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

After NBC’s Today co-host Savannah Guthrie accused House Speaker Paul Ryan of “living in a fantasy world” on Wednesday for predicting that tax reform legislation would encourage businesses to raise wages for their employees, on Thursday, the network morning show tried its best to deny the reality that several major companies announced that they would be doing exactly that.


After being asked on Wednesday’s NBC Today if he was “living in a fantasy world” regarding new tax reform legislation, on ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS This Morning, House Speaker Paul Ryan called out the liberal media for spreading disinformation about the legislation and fact-checked their Democratic Party talking points.


In a particularly hostile interview with House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday’s NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie interrogated the Republican leader over newly-passed tax reform legislation and suggested that he was “living in a fantasy world” for predicting the bill would spur economic growth.


Ahead of congressional votes on Republican tax legislation on Tuesday, the NBC and ABC morning shows both predicted political doom for the GOP with passage of the bill. The network broadcasts painted the plan as one that would benefit the wealthy and veer into “dangerous political territory.”


In a fawning softball interview with Alabama Senator-elect Doug Jones for CBS Sunday Morning, reporter Manuel Bajorquez treated the Democrat to a comparison with To Kill a Mocking Bird protagonist Atticus Finch and assured viewers that the radically pro-abortion liberal was actually a “red-state Democrat” who represented the “new Alabama.”


Even with their industry embroiled in numerous sexual harassment scandals, the CEOs of major media companies still stuck to their liberal agenda as they announced on Saturday that a new Sexual Harassment Commission would be chaired by discredited Clarence Thomas accuser Anita Hill.


In an exclusive interview with NBC reporter Stephanie Gosk for Friday’s Today show, the attorney for the sexual harassment accuser of Matt Lauer revealed that the anonymous network staffer was “terrified” that NBC would allow information about her identity to leak out, even as there was “a hunt underway to figure out who she is.”  
 


On Wednesday and Thursday, the broadcast networks were openly enthusiastic about the prospect that Democrat Doug Jones winning the Alabama Senate race could derail the entire Republican legislative agenda. In stark contrast, when Republican Scott Brown pulled off a major upset win in the 2010 Massachusetts Senate race to replace the late Ted Kennedy, the same liberal media went into mourning.


During an exclusive interview with Democratic Alabama Senator-elect Doug Jones on Thursday’s NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie kept all the questions easy and steered clear of the liberal politician’s radical pro-abortion views. However, she did find time to ask him whether the Republican tax bill should be delayed so he could vote against it.


Appearing on NBC’s Today Wednesday morning to react to Democrat Doug Jones winning the Alabama special election for Senate, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd spun that the defeat of scandal-plagued Republican Roy Moore was not just a “one-off” and even bizarrely claimed that Democratic losses earlier in the year were a sign of building political momentum on the left.


While discussing the Russia investigation on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports on Tuesday, even liberal Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus had to acknowledge that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team had a definite “Democratic tilt.” The admission came in the wake of an FBI agent being removed from the probe due to anti-Trump bias.


On Monday, liberal late-night host Jimmy Kimmel once again used his show to launch nasty attacks against Republicans over the issue of health care. While urging Congress to approve funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (C.H.I.P.), the comedian-turned-activist labeled the effort to pass tax reform “disgusting” and accused the GOP of “putting a tax cut that mostly goes to rich people ahead of the lives of children.”


While covering President Trump making a “final pitch” for the Republican tax bill, on Monday’s NBC Today, correspondent Peter Alexander declared that the legislative push came “despite criticism it benefits the wealthy more than the middle class.” He even promoted a social media video of a Democratic Party activist calling on Republicans to reject the plan.


On Monday’s NBC Today, correspondent Peter Alexander briefly noted that “the President ratchets up his war on the news media” with tweets criticizing liberal press for a recent series of high-profile mistakes and fake news stories. However, the reporter was more interested in turning the topic into an excuse to slam Trump for his own “misleading claims.”


For the third day in a row, NBC’s Today turned to Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Richard Engel to provide the latest Palestinian talking points denouncing President Trump’s decision to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Reporting from the city once again on Friday, Engel warned of an “Israeli crackdown” against violent “day of rage” protests being encouraged by Palestinian leaders.


If you blinked during ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday, you literally may have missed the morning show’s reporting on the resignation of Minnesota Senator Al Franken. That’s because the coverage of the prominent Democrat stepping down over numerous sexual harassment allegations lasted only two seconds. That’s not exaggeration, a two-second mention of Franken’s name was all the broadcast could manage. 


Following Minnesota Senator Al Franken announcing his resignation on Thursday amid a series of sexual harassment allegations, CBS News special coverage of the lawmaker’s departure lamented what a “big blow” it was for the Democratic Party to lose someone with such a “nationwide progressive profile.” Anchor Bianna Golodryga even grieved “the end to a potentially storied career.”


Reporting live from Jerusalem on Thursday’s NBC Today, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Richard Engel made it clear that he was only interested in pushing the Palestinian narrative opposing President Trump’s decision to recognize the city as Israel’s capital. He sympathized with their “outrage” and “sense of betrayal” over the decision.


During NBC’s Wednesday special coverage of President Trump’s White House address, anchor Lester Holt also covered breaking news about a growing list of Democrats calling on Minnesota Senator Al Franken to resign amid sexual harassment allegations. Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd hoped the move would help the Democrats regain the “high ground” on the issue. 


On Wednesday, all three network morning shows were in full panic mode over President Trump’s upcoming decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In the midst of the collective freak-out, hosts and correspondents warned that the “dangerous” move could lead to a “new wave of violence” across the Middle East and even inspire “terrorist attacks in the west.”