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

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.”



Appearing on MSNBC on Thursday, NBC Chief Environmental Affairs Anne Thompson blasted the Trump administration for proposing a possible rollback of Obama-era environmental regulations, warning that such a policy shift would “put more of the emissions into the atmosphere that fuel climate change” and spark “an environmental civil war.”



On Thursday, MSNBC anchor Hallie Jackson cited a former Trump administration official criticizing cable news coverage that “wants to spend hours and hours dissecting the latest Trump tweet and yet they barely notice when we achieve long-sought conservative policy goals.” While Jackson claimed that such policy achievements did get air time, Washington Post Senior Political Reporter Aaron Blake argued that “the American people aren’t interested in” the president’s substantive accomplishments.



In a whiny tweet Tuesday afternoon, CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jeff Zeleny complained about President Trump not taking questions from the White House Press Corps as he left for a campaign rally in Florida, even making this completely false claim: “It marks at least a week that he’s gone without answering questions about his Tweets or anything else in the news.”



Amid her celebrating 40 years at NBC News, on Monday, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell appeared on Comedy Central’s Daily Show and compared President Trump to brutal Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, due to frequent criticism of the liberal media. Though she at least defended Trump against host Trevor Noah’s suggestion that the president was responsible for a deadly mass shooting.



In a fawning segment on NBC’s Today show on Tuesday, the network marked Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell’s 40 years of liberal bias. Co-host Savannah Guthrie even proclaimed: “As far as I’m concerned, this should be a national holiday.” Other hosts and correspondents chimed in to praise Mitchell’s career during the glowing five-minute montage that followed.



On Monday, the liberal media breathed a collective sigh of relief over 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s announcement over the weekend that she plans to stay on the high court for at least another five years. The coverage demonstrated how even the thought of Donald Trump naming the liberal justice’s replacement strikes terror into the hearts of reporters.



Since news broke on Friday of sexual harassment claims against both CBS CEO Les Moonves and longtime 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager, the broadcast network has been in damage control. While CBS News provided full coverage of scandal, reporter Anna Werner made sure to tout the company line that the accusations may just be a case of “corporate hardball” as CBS fights off an attempt to re-merge with its former parent company Viacom.



Appearing on MSNBC Live With Katy Tur Friday afternoon to promote his latest article – a fictitious look into a future in which President Trump has won reelection – New York Times columnist Bret Stephens warned Democrats not to “lose their marbles” in 2020 and stated the obvious fact that he joined liberal paper in 2017 specifically to oppose the president. 



Seconds after President Trump concluded a White House address on Friday rightfully touting strong economic growth, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd joined NBC live special coverage to immediately throw cold water on the news and accuse the president of having “over-hyped” the 4.1% increase in the gross domestic product.



Joining in the overwrought media reaction to the White House barring a CNN reporter from a Rose Garden event on Wednesday, on Thursday’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, Daily Beast Politics Editor Sam Stein urged the press corps to join together in a “collective pact” to “punish” the Trump administration.



Over an 18-hour period spanning two days, anchors on MSNBC and CNN all read from the same script as they warned viewers that President Trump’s typical criticism of the liberal media during a Tuesday address was akin to the authoritarian regime described in George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984.



During a Tuesday panel discussion on NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today about left-wing comedian Sacha Baron Cohen tricking and humiliating Republicans for his new Showtime series, NBC reporter Jacob Soboroff praised the deceptive entertainer as a “genius” who was “exposing the fault lines of our society” and “providing a service.”



During an interview with NBC anchor Megyn Kelly, actor Dennis Quaid described feeling nervous about his recently announced role playing Ronald Reagan for an upcoming biopic about the nation’s 40th president. Quaid told Kelly that Reagan was his “favorite president” and that he felt a “huge responsibility” to get him right in the film.



On Monday morning, NBC’s Today show was aghast that President Trump would call out Iran for threatening the United States with war, labeling it his “latest international incident” and fearing the “escalating war of words.” ABC and CBS also covered the story, but at least acknowledged Iran stoking the tensions. 



On Friday, the network morning shows devoted much of their coverage of President Trump’s visit to Britain on protesters “denouncing and mocking” him. Hosts and correspondents seemed to delight in the president receiving a “not-so-royal welcome” and being taunted by a giant balloon flying over the British capital “depicting Mr. Trump as an angry baby.”



During President Trump’s joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday, CNN’s hostile White House Correspondent Jim Acosta demanded to ask a question. As Trump refused and dismissed CNN as “fake news,” he turned to John Roberts of Fox News, remarking, “Let’s go to a real network.” A dejected Acosta muttered in response: “Well, we’re a real network too, sir.”



Following Thursday’s morning session of senior FBI official Peter Strzok testifying before Congress about anti-Trump text messages he sent during the 2016 campaign, MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing and her panel of paid NBC News analysts were unified in their condemnation of House Republicans and praise for Strzok. GOP members were compared to Joseph McCarthy while Strzok was laughably hailed for his supposed “integrity.”



On Thursday, all three network morning shows promoted the conspiracy theory that the arrest of porn star Stormy Daniels at an Ohio strip club for misdemeanor sex offences was a “politically motivated” “sting operation” designed to embarrass the adult film actress, who accused President Trump of having an affair with her in 2006. The NBC, ABC, and CBS broadcasts all touted such claims from Daniels’ media hound attorney Michael Avenatti.



During a panel discussion on her 9:00 a.m. ET hour show on Wednesday, MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle agreed with left-wing SiriusXM Progress radio host Mark Thompson that it was “evil” for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to block Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court in 2016. Thompson further warned that “women’s lives are on the line” with President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the high court.