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 email@example.com.
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After opening Thursday night’s Late Show by labeling a visit from President Trump to be the latest “disaster” to befall the state of Michigan, liberal host Stephen Colbert later began a softball interview with presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden by hopefully asking: “Are you gonna beat this guy?”
On Thursday, ABC’s Good Morning America hyped a new docu-series set to premiere on Disney-owned cable channel FX on Friday titled AKA Jane Roe, focused on a 2017 deathbed interview with Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” plaintiff in the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. The network hyped McCorvey’s claim that her “anti-abortion” activism later in life “was a scam.”
On Wednesday afternoon, MSNBC anchor Katy Tur touted the “drop in pollution”as a “positive consequence of the pandemic” that has killed hundreds of thousands of people around the world and left tens of millions unemployed. Talking to Penn State University professor and climate activist Michael Mann, she hoped Americans would seize on this “unique” “opportunity” to “change our habits.”
It’s funny how liberal journalists suddenly warn of media bias when they are the ones facing press scrutiny. That hypocrisy was on full display Tuesday, when Mediaite decided to publish an op/ed from disgraced former Today show host Matt Lauer, who portrayed himself as a victim of “shoddy journalism.” On Wednesday, both NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America seized on the article, framing it as Lauer’s “fact-check” of rape allegations against himself.
During a nine-minute softball interview with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on MSNBC Tuesday morning, anchor Stephanie Ruhle only asked a single nine-second question about the Democrat’s recently-changed policy of forcing COVID-positive patients to return to nursing homes. Nearly 5,000 residents in such facilities across the state have died of the virus since the policy was put in place in late March.
On Sunday and Monday, all three broadcast networks cheered former President Obama’s decision to use a virtual commencement address as an opportunity to launch a nasty partisan attack against President Trump. Instead of criticizing such unseemly political rhetoric being used during a speech to students across the country in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, network anchors and reporters touted the move as the kickoff to the 2020 general election campaign.
Appearing on MSNBC Friday afternoon, NBC News chief global affairs correspondent Bill Neely delivered two straight minutes of anti-American Chinese propaganda that accused President Trump of “lunacy,” claimed Washington was in a state of “panic,” and declared that China was “trying to argue from a position of strength that it has its pandemic under control.”
On her Friday morning show, MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle kept up her network’s insistence that there was “nothing” to see regarding the controversy swirling around top Obama administration officials – including Joe Biden – urging the unmasking of Michael Flynn. Following days of her fellow liberal hosts pushing the same claim, Ruhle assured viewers the scandal was “completely made up” and a “nonsense story.”
On Wednesday, MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell feared that President Trump’s criticism of China’s mishandling of coronavirus amounted to a “resurgence of xenophobia” and “anti-China scapegoating.” She even cast doubt on U.S. intelligence warning that the communist regime was looking to hack organizations conducting medical research on the pandemic.
On Wednesday, MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell welcomed Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and California Congressman Adam Schiff on her 12:00 p.m. ET hour show to defend Barack Obama from criticism. Both liberal lawmakers seized the chance to accuse Republicans of “conspiracy theories” regarding the Obama administration’s handling of the Russia investigation.
In the wake of the latest developments in the Michael Flynn case, on Tuesday, Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum cited the New York Post Editorial Board suggesting that Pulitzer Prizes handed out to liberal media outlets for their promotion of the debunked Russia collusion narrative should be revoked. Senior political analyst Brit Hume agreed, labeling the obsessive coverage a “journalistic fiasco.”
As NBC wrapped up its special coverage of the Senate coronavirus hearing late Tuesday morning, journalists repeatedly expressed their relief that the proceeding on Capitol Hill was supposedly free of the “politicking” and “chaos” they claimed plagued White House briefings on the pandemic.
During an exclusive live interview on ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday, Joe Biden struggled to answer surprisingly challenging questions from co-host George Stephanopoulos about the controversy swirling around the Michael Flynn case. Meanwhile, the presumptive Democratic nominee escaped the conversation with only 39 seconds spent on Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation against him.
On Friday, audio of former President Barack Obama blasting the Trump administration’s coronavirus response during a phone call trying to drum up support for the Biden campaign was leaked to Yahoo News. Over the weekend and through Monday morning, the three broadcast networks repeatedly hyped the nasty, partisan attack without one word of criticism for Obama’s unseemly rhetoric.
As former Senate staffer Tara Reade gave her first on-camera interview detailing her sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden on Thursday, neither ABC’s World News Tonight that evening nor Friday’s Good Morning America mentioned the important development. While NBC and CBS did cover the story, both networks framed Reade’s public comments as a “response to Joe Biden’s strong denial.”
On Thursday, MSNBC’s Morning Joe eagerly touted the latest article from New York Times opinion writer at large Charlie Warzel, in which he warned that “America is Paying A Heavy Price for Freedom” amid the coronavirus pandemic. He compared those protesting against strict stay-at-home orders with gun rights supporters and accused them all of having “a very selfish, a very narrow definition of what that freedom means.”
On Wednesday, the network morning shows gushed over a new fawning Netflix documentary about former First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2018 book tour promoting her memoir, Becoming. The film had only been released on the streaming service for a matter of hours when ABC, NBC, and CBS journalists began urging viewers to go watch the sycophantic biopic.
During a softball interview with Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday, NBC’s 3rd Hour Today show co-host Craig Melvin urged the Democrat to arrest protesters objecting to her strict coronavirus stay-at-home order in the state. He even compared the peaceful demonstrators to violent rioters in Ferguson, Missouri after the Michael Brown shooting in 2014.
Appearing on Fox News’s Special Report Monday evening, senior political analyst Brit Hume openly laughed at the absurd suggestion from The New York Times that the Democratic National Committee should be in charge of investigating sexual assault allegations against its own presumptive presidential nominee, Joe Biden.
On Monday, MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell and NBC News presidential historian Michael Beschloss feared that President Trump conducting a virtual town hall with Fox News at the Lincoln Memorial Sunday night to discuss the coronavirus pandemic had somehow sullied the “hallowed ground” of the Washington D.C. monument.