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 Wednesday’s NBC Today show to promote the Tribecca Film Festival, actor Robert De Niro also happily discussed his cameo on Saturday Night Live portraying Special Counsel Robert Mueller, even hoping for future skits where he could arrest Donald Trump and throw him jail.



NBC anchor Savannah Guthrie was ready to convict Donald Trump of criminal wrongdoing on Wednesday’s Today show, as she interviewed former FBI Director James Comey. However, she worried that the fired law enforcement official’s tell-all book might “mess up” Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s supposedly inevitable “prosecution” of the President.



Appearing on Wednesday’s Today show to reflect on the life of Barbara Bush, NBC Senior Correspondent Tom Brokaw bizarrely noted how much she supposedly “really didn’t like” current Energy Secretary and former Texas Governor Rick Perry, while recalling a private conversation with the former First Lady years earlier.



During an otherwise glowing profile on Tuesday’s NBC Today show of New Zealand’s newly-elected Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, correspondent Cynthia McFadden pressed the pregnant 37-year-old socialist leader on whether she was the “Donald Trump of New Zealand” on the issue of immigration. Ardern angrily denied the charge.



After conducting an exclusive taped interview with former FBI Director James Comey for an ABC News prime-time special Sunday night, on Tuesday, anchor George Stephanopoulos sat down for yet another exchange with Comey live on Good Morning America. However, this time, Stephanopoulos actually pressed the fired law enforcement official on the “petty personal details” about President Trump that he included in his new book. 



Reacting to ABC’s exclusive interview with former FBI Director James Comey, on her Monday morning show, NBC anchor Megyn Kelly blasted the ex-federal law enforcement official for his personal attacks against President Trump and his revelation that he looked at the polls in the final days of the 2016 election to determine whether or not to announce the reopening of the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation.



After James Comey’s wife, Patrice, revealed during Sunday night’s ABC News special that she was a ardent supporter of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, on Monday’s Good Morning America, anchor George Stephanopoulos devoted an entire segment to fawning over the ex-FBI Director’s spouse.



Recapping his Sunday night interview with former FBI Director James Comey on Monday’s Good Morning America, ABC anchor and former Clinton White House political operative George Stephanopoulos complained that the ex-Bureau chief’s decision to re-open the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation in October of 2016 cost the Democrat the election.



Appearing on Monday’s Good Morning America following ABC’s exclusive Sunday night interview with former FBI Director James Comey, White House advisor Kellyanne Conway took anchor George Stephanopoulos to task for allowing Comey a “free political commercial” to encourage Americans to vote President Trump out of office.



One week after the release of the movie Chappaquiddick, a film shining a light on Ted Kennedy causing a woman’s death, NBC’s Today show decided it was time to change the subject with a glowing profile of the late Democratic senator’s sibling, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Offering the usual gushing over the Kennedy clan being “America’s royal family,” the morning show allowed special correspondent Maria Shriver to report on her own mother.



NBC’s Today show on Friday provided giddy coverage of leaks from former FBI Director James Comey’s salacious new memoir, touting his nasty personal attacks against President Trump as “bombshell” revelations. While CBS This Morning and ABC’s Good Morning America found to time discuss criticism of Comey’s “pettiness” and the “unseemly tell-all quality” of the book, the NBC morning show avoided such unflattering critiques of the ex-Bureau chief.



Following hours of CIA Director Mike Pompeo testifying during his Senate confirmation hearing to become the next Secretary of State, MSNBC anchor Katy Tur decided to single out a particularly absurd exchange where Democratic Senator Cory Booker grilled the nominee on his views about gay marriage. Predictably, Tur tried to argue that the bizarre and irrelevant line of questioning was actually essential in determining Pompeo’s foreign policy credentials. 



In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published on Thursday, CBS This Morning co-host Norah O’Donnell confessed that if she had known about Charlie Rose’s sexual harassment of women she probably would not have confronted him directly because he would have “screamed” at her.



Appearing on MSNBC Live With Stephanie Ruhle Thursday morning, faux conservative New York Times Columnist Bret Stephens ranted that House Speaker Paul Ryan’s refusal to resign in protest after Donald Trump’s election in 2016 “is going to be a stain on his political reputation forever.”



While appearing on CBS’s Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Tuesday to bemoan the “insane” and “depressing” state of the country under President Trump, journalist Katie Couric simultaneously went on all three broadcast networks to promote her new National Geographic documentary series and plead for “civil discourse.”



In a salacious promo for the network’s exclusive Sunday night interview with former FBI Director James Comey, during Wednesday’s Good Morning America, ABC featured clips of anchor George Stephanopoulos touting Comey’s comparison of President Trump to a “mob boss” and asking the fired Bureau chief if the President should be impeached.



During an exclusive interview with NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, aired on the Monday evening newscast, President Obama’s former Attorney General Loretta Lynch recalled how reporters constantly asked her when she was going to “wrap up” the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation in the midst of the 2016 presidential campaign.



After being treated to a softball interview on CNN Monday afternoon, Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson invited anchor Wolf Blitzer to moderate a debate between him and his newly-announced Republican opponent, Governor Rick Scott. During the friendly exchange, Blitzer even urged Nelson to elaborate on an attack line against his GOP rival. 



Starting off a new series on Monday called Top of the World, ahead of Earth Day, NBC’s Today show sent correspondent Jacob Soboroff to the North Pole “to understand why we have all been experiencing such extreme weather, from droughts to fires, floods and hurricanes, even more.” The reporter hyped how he joined a team of NASA scientists “working around the clock to compile data that could be critical to our future on Earth.”



On Monday, NBC’s Today show had the audacity to bring on former Obama administration official Jeremy Bash to scold President Trump for not taking more action against the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. No mention was made of Bash’s former boss, President Obama, refusing to take action in the conflict even after Assad crossed the “red line” of using chemical weapons against his own people.