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

While the journalists at CBS News have still refused to cover New York Governor Andrew Cuomo telling a crowd of supporters on Wednesday that America “was never that great,” Late Show host Stephen Colbert pressed a trio of former Obama White House staffers about gaffe on Thursday night’s program, aired early Friday morning.



One would think a major gaffe by a prominent governor and potential 2020 presidential candidate would garner significant attention from the broadcast networks. However, since Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told a crowd on Wednesday that America “was never that great,” NBC has only provided 37 seconds of coverage to the controversy, while ABC and CBS have ignored the story altogether.



Capping off a lengthy panel discussion on Wednesday’s MSNBC Live With Katy Tur touting former Trump White House staffer Omarosa Maniguault Newman’s attacks on the administration in her new tell-all book, New York Times Political Reporter Nick Confessore referenced iconic movie villains to describe the public feud.



During a softball interview with left-wing Democratic Senator and potential 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday’s Late Night, aired early Wednesday morning, NBC’s Seth Meyers wondered if the Massachusetts lawmaker was “relieved” that the Democratic Party was “finally” becoming as radical as her.



Taking to Twitter Tuesday morning, NBC’s Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd lost it over anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok being fired and President Trump praising the dismissal. Ranting that the president’s criticism of Strzok was “extraordinary and un-democratic,” Todd feared that other “civil servants” would be intimidated by the supposed effort to “character assassinate.”



While defending her unsubstantiated accusation that she heard an audio recording of President Trump using the n-word during a taping of The Apprentice years ago, on Monday, former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault-Newman told NBC’s Today show co-host Savannah Guthrie that the media should grill the president about her claims. By Tuesday morning, White House correspondent Kristen Welker had complied with that request. All of it came as the total network coverage of Omarosa's book surged pass the two-hour mark.



It’s not unusual to hear a prominent politician accusing NBC News of bias. However, when that politician is Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and she’s accusing NBC of bias while appearing on MSNBC, it stands out. She made the claim on Sunday’s AM Joy, laughably arguing that the friendly broadcast network was out to get her.



Beginning with Friday’s evening newscasts and going through Monday’s morning shows, the broadcast networks of NBC, ABC, and CBS provided an astonishing 93 minutes of air time to promoting former Trump White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman’s new tell-all book blasting the administration and accusing the President of being a “racist.” While hosts and correspondents repeatedly acknowledged the Apprentice star’s major credibility problems, that didn’t stop them from providing the avalanche of coverage.



On Friday, NBC’s Today show could not find any time to cover an exclusive report from its own network showing major trouble for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. An NBC News survey found that over 50 Democratic congressional candidates have pledged to oppose Pelosi as Speaker of the House if they win a majority in November’s midterm elections.



After the liberal media spent years telling viewers that climate change would increase the frequency and severity of hurricanes, on Friday, NBC’s Today show weatherman Al Roker revealed that the changing climate would actually decrease the number of storms during the upcoming hurricane season.



During her 2:00 p.m. ET hour show on Thursday, MSNBC anchor Katy Tur touted a July poll from the left-wing Center for American Progress that unsurprisingly found that a majority of respondents thought Republicans were “more corrupt” than Democrats. Tur quoted the biased survey results from a Politico article entitled: “Corruption message gaining traction against GOP.”



Reacting to news that the 2019 Academy Awards ceremony would be undergoing major changes in order to address poor ratings for this year’s show, on Thursday, NBC anchor Megyn Kelly offered some ideas of her own, namely that the Hollywood event drop left-wing politics from its program.



During a report for NBC’s Today show on Wednesday, Senior Investigative and Legal Correspondent Cynthia McFadden seized on Democrats accusing President Trump of violating the Constitution, recycling year-old claims about the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. flouting a ban on an elected officials receiving foreign payments. 



On Wednesday, the network morning shows all claimed the outcome of Ohio’s 12th Congressional District special election was “too close to call” despite Republican candidate Troy Balderson seeming to have won a narrow victory over Democrat Danny O’Connor. Despite that apparent result, reporters desperately spun the likely Democratic defeat as a “moral victory” and predicted electoral doom for the GOP in November’s midterm elections.



Appearing on Late Night With Seth Meyers Monday night, aired early Tuesday morning, NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt rejected President Trump’s criticism of the liberal media by laughably claiming that NBC News has “earned a lot of trust with our audiences and a tradition of excellence.” Holt of course took over Nightly News after his predecessor Brian Williams was caught lying about his coverage of the Iraq war.



During Monday’s MSNBC Live With Velshi & Ruhle, anchor Stephanie Ruhle was so outraged over President Trump criticizing NBA star Lebron James in a tweet that she urged the social media platform to ban the commander-in-chief. In a later segment, she also renewed her call for Facebook to be “shut down” over concerns about Russian-backed fake accounts.



During a softball interview with losing 2016 Democratic Senate candidate Jason Kander on Monday, NBC anchor Megyn Kelly declared the Missouri politician to be the “future of Democratic Party” and pressed him on whether he was going to run for president in 2020. She also took time to gush over his anti-gun activism.



In a Comedy Central promo, Daily Show host Trevor Noah is shown lecturing Republicans about their opposition to socialism, claiming concerns over the radical left-wing ideology are “all in you mind.” During a recent interview with socialist New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Noah dismissed the term as just a political “label.”



After preaching about climate change on Friday’s Today show, Al Roker filled in for vacationing Megyn Kelly in the 9:00 a.m. ET hour and led a panel discussion celebrating liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announcing that she wouldn’t retire from the bench for at least another five years.



Instead of providing a forecast during the 7:30 a.m. ET half hour of NBC’s Today show on Friday, weatherman Al Roker decided to launch into a lecture on climate change. Citing the American Meteorological Society’s annual State of the Climate report, Roker warned viewers that “we’ve seen a lot of climate change going on.”