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. He lives in Northern Virginia and can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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On Tuesday, all three network morning shows were united in promoting NBC News reporter Kristen Welker shouting an impeachment question at President Trump during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday. A soundbite of the brief exchange was featured on each broadcast, amid coverage worrying about Democrats being divided over the issue.
Early in the 2:00 p.m. ET hour of MSNBC’s nonstop Mueller report coverage on Thursday, Hardball host Chris Matthews joined anchor Brian Williams to offer his first thoughts on the investigation’s findings. In his typical unhinged fashion, Matthews ranted that President Trump’s written responses to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s questions, included in the report, read like “he had failed an Alzheimer’s competency test.”
During the NBC News Special Report following the release of the Mueller report on Thursday, Nightly News anchor Lester Holt lamented “both volumes of this report likely falling with a thud for a lot of Democrats right now.” Capitol Hill correspondent Kasie Hunt agreed: “It did land with a thud, Lester, that’s right.”
During live coverage on NBC News Thursday morning, Justice Department correspondent Pete Williams made a point of saying that Attorney General William Barr’s four-page letter outlining the conclusions of the Mueller Report “tracks very closely” with the findings in the report itself.
Hours before Attorney General William Barr was set hold a press conference at the Justice Department ahead of the public release of the Mueller report, all three network morning shows hyped Democratic talking points preemptively trashing the presser and accusing Barr of just doing President Trump’s “partisan bidding.”
As news broke Wednesday afternoon that Attorney General William Barr would be holding a press conference Thursday morning on the release of the Mueller report, MSNBC reporters and pundits began rending their garments over the announcement. Anchor Nicolle Wallace and her panel of journalist guests denounced the Justice Department chief for the supposed outrage of planning to take questions from the press.
Eager for Thursday’s release of the Mueller report, on Wednesday morning, MSNBC anchor Hallie Jackson and the Washington Post’s Phil Rucker could barely contain their excitement at the prospect of scouring the document for any “derogatory” information that may make President Trump “look bad.” Jackson even claimed there was “breakdown-level anxiety” throughout the White House.
On MSNBC Tuesday afternoon, anchor Stephanie Ruhle and reporter Ben Collins falsely accused Fox News of promoting fake online claims that Islamic terrorism was responsible for the massive fire that consumed France’s Notre Dame cathedral on Monday.
During a lengthy panel discussion on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports on Monday, just minutes after word came down that the Mueller report would be released to the public on Thursday, Mitchell and her guests worried that it would be a “disappointment.” Even so, the pundits all tried to reassure themselves that the report could still bring President Trump’s downfall.
On Monday, all three network morning shows recited the same nasty accusations from Democrats that President Trump was “inciting violence” against left-wing Congresswoman Ilhan Omar simply by criticizing her offensive comments downplaying the September 11th attacks. Glossing over Omar’s incendiary rhetoric, hosts and correspondents feared for the liberal lawmaker’s safety.
On Friday, NBC’s Today show eagerly welcomed South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg to the 2020 presidential race, cheering the Democrat’s “surging moment” ahead of officially announcing his candidacy on Sunday. In addition to boosting Buttigieg’s campaign, the morning show also touted the openly gay politician’s recent personal attacks on Vice President Mike Pence over the issue of gay marriage.
While touting a new People magazine story about his recent trip to Alaska to warn of the dangers of climate change, during the Third Hour Today show on Thursday, NBC weatherman Al Roker lectured “climate deniers” to abandon their skepticism and think “about your grandchildren and your children.”
After the media failed to notice controversial Democratic Congresswoman Ihan Omar making offensive public comments two weeks ago in which she downplayed the September 11th terrorist attacks as “some people did something,” NBC’s Today show finally discovered the story on Thursday. The ABC and CBS morning shows continued to ignore Omar’s latest scandal, while NBC tried to paint her as a victim.
On Wednesday, both NBC’s Today show and ABC’s Good Morning America promoted congressional Democrats complaining about Attorney General William Barr’s testimony on Capitol Hill regarding the upcoming release of the Mueller report. Little or no attention was given to Republicans as anchors and reporters warned of “Democrats still not happy.”
In a softball exchange with Chelsea Clinton on his Monday night show, aired early Tuesday morning, NBC’s Late Night host Seth Meyers agreed with her assessment that President Trump has achieved “new levels of cruelty” with his policies. He went on to sympathize with Clinton that Fox News still has an “obsession” with her political family.
During an interview with NBC’s Maria Shriver aired on Tuesday’s Today show, left-wing comedian Chelsea Handler promoted her new book about undergoing a year of therapy following the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Doubling down on her remarks to HBO’s Bill Maher over the weekend, Handler described the “mid-life crisis” she suffered after the President defeated Hillary Clinton.
During an interview with Third Hour Today show co-host Sheinelle Jones aired on Monday, PBS anchor Christiane Amanpour denounced criticism of the media as being “corrosive and destructive” to democracy. The comments came just days after the reporter vilely attempted to link Fox News to the recent terrorist attacks in New Zealand.
On Monday, all three network morning shows reveled in Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announcing her resignation with relieved reporting about her “tumultuous tenure” at the department being over and touting Democrats blasting the Trump cabinet official. Correspondents fretted over who would replace Nielsen as they bid her “good riddance.”
After trying to reassure their liberal viewers earlier in the show that the Mueller report could still damage the President, Friday’s Morning Joe panel eventually moved on to the latest Democratic strategy to take down Trump – his tax returns. After co-host Joe Scarborough expressed his hope that the documents would prove Russian collusion, pundit Donny Deutsch predicted a “silver bullet.”
Early on Friday’s Morning Joe, co-host Joe Scarborough accused Attorney General William Barr of attempting to “whitewash” findings in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation, going so far as to claim that Barr had “trashed his reputation for Donald Trump.” All of the anchor’s assertions were based on anonymous second-hand accounts alleging that Barr’s summary of the Mueller report was misleading.