?”
During a report promoting U.S. companies expanding business in Cuba, correspondent Margaret Brennan also lamented a downside: “Cuba remains one of the few countries in the world left virtually untapped by American corporations due to the long running trade embargo....But visitors like Manuel Leone fear that an influx of big businesses will endanger Cuba's unique charm.”
On Monday, while ABC’s Good Morning America aired a softball interview with President Obama from Cuba, NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning both celebrated the First Family “acting like tourists” during their “historic” trip to the Communist dictatorship.
In the 48 hours following President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, CBS correspondent Jan Crawford had a tough time deciding whether he was a “moderate” pick to appease Republicans or a “solid liberal vote” to satisfy left-wing activists. In the end, she concluded he was both.
Friday’s CBS This Morning relied on slanted liberal analysis from the supposedly “nonpartisan” Tax Policy Center to bash the tax plans of Republican candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz while defending Hillary Clinton’s proposal as simply maintaining the “status quo.”
On Thursday’s CBS This Morning, co-hosts Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell interrogated Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake on his opposition to President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee and predicted political damage for the GOP: “Are you disappointed in the optics of this?...Some of your other colleagues are saying, ‘Look, we’re not even going to meet with you.’ We hear about the Judge’s credentials, his reputation, his record. Are you concerned that the optics of this look very bad for your party?”
In an interview with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough on Thursday, Today co-host Savannah Guthrie surprisingly held President Obama accountable for opposing Republican Supreme Court nominees in the past while calling on the GOP to approve his now.
On Thursday, the broadcast networks wasted no time advancing President Obama’s political strategy to force Republicans to confirm his Supreme Court nominee. The NBC, ABC, and CBS morning newscasts were eager to tout “pressure” being brought to bear on GOP senators to make them “pay a price” for opposing Merrick Garland for the high court.
Anchoring an NBC News special report on Wednesday about President Obama nominating federal judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, Today co-host Matt Lauer asked justice correspondent Pete Williams: “Senate Republicans have vowed to block any nomination that comes from the President....what message is the President sending with this pick?”