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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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On Friday, MSNBC anchor Ayman Mohyeldin expressed relief that Democratic Massachusetts Congressman and failed 2020 presidential candidate Seth Moulton had withdrawn his support for a supposedly “xenophobic” House resolution condemning China’s authoritarian regime for its mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Appearing on Friday’s CBS This Morning, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams lectured the media on hyping “worst-case scenario” projections about the coronavirus pandemic that have so far proven to be “way off.” His comments came after co-host Gayle King took jabs at President Trump for making a similar point in a recent interview, despite having “no medical training.”
During a softball interview with Democratic California Senator Kamala Harris on Thursday, MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle urged the left-wing lawmaker to slam President Trump over his decision not to utilize the Defense Production Act as long as numerous companies are already volunteering to produce essential medical equipment needed to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The host even laughed as her guest accused the President of “abject failure.”
During a rare, exclusive interview with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Thursday, NBC’s Today show co-host Savannah Guthrie couldn’t help taking a jab at President Trump, wondering if Powell had to “just ignore” Trump’s frequent criticism of the U.S. central bank’s monetary policy.
During her 12:00 p.m. ET hour show on Wednesday, MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell revealed her greatest fear amid the coronavirus pandemic – Donald Trump’s approval ratings going up. She fretted over likely Democratic nominee Joe Biden “having difficulty” getting his message out during the crisis and support for the President “skyrocketing.”
Appearing on Washington D.C.-area radio station WMAL’s Morning on the Mall on Tuesday, White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci condemned the media for trying to “pit” him against President Trump in the midst of the pandemic.
During a live interview with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday, MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell lobbed one softball after another, refusing to press the Democratic leader on playing politics with coronavirus relief legislation. Instead, Mitchell repeatedly encouraged Pelosi to dictate terms of the aid package and attack President Trump.
On Tuesday, both NBC’s Today show and MSNBC actually attempted to blame President Trump for a couple in Arizona ingesting fish medication as a way to protect themselves against the coronavirus. Tragically, the husband died and his wife is in critical condition. While still in the hospital, she was contacted by an NBC reporter, whose top priority was finding a way to hold Trump responsible.
On Monday, NBC’s Today show was surprisingly direct in blaming Democrats for the failure of a massive coronavirus relief package in Congress. The network morning show repeatedly made it clear that the “aid package was blocked by Senate Democrats” and even wondered if “this the time to have these kinds of arguments,” while Americans are “desperate” for help.
During Friday’s coronavirus press conference at the White House, NBC correspondent Peter Alexander decided that it was more important to get into an argument with President Trump than actually keep the American people informed about the global pandemic. The reporter began his nasty line of questioning by accusing the President of spreading “false hope” – until Trump shut him down.
After weeks of the broadcast network using the coronavirus pandemic as a cudgel to attack the Trump administration, on Friday, ABC’s Good Morning America could only bother to spend 10 seconds on their own poll finding that 55% of Americans approve of the President’s handling of the crisis.
After President Trump took time during Thursday’s coronavirus press conference to criticize the blatantly biased media coverage of his administration’s response to the global pandemic, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd anchored an NBC News special report and decried how “the President’s own personal grievances seemed to dominate” the briefing.
On Thursday, the NBC and CBS morning shows kept pushing the narrative that President Trump’s use of the phrase “Chinese virus” was “racist” and endangering people. NBC even attempted to claim that China “helped” the rest of the world by “delaying” the spread of coronavirus.
During Wednesday’s coronavirus press conference at the White House, ABC’s Cecilia Vega and PBS’s Yamiche Alcindor worked together to claim that President Trump’s use of the term “Chinese virus” was “racist” and “puts Asian Americans at risk.” Alcindor even touted rumors of an unknown administration official using an offensive term to describe the disease.
Appearing on Wednesday’s 3rd Hour Today show, Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was treated to a softball interview from co-host Savannah Guthrie, even as he pushed for massive New Deal-era spending and slammed continued construction of the southern border wall during the coronavirus pandemic.
On Tuesday, far-left weekend MSNBC anchor Joy Reid took to Twitter to conduct an informal poll on whether Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had “credibility.” This is the same Joy Reid who falsely claimed in 2018 that offensive past posts on her now-defunct blog were caused by hacking.
On Tuesday, ABC’s White House correspondent Jon Karl attempted to scold President Trump for having “lashed out” at Democrats who were politicizing coronavirus. Trump shut down the line of questioning by pointing out he has to “respond” since liberal politicians “have the media on their side.”
During Tuesday’s White House press briefing from the Coronavirus Task Force, a reporter fretted that President Trump using the phrase “Chinese virus” in a tweet was creating a “stigma” about the disease. In response, the President reminded the media that China chose to spread lies and conspiracy theories in an effort to cover-up the extent of the virus in the early days.
On her 2:00 p.m. ET hour show on Monday, MSNBC anchor Katy Tur denounced President Trump for shaking hands and touching the microphone during a coronavirus press conference on Friday. The scolding came despite the fact that National Institutes of Health director Dr. Anthony Fauci rejected the notion that those minor interactions endangered anyone’s health.
On Friday, MSNBC was eager to exploit the coronavirus to bash cable competitor Fox News, accusing the rival network of spreading “misinformation” about the disease and even endangering the lives of its viewers. The discussion took place on the same show that labeled the virus President Trump’s “Chernobyl” on Thursday.