Kyle Drennen is the Senior News Analyst for MRC
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.
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While marking the death of longtime New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter on Friday, MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell shared her favorite memory of the Democratic lawmaker – when Slaughter and several other liberal House members attempted to derail the 1991 confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
In an interview with Maryland Senator and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chair Chris Van Hollen during the 9:00 a.m. ET hour of Friday’s CNN Newsroom, anchor John Berman actually pressed the liberal lawmaker on whether Pennsylvania congressional candidate Conor Lamb’s decision to run against Nancy Pelosi and not attack President Trump would be a model for other Democrats in the 2018 midterm election.
During MSNBC’s 11:00 a.m. ET hour, co-anchor Stephanie Ruhle made a point of mocking President Trump’s newly-named economic advisor and longtime CNBC analyst Larry Kudlow for expressing trust in “God’s will” as he began his new White House role.
On Thursday, NBC’s Today show predicted a “tough fight” and “brutal Senate confirmation battle” over President Trump’s nominee to head the CIA, current Deputy Director Gina Haspel. Citing Haspel’s involvement in the enhanced interrogation of terrorist detainees during the Bush administration, “which many call torture,” correspondent Kristen Welker touted critics of the pick.
All three of Wednesday’s network morning shows celebrated Democrat Conor Lamb’s apparent narrow victory over Republican Rick Saccone in Pennsylvania’s congressional special election, cheering the “incredibly exciting” race as a “blow” to Republicans and President Trump. However, buried in NBC’s Today show coverage was a four-second acknowledgment that Lamb actually ran against House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, not Donald Trump.
Reacting to President Trump’s decision to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, on Monday afternoon, MSNBC anchors Chris Matthews and Katy Tur went into full meltdown mode over the cabinet reshuffling. Both hosts feared that Pompeo’s “hawkish position on Iran” would provoke a “stupid war” with the authoritarian regime.
After initially ignoring the finding Monday evening, on Tuesday morning, NBC’s Today show touted Democrats trashing Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee for the “controversial conclusion” that there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential race.
On her 4:00 p.m. ET MSNBC show Monday, Deadline: White House anchor Nicolle Wallace was eager to dismantle the “mythology at the White House” that President Trump possessed any “humanity” whatsoever. That nasty rhetoric then prompted panelist Donny Deutsch to play armchair psychiatrist and trot out his favorite attack line that Trump was a “sociopath.”
While the liberal media initially cheered President Trump for sounding like a Democrat in his advocacy for new gun control measures, when he started to turn away from such ideas, the press predictably turned on him. During an exclusive interview with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Monday morning, NBC Today show co-host Savannah Guthrie was aghast that a new White House proposal on school safety did not include Second Amendment restrictions and feared the NRA “got to” the President.
On Thursday, many members of the liberal media gathered in Washington D.C. for an awards banquet to honor themselves for being bold truth tellers during the “dangerous” times of the Trump administration. The dinner took on the tone of a group therapy session as journalists assured each other that they weren’t fake news.
Despite previously warning that President Trump’s tough stance on North Korea could lead to war, on Friday’s Today show, NBC National Security Analyst and former Obama administration official Jeremy Bash refused to credit Trump for agreeing to peace negotiations with Kim Jong-un. Instead, Bash claimed that the President had allowed himself to “boxed in” by the dictator, and had given up a “huge concession.”
Filling in for Stephanie Ruhle during Thursday’s 9:00 a.m. ET hour, MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing related how people from other countries “don’t understand what they call America’s obsession with guns” and joined her guests in claiming that the push for gun restrictions was “not a progressive/conservative issue.”
After Wednesday’s NBC Nightly News, anchor Lester Holt and the entire staff marked the broadcast’s 70th anniversary and were even joined by former anchor Tom Brokaw. As TVNewser described it: “Producers, editors, and anchors, past and present, gathered in the NBC newsroom following Wednesday’s show to toast 70 years of NBC’s evening newscast, which began as the NBC Television Newsreel, a 10-minute program, on Feb. 16, 1948.”
As the popularity of the Republican tax reform legislation has surged, on Wednesday, NBC’s Today show found a new line of attack against the policy – it’s “cruel for families” who have children with rare diseases. That harsh conclusion was drawn based on the assumption that the reduction of a tax credit for pharmaceutical companies in the bill would automatically cause a shortage in medication and decline in research for such illnesses.
Marking Tuesday’s midterm election primaries in Texas, ABC’s Good Morning America decided to take a story that was already 73% pro-Democrat and make it 100% pro-Democrat by editing out the one Republican interviewed for the report. The segment in question, from Congressional Correspondent Mary Bruce, was recycled from Sunday’s This Week and hyped how “Democrats are hoping to turn this deep red state blue, fueled by a wave of female candidates.”
Appearing on ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday to promote her new children’s book, Chelsea Clinton was treated to predictable fawning coverage. However, what made the softball segment particularly galling was the tone-deaf manner in which co-host Robin Roberts teed up the former first daughter to voice support for the #MeToo movement while not bothering to mention Bill Clinton’s treatment of women.
In a softball interview with Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez on Monday afternoon, MSNBC anchor Kasie Hunt asked if the Democratic Party should make the impeachment of President Trump part of its platform. She also invited the liberal leader to wildly speculate on whether Trump was guilty of colluding with Russia during the 2016 campaign.
Following Sunday night’s Academy Awards being filled with nasty left-wing political rhetoric, on NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today on Monday, anchor Megyn Kelly and her panel of guests absurdly praised the Oscars for being “pretty much free of partisan attacks.” Apparently they forgot how host Jimmy Kimmel set the tone of the night by declaring: “We make films to upset Mike Pence.”
Only a couple days after hailing the President for siding with Democrats on gun restrictions, on Friday morning, the broadcast networks feared that Trump may be taking an “about face” on the issue after a “secret” “late-night meeting” with officials from the National Rifle Association. The disappointment of the liberal media was palpable as anchors and correspondents bemoaned the development.
In an attempt to excuse Oakland, California Mayor Libby Schaaf’s outrageous decision to help criminal aliens evade federal authorities, CBS and NBC portrayed the Democrat’s unlawful action as the result of a “feud” with the Trump administration over immigration policy. At least those two networks covered the story, unlike ABC, which has failed to discover the controversy.