Kyle Drennen

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Senior News Analyst


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 kdrennen@mrc.org.

Latest from Kyle Drennen

Appearing on Tuesday’s Today show, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd suggested that the best course of action for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh might just be to withdraw rather than defend himself against sexual assault allegations during a public Senate hearing scheduled for Monday. The NBC News Political Director feared that any hearing would be a “tinderbox” that could “erupt a culture war.”



While all three network morning shows on Monday reported on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh being accused of sexual assault as a teenager in the 1980s and conducted interviews with the accuser’s lawyer, only NBC pointed out that both the woman leveling the allegation and her attorney were Democratic Party activists.



During a live report from Wilmington, North Carolina on Friday morning about the impact of Hurricane Florence, MSNBC’s Kate Snow noted that some people refused to evacuate to local storm shelters, including illegal immigrants afraid of deportation. Moments later, anchor Ali Velshi sympathized with the non-fact-based concern, alluding to immigration policies under the Trump administration.



On Friday’s Morning Joe, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough slammed Democrats for attempting a last-minute smear of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, pointing to the nasty attack as the reason “why a lot of people just don’t get involved in public service.” He warned liberal lawmakers pushing the vague allegations that they were “only hurting their cause.”



Reacting to former President Jimmy Carter advising Democrats to appeal to independents and “middle of the road” voters in the midterm elections, pundits on Thursday’s Morning Joe tried to think of moderate Democrats who could run for president in 2020. Co-host Mika Brzezinski didn’t quite grasp the term “moderate” as she suggested left-wing California Senator Kamala Harris as an option, promoting laughter from the MSNBC panel.



On her 2:00 p.m. ET hour show on Wednesday, MSNBC anchor Katy Tur predictably exploited Hurricane Florence to push the left’s climate change agenda and condemn “deniers” in the Trump administration. She brought on liberal environmental activist Bill Nye and ex-Clinton administration official Paul Bledsoe to provide even more alarmist rhetoric.



Eager to politicize the upcoming natural disaster of Hurricane Florence, on Wednesday, MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle and her panel of guests hammered President Trump for defending the federal government response to Hurricane Maria in 2017 and debated whether the commander-in-chief was “evil” or just a self-centered “toddler.”



In a softball interview with former Secretary of State John Kerry about his new memoir, on Monday and Tuesday, MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell repeatedly teed up the Obama administration official to slam the Trump White House on various foreign policy issues as well as Bob Woodward’s tell-all book. She only managed one challenging question about Kerry’s tenure at the State Department.



During an exclusive interview with Donald Trump Jr. aired on Tuesday’s Good Morning America, ABC News correspondent Tara Palmeri was ready to convict the President’s eldest son of an unspecified crime. She touted him being “under the microscope” in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and asked Trump Jr.: “Are you scared that you could go to jail?”



During a panel discussion on ABC’s This Week about former President Obama wading into the 2018 midterm campaign, Chief White House Correspondent Jon Karl pointed out that the Democrat didn’t have a good track record when it came to campaigning for members of his party in midterm elections. The liberals on the Sunday show immediately lost it, rushing to defend Obama against the accurate observation.  



During an interview with author Bob Woodward on Monday’s Today show, co-host Savannah Guthrie confronted him with flat denials from Defense Secretary James Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly regarding quotes attributed to them in the Washington Post journalist’s new tell-all book slamming the Trump White House. Woodward not only stood by his anonymous sources, but accused the two former generals of lying.



In awe over former President Obama delivering partisan attacks against the Trump administration and Republicans in a Friday campaign speech ahead of the midterm elections, MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin gushed: “For the past hour or so, it has been a flashback to a different time in this country. President Barack Obama – classic Obama.”



During an interview with USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page on Friday’s CBS This Morning, fill-in co-host Bianna Golodryga expressed concern that the anonymous anti-Trump op/ed published in The New York Times would contribute to the public’s “erosion of trust” in the news media.



Appearing on MSNBC Live With Katy Tur Thursday afternoon, New York Times columnist Bret Stephens was predictably thrilled with his newspaper’s decision to publish an anonymous op/ed from a supposed “senior administration official” blasting President Trump. However, Stephens took it a step further as he used the article to compare Trump to a drug addicted parent.



While Thursday’s NBC Today show brought on analyst John Brennan to praise an anonymous anti-Trump New York Times op/ed as “courageous,” later that morning, 9:00 a.m. ET hour anchor Megyn Kelly disagreed. She blasted the article for trying to “subvert the President” and “dripping with sanctimony.”



On Thursday, NBC’s Today show invited on former CIA Director and anti-Trump activist John Brennan to react to an anonymous New York Times op/ed from a supposed administration official personally attacking the President. Predictably, the NBC News analyst praised the unknown author of the hit piece as a “courageous” individual trying to “prevent disasters.”



During a report on Wednesday’s Megyn Kelly Today, NBC News correspondent Jacob Soboroff revealed that midterm voters in Florida were much more interested in local issues that impact their daily lives than the latest tweet from President Trump, the Russia investigation, or other political intrigue in Washington D.C.



Swept up in the excitement of Democrats and left-wing protesters constantly disrupting the first day of Senate hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on Wednesday, all three network morning shows read from the same script as reporters declared: “Chaos on Capitol Hill.” The hostility was touted as a “coordinated strategy” engineered by “passionate” liberal lawmakers opposed to Kavanaugh.



During a softball interview with former Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday, to promote his new memoir, the hosts of CBS This Morning invited the Democrat to speculate on President Trump being removed from office, denounce Republicans, and talk about the possibility of a 2020 presidential run. Not one tough question was put to him about his tenure in the Obama administration.



Resuming the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Tuesday afternoon, Republican Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley blasted his Democratic colleagues and their liberal media allies for blatant hypocrisy when it came to criticism of the judicial branch of government, pointing to routine attacks on conservative Supreme Court justices.