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

Despite an avalanche of coverage of the Trump administration’s immigration policy, both ABC and NBC found time to offer full reports on FBI Director Christopher Wray facing a tough grilling on Capitol Hill on Monday over the Justice Department’s “scathing inspector general’s report.” However, CBS was far too engrossed visiting illegal immigrant detention centers along the U.S. southern border to offer a single second to the story. 



After cable news channels CNN and MSNBC made 22 references to Nazi concentration camps and other human rights atrocities during coverage of illegal immigrant detention centers along the U.S. southern border over the past few days, on Tuesday, NBC decided to join in touting the extreme rhetoric. Specifically, the Nazi death camp comparison was repeated four times in three hours, across two of its morning shows.



During interviews on both NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today and CBS This Morning on Monday, Barack Obama’s former communications director Dan Pfeiffer was treated to numerous softball questions that allowed him to promote his new book, political podcast, and blast the Trump administration.



During MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports on Friday, Mitchell and her liberal guests all agreed that Playboy’s Brian Karem was completely “justified” in attempting to shout down and scold White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during Thursday’s chaotic press briefing. The panel of media pundits even lamented that there weren’t more reporters as unhinged as Karem in the White House press corps.



During an overwrought panel discussion on Friday’s MSNBC Live With Stephanie Ruhle, former Barack Obama campaign staffer Stephanie Cutter and political analyst Michael Steele took turns comparing illegal immigrant detention centers along the U.S. southern border to Nazi death camps.



On Thursday, while reporting on the latest developments in the Russia investigation, neither ABC’s Good Morning America nor CBS This Morning made any mention of a new poll showing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s favorability with the American people dropping to lowest level since the probe began over a year ago. NBC’s Today show did manage to note the survey, but only for a mere 17 seconds.



While appearing on MSNBC Live With Stephanie Ruhle on Tuesday, former Democratic New Jersey Senator Robert Torricelli complained that members of his own party were not denouncing President Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and even took the liberal media to task for seizing the role of the political opposition.



Appearing on Tuesday’s CBS This Morning, liberal comedian and Daily Show host Trevor Noah surprisingly gave Donald Trump credit for his peace summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and urged viewers to “not hate on” the President in the wake of the historic meeting.



On her 2:00 p.m. ET hour show on Monday, MSNBC anchor Katy Tur highlighted a controversial article in Sunday’s Boston Globe that compared enforcement of immigration law along the U.S. southern border to the Trail of Tears, a forced migration of Native Americans in the 1830s that caused many deaths.



On her 9:00 a.m. ET hour show on Monday, MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle derisively labeled President Trump’s upcoming peace summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as nothing more than “a brilliant PR stunt that doesn’t get us anywhere,” but fretted to her panel of liberal pundits that he could get political gain from the meeting, “does this end up being a strong talking point for President Trump?”



On Friday, ABC’s Good Morning America was the only network morning show to devote air time to former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s frivolous attempt to subpoena President Trump to testify in his lawsuit against the NFL. The broadcast treated the publicity stunt as serious news, with co-host Michael Strahan breathlessly proclaiming a “legal face-off shaping up” between the two men.



On Friday’s Today show, NBC correspondent Anne Thompson seized on a story being promoted by New York Democrats about an illegal immigrant being arrested and on the verge of deportation for having an outstanding federal warrant. Rather than acknowledge that immigration law was being properly enforced, the reporter denounced the “controversy,” “anguish,” and “nightmare” caused by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement action.



Eager to defend the virtue of porn star Stormy Daniels against Donald Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani questioning her character and credibility, on her Thursday 9:00 a.m. ET hour show, NBC anchor Megyn Kelly actually compared First Lady Melania Trump to the adult film actress. The host claimed that the president’s wife “sold her body for sexual exploitation” when she once posed nude for GQ magazine 18 years ago.



On her 9:00 a.m. ET hour show on Thursday, NBC anchor Megyn Kelly called out left-wing Full Frontal host Samantha Bee for only “sort of” apologizing for the vile attack she launched against First Daughter Ivanka Trump. While giving Bee credit for showing some degree of remorse on her TBS show Wednesday night, Kelly made it clear that simply claiming to be a “comedian” was not “an adequate excuse” for hurling such “deeply offensive” invective.



On Wednesday, correspondents on ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS This Morning breathed a collective sigh of relief as they reported that Democratic congressional candidates had not been shut out of key House races after Tuesday’s jungle primary in California, in which only the two top voter getters, regardless of party, advance to the general election in November.  



On Wednesday, NBC’s Today show hit back at Bill Clinton’s “false allegations” that the network took him out of context during an interview aired on Monday in which the former president ducked responsibility for the Monica Lewinsky scandal. NBC reporter Craig Melvin, who conducted the contentious exchange, fact checked the former president’s dishonest assertions.



A panel of guests on Monday's CNN Tonight With Don Lemon took turns trying to deflect from the public backlash against former President Bill Clinton after he refused to take responsibility for the Monica Lewinsky scandal during a contentious interview with NBC reporter Craig Melvin on the Today show that morning. Anchor Don Lemon and his pundits instead tried to turn the focus against President Trump.



On Tuesday, NBC’s Today show was the only network morning show to interview Colorado baker Jack Phillips, the Christian business owner at the center of Monday’s Supreme Court ruling in favor of his refusal to create a wedding cake for a gay couple, in violation of his religious convictions. While the broadcast deserves credit for giving Phillips and his attorney a platform to discuss the case, the hosts used the opportunity to interrogate their guests with slanted questions.



Appearing on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports on Monday, USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page was baffled by former President Bill Clinton not having a “ready answer” to questions about sexual harassment during a testy exchange with NBC reporter Craig Melvin. The irony of Page’s concern was that she didn’t even bother to press Clinton on the issue during a softball interview she conducted with him over the weekend.



During a very contentious interview with NBC’s Craig Melvin over the weekend and aired on Monday’s Today show, former President Bill Clinton lost it when the reporter actually pressed him on sexual harassment in light of the Me Too movement. The Democrat became testy and even accused Melvin of “omitting facts” about the Monica Lewinsky scandal.