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. Prior to that, he interned at the MRC in the summer of 2005. He lives in Northern Virginia and can be contacted via email at kdrennen@mrc.org.

Latest from Kyle Drennen

Appearing on ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday to discuss his new book, Catch and Kill, journalist Ronan Farrow described how NBC News executives ordered him to cease all reporting on allegations against Harvey Weinstein in 2017. That revelation came following another bombshell in the upcoming book that Weinstein may have used knowledge of disgraced Today show host Matt Lauer’s wrongdoings to blackmail NBC into killing the story.



On Friday, all three network morning shows seemed shocked that President Trump would spend time during a 2020 campaign rally Thursday night attacking Democrats over their impeachment push. Reporters were aghast that Trump would launch “vicious attacks on his Democratic rivals” and describe impeachment “in almost apocalyptic terms.”



Appearing on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports on Thursday, Washington Post deputy editorial page editor and columnist Ruth Marcus warned that President Trump’s criticism of the anonymous whistleblower who sparked the impeachment inquiry could inspire some of Trump’s “deranged” Twitter followers to “use violence” if the unknown government official’s identity was ever revealed.



Reporting live from the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on Thursday for ABC’s Good Morning America, correspondent Tom Llamas proudly touted how he repeatedly grilled the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, on whether President Trump was “corrupt.”



In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published early Wednesday morning, journalist Ronan Farrow discussed revelations in his new book, Catch and Kill, that Hollywood mogul and accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein tried to blackmail NBC News into silence about his alleged crimes by threatening to go public with similar accusations against former Today show anchor Matt Lauer.



In a new upcoming book by journalist Ronan Farrow, Catch and Kill, former NBC News employee Brooke Nevils reveals that disgraced Today show co-host Matt Lauer anally raped her in a hotel room during the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, while NBC was covering the games. On Wednesday, all three network morning shows, including Today, covered the shocking allegations.



On Tuesday, all three network morning shows breathlessly seized on House Democrats reportedly “considering extreme measures” to conceal the identity of the whistleblower who sparked the impeachment inquiry. Reporters on ABC, NBC, and CBS touted schemes by liberal lawmakers to disguise the appearance or voice of the anonymous government official in order for him or her to testify before Congress.



Appearing on NBC’s Today show on Monday, New York Times columnist James B. Stewart hawked his new book, Deep State, by hailing bureaucrats undermining the Trump administration as noble public servants “protecting the Constitution” and the American people from the President. He denounced any criticism of the “deep state” as “very dangerous.”



Taking a page from the playbook of Democratic House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, on Monday’s Today show, NBC News national security analyst and former Obama administration official Jeremy Bash fabricated quotes from President Trump in an attempt to bolster the case for impeachment.



During her 10:00 a.m. ET hour show on Friday, MSNBC anchor Hallie Jackson informed viewers that the Joe Biden’s presidential campaign was “furious” that the “media is even covering” any allegations of corruption against his son Hunter. Later in the day, fellow anchor Andrea Mitchell touted a reporter sympathizing with Biden about the “brutal” campaign.



Appearing on MSNBC Live With Stephanie Ruhle on Friday morning, NBC News senior media reporter Dylan Byers warned that President Trump’s reaction to the Democrats’ impeachment push was a “very strategic effort” and argued that only those getting their news from liberal media outlets would truly understand the “sins of the President.”



During her 9:00 a.m. ET hour show on Friday, MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle cherry-picked a hostile town hall question directed at Republican Iowa Senator Joni Ernst about the impeachment of President Trump. After hailing the questioner, Ruhle and her panel of anti-Trump guests proceeded to label the President a “sociopath” and demanded his GOP “enablers” turn against him.



After NBC Nightly News was the only evening newscast on Wednesday to even acknowledge that the CIA whistleblower consulted with a staffer for House Democrat Adam Schiff before filing a formal complaint with the Intelligence Community Inspector General, on Thursday, NBC’s Today show and CBS This Morning worked to downplay the bombshell revelation. Meanwhile, ABC’s Good Morning America maintained the network’s silence.



During a laughable report on Wednesday’s Today show about corruption concerns swirling around Joe Biden and his son Hunter, NBC News White House correspondent Hallie Jackson cited Biden spokespersons seven different times to supposedly fact check and unsurprisingly dismiss any accusations of wrongdoing.



In the midst of rightfully calling out President Trump for some of his overheated rhetoric reacting to the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, on Tuesday, MSNBC immediately undermined its criticism by engaging its own extreme rhetoric and suggesting that “heavily armed” Trump supporters would march on Washington “to protect their president.”



After the ABC and CBS evening newscasts on Monday hyped fears that President Trump was supposedly endangering the life of an anonymous government whistleblower by demanding to know the identity of the impeachment accuser, on Tuesday, Good Morning America wildly speculated that the President’s request could itself be an impeachable offense. 



While talking to former Hillary Clinton campaign senior adviser Adrienne Elrod about the “onslaught” of corruption allegations being leveled against Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, visibly frustrated MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin pleaded with her to give the Biden campaign a strategy to deal with “the whackos out there who believe this nonsense.”



Appearing on Monday’s Good Morning America, ABC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams adopted a remarkably flexible standard for what can justify removing a duly elected President of the United States from office, arguing that “anything” could be deemed an impeachable offense. That’s certainly much looser than the “high crimes and misdemeanors” standard laid out in the Constitution.  



On Monday, NBC’s Today show was the only network morning show to cover the State Department reopening an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. However, the entire report was designed to immediately discredit the probe and even touted Clinton telling CBS Sunday Morning’s Jane Pauley that Donald Trump was an “illegitimate president.”



Move over Robert Mueller, the liberal media have found a new love. With House Democrats announcing an impeachment inquiry against President Trump over his phone call with the president of Ukraine, the media promptly dropped the Special Counsel’s inconclusive Russia investigation in favor of the latest promise of Trump’s political downfall. Reporters even went so far as to admit Mueller’s two-year effort was a “confusing” and “convoluted” flop.