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

In a Georgia courtroom on Thursday, prosecutors revealed that accused NSA leaker Reality Winner wanted to “burn down the White House,” meet with terrorist leaders in the Middle East, and successfully manipulated media coverage to make herself look like a victim. While Friday’s network morning shows covered the stunning developments, none of the reporters apologized to viewers for advancing false claims from Winner’s parents that their daughter was afraid the Trump administration would “make her disappear.”


During an NBC News special report immediately following James Comey’s congressional testimony on Thursday, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd admitted that there was no “smoking gun” in any of the statements from the former FBI director, but still insisted that it was a “horrendous day” for the Trump administration.


Eagerly awaiting testimony from former FBI Director James Comey Thursday morning, correspondent Andrea Mitchell took to NBC’s Today to remind viewers of past “must-see” congressional hearings. The liberal reporter fondly remembered Capitol Hill proceedings that went after Republicans over the years, but conveniently skipped over the 1998 impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton.


Following Wednesday’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in which Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Admiral Mike Rogers both denied that the White House tried to pressure them to drop the Russia investigation, MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell was in a panic. She accused the respected intelligence officials of “stonewalling” and providing “non-answers.”


Matt Lauer is not a legal scholar, but apparently the morning show host likes to play one on TV. On Wednesday’s NBC Today, while lamenting reports that former FBI Director James Comey would not accuse President Trump of obstruction of justice during his congressional testimony on Thursday, Lauer still tried find a crime by absurdly claiming that Trump’s actions surrounding the Russia investigation may have met the “emotional definition” of obstruction.

At the end of Tuesday’s NBC Today, co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer brought on comedian and newly-named Comedy Central late-night host Jordan Klepper to promote his upcoming one-hour special on the cable channel. Based on Klepper’s work routinely mocking gun-owners as a Daily Show correspondent and the trailer for the satirical documentary, viewers can probably expect another typical left-wing screed against the Second Amendment.

On Tuesday, the network morning shows were delighted by the news that diplomat David Rank had resigned from his post as Acting U.S. Ambassador to China over President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate deal. Anchors touted the departure as “more fallout” from the White House rejecting the environmental agreement and evidence of a “revolt in the foreign service.”

Appearing on Monday’s NBC Today, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway ripped into the network for its “one-sided” hyperbolic coverage of President Trump’s Twitter reaction to Saturday’s London terror attack, calling out the liberal media “obsession” with his tweets.


The anchors and pundits on Friday’s NBC Today were beside themselves while decrying President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. The morning show panelists employed alarmist rhetoric to denounce Trump for stopping “history” and “blowing up” the deal.


In a hostile interview with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Friday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer didn’t even bother to conceal his contempt for President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. In response, the cabinet official exposed the anchor’s liberal bias on the topic.


It only took moments for NBC and CBS to trash President Trump’s decision on Thursday to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, relying on immediate denunciations from Barack Obama and Al Gore. During special coverage following the President’s Rose Garden address announcing his decision, anchors on both networks promptly recited statements from the two Democrats. 


After Hillary Clinton used a softball inteview during a Silicon Valley tech conference on Wednesday to blame everyone but herself for her failed presidential campaign, Thursday’s network morning shows eagerly promoted her excuses, even pushing unfounded conspiracy theories advanced by the former Democratic nominee.


On Wednesday afternoon, MSNBC anchor Katy Tur was freaking out over President Trump’s overnight Twitter typo, even to the point of absurdly warning that the commander-in-chief’s use of social media could lead to a nuclear war.


While NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday devoted full reports to comedian Kathy Griffin’s widely-condemned mock beheading of an effigy of President Trump, CBS This Morning could only afford a 36-second news brief on the topic. By contrast, when an Republican congressional staffer criticized the behavior of the Obama daughters at a White House event on her private Facebook page in 2014, the CBS morning show had no trouble devoting full coverage to the minor controversy.


Opening Tuesday’s NBC Today, co-hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie assured their liberal viewers that with President Trump back from his overseas trip they were going to guarantee that the Russia investigation was the top headline. Guthrie welcomed the audience by announcing: “The President’s back from his overseas trip, but some of these same headlines persisting.”


Sitting down for a friendly chat with Chelsea Clinton on Tuesday’s NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie sympathized with her one-time network colleague over Hillary Clinton’s “devastating” loss in the 2016 election: “Well, we know of course that your mom is a woman who inspires you....She’s actually been more in the spotlight recently, and really, I think, seeming to open up about the emotional process of dealing with an election loss. She’s called it a ‘crushing and devastating blow.’”


On Friday, all three network morning shows began with anchors breathlessly declaring that President Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner was “under scrutiny” in the FBI’s Russia investigation. However, after offering the screaming salacious headlines, each broadcast quietly admitted that Kushner was not the target of the investigation nor was he accused of any wrongdoing.


During Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET hour, MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin just naturally assumed that President Trump deserved blame for Montana congressional candidate Creg Gianforte assaulting a reporter: “And how much blame should President Trump get, considering some of the rhetoric that we’ve heard from this president and – well, before he was president – and from the candidate himself?”


Interviewing former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Thursday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer tried to get the former Bush cabinet official to say that Donald Trump did not have the seriousness to be president: “You were here during the campaign and I asked you about Trump....And when I asked you did he have the gravitas to be commander-in-chief, you dodged it a little bit....you’ve now had 125 days to watch him. Do you feel he has the gravitas to be commander-in-chief?”


During MSNBC’s 3 p.m. ET hour on Wednesday, anchor Ali Velshi breathlessly made a sweeping declaration to viewers: “It certainly feels like we’re in the opening stages of a devastating political chapter in American history. Evidence is mounting for the President’s meddling in the Russia probe.”