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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Appearing on Monday’s Good Morning America, ABC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams adopted a remarkably flexible standard for what can justify removing a duly elected President of the United States from office, arguing that “anything” could be deemed an impeachable offense. That’s certainly much looser than the “high crimes and misdemeanors” standard laid out in the Constitution.
On Monday, NBC’s Today show was the only network morning show to cover the State Department reopening an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. However, the entire report was designed to immediately discredit the probe and even touted Clinton telling CBS Sunday Morning’s Jane Pauley that Donald Trump was an “illegitimate president.”
Move over Robert Mueller, the liberal media have found a new love. With House Democrats announcing an impeachment inquiry against President Trump over his phone call with the president of Ukraine, the media promptly dropped the Special Counsel’s inconclusive Russia investigation in favor of the latest promise of Trump’s political downfall. Reporters even went so far as to admit Mueller’s two-year effort was a “confusing” and “convoluted” flop.
During Thursday’s special reports on ABC and NBC covering the House Intelligence Committee hearing with Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, journalists rushed to the defense of the anonymous whistleblower accusing President Trump of wrongdoing in a phone call with the president of Ukraine. Any of the serious questions about the unknown official’s credibility were dismissed and denounced.
On Wednesday, NBC’s Today show devoted over six minutes of air time to cheering longtime liberal reporter Andrea Mitchell receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the News and Documentary Emmys on Tuesday night. In a gushing montage of Mitchell’s 50-year career of biased reporting, NBC colleagues hailed her as “indefatigable” and a model of “fairness.”
Amid all of the enthusiastic coverage on Wednesday’s Morning Joe over House Democrats announcing an official impeachment inquiry of President Trump, co-host Mika Brzezinski was particularly in awe of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The MSNBC host hailed Pelosi as “the woman of the moment” who “is driven first by her faith.”
Over the span of just 26 hours on Monday and Tuesday, the network morning and evening newscasts featured mentions of impeachment a stunning 73 times while hyping the controversy over President Trump’s July phone call with the president of Ukraine.
On Monday, the network morning shows managed to feature some variant of the word “impeachment” a total of 17 times while reporting on President Trump’s phone call with the President of Ukraine about corruption allegations against Joe Biden’s son Hunter. In addition, ABC, NBC and CBS eagerly touted a letter from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accusing Trump of “lawlessness.”
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Friday, left-wing regular Donny Deutsch was convinced that vague allegations of someone overhearing President Trump making controversial comments to another world leader during a private phone call would be the commander in chief’s downfall. Deutsch promised his fellow liberals that “this is the big one” and pleaded for Democrats to “storm the gate” with investigations.
An anonymous intelligence official has claimed that President Trump said something to someone during a phone call that the unnamed official found troubling. That is a summation of the flimsy reporting in The Washington Post that all three network morning shows seized on Thursday morning. With almost no facts to go on, reporters on NBC, ABC, and CBS breathlessly declared a “growing scandal” and “potential constitutional showdown” over the matter.
While CBS This Morning and ABC’s Good Morning America both devoted full reports on Monday to the arrest of prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck on drug charges following two recent overdose deaths at his Los Angeles home, NBC’s Today show was remarkably silent on the major political news.
On Tuesday’s NBC Today, NBC weatherman Al Roker warned viewers that climate change was “threatening some iconic American landmarks” and even touted predictions that Washington D.C. may soon be underwater as a result. The only problem with that dire forecast? NBC has been making that same wild claim for the past 30 years.
Eager to keep the discredited New York Times hit piece against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the news for one more day, on Tuesday, CBS This Morning fretted over President Trump blasting the liberal paper “for publishing and then adjusting this story” and demanding that any reporters involved in the smear job resign.
Launching NBC’s Climate in Crisis on Monday’s Today show, as part of the network’s new climate unit, weatherman Al Roker talked about how “thrilled” he was to head up the effort to push environmental activism and touted a recent trip to Greenland as proof of the “crisis” and “ground zero for climate change.”
Only days after NBC’s 3rd Hour Today show celebrated liberal Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s ten-year anniversary on the high court with a cake, on Monday, the broadcast devoted over seven minutes of air time to promoting a New York Times hit piece against Justice Brett Kavanaugh, just in time to mark the conservative jurist’s first year on the bench.
On Friday’s CBS This Morning, while analyzing Thursday night’s Democratic debate, correspondent Major Garrett praised left-wing contender Beto O’Rourke as a “candidate of conviction” for declaring that as President he would confiscate guns. The reporter marveled at O’Rourke’s “authenticity” on the topic.
On her 9:00 a.m. ET hour show on Thursday, MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle welcomed the editor-in-chief of Time magazine on the program to promote the liberal publication’s latest issue devoted solely to preaching climate change activism. Amid all the fearmongering in the segment, Ruhle and her guest declared that “there is no other side” in the debate over the topic.
Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Thursday, liberal comedian Bill Maher actually hammered the Democratic Party for moving too far left and warned that 2020 candidates were jeopardizing their chances of defeating President Trump. He also declared that “America has been choking on political correctness.”
On Wednesday, just one day before ABC News hosts the third Democratic primary debate ahead of 2020, Good Morning America co-host and debate moderator George Stephanopoulos excitedly touted new poll results showing President Trump “trailing all the top Democrats in head-to-head match-ups.” If only such hypothetical results nine months before the start of the general election campaign actually mattered.
During an interview with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday, Today show co-host Savannah Guthrie pressed her guest on whether Russia “elected Donald Trump.” In response, Rice ripped apart the notion and lectured the NBC anchor: “I really don’t think that’s a good conversation to have.”