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

On her 10:00 a.m. ET hour show Wednesday morning, MSNBC anchor Hallie Jackson tried to offer a “reality check” to liberal super-fans of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. After reading from an Associated Press report that described Democrats collecting “earrings, paintings, prayer candles, valentines, ornaments” with Mueller’s name or image in hopes that he would bring President Trump’s downfall, Jackson warned that “his report is not going to be what everybody thinks it’s gonna be.”



In addition to CNN’s disgraceful town hall event following the Parkland shooting being celebrated by the Norman Lear Center’s annual Cronkite Awards, NBC News received not one, but two honors for its biased reporting on illegal immigration and climate change in the past year.



On Monday, a newly-released USA Today/Suffolk University poll found that 50 percent of Americans agreed with President Trump’s assertion that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation was a “witch hunt.” However, viewers of the Big Three broadcast networks would never know that since the evening and morning newscasts on NBC, ABC, and CBS completely ignored the story. Meanwhile, MSNBC did notice the results and went into panic mode.  



Reporting for NBC’s Today show on Tuesday, correspondent Kristen Welker touted New Jersey Senator and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker being hit with a supposedly “tough question” during an interview with MSNBC host Chris Matthews that aired on Monday night’s Hardball. In reality, a clip of the alleged grilling showed Matthews urging Booker to call President Trump a “racist.”



During an interview with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney on her Monday show, MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell wondered how the former Maryland Congressman could possibly compete with Beto O’Rourke, whom she promised the media would follow “like a magnet” throughout the campaign.



On Monday, while both CBS This Morning and ABC’s Good Morning America managed to at least mention Beto O’Rourke receiving greater “scrutiny” and making “gaffes” over the weekend, NBC’s Today show skipped the Democratic presidential candidate’s unflattering stumbles in favor of gushing over his “eye-popping” fundraising numbers.



On Thursday and Friday, CBS This Morning and NBC’s Today show celebrated left-wing student activists around the world preparing to walk out of their classrooms to “demand action on climate change.” The CBS report took a particularly dark turn as correspondent Tony Dokoupil warned of “a future that might not even exist” for the young protesters.



Appearing on MSNBC Live With Craig Melvin Friday morning, NBC News National Security Analyst and former Obama administration official Ned Price didn’t hesitate to blame President Trump for the horrific terrorist attacks on two mosques in New Zealand. The supposed expert declared that Trump provided “plenty of rhetorical ammunition” to the white supremacist shooter.



Apparently the fawning media coverage of Beto O’Rourke’s first day on the 2020 campaign trail was even too much for liberal Late Night host Seth Meyers. On his Thursday night show, aired early Friday morning, the NBC comedian actually took MSNBC to task for bizarrely obsessing over O’Rourke’s rental minivan while reporting on the former Texas Congressman making a campaign stop in Iowa.



Talking to one the liberal architects of the Green New Deal Wednesday afternoon, MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi raised, and then dismissed, the massive cost of the radical climate change plan by claiming that “maybe we’ll save planet Earth for our children and our grandchildren.” Scolding critics of the plan in a follow-up question, he argued that it was “ridiculous that we’re wrecking the Earth.”



Is a politician who supports government-run health care, major gun restrictions, the radical Green New Deal and abortion liberal enough for the Democratic Party? That was the question MSNBC hosts asked on Thursday as they fretted that former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke may not be far left enough for Democratic voters in the 2020 presidential primary.



After spending weeks eagerly awaiting former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke entering the 2020 presidential race, on Thursday, NBC’s Today show excitedly declared “It’s official” and touted all the “buzz” surrounding the failed 2018 Senate candidate. Amid soundbites of O’Rourke’s announcement video, the morning show helpfully outlined his liberal platform.



During his 3:00 p.m. ET hour show Tuesday afternoon, MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi welcomed Dutch journalist and author Rutger Bregman on the program to demand that the Democratic Party move farther left and embrace European-style socialism. Not only did Velshi lob softballs, the host eagerly sought advice from Bregman on how such radical views could be made “mainstream” in the U.S. 



Reacting to a new poll showing 65% of Iowa Democratic caucus-goers support the Green New Deal, on MSNBC Monday afternoon, Politico’s Jake Sherman found it “absolutely stunning” that the policy proposal from left-wing Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was enjoying so much support among the party’s liberal base.



Appearing on the third hour of NBC’s Today show on Tuesday, former Tonight Show host Jay Leno lamented how “everyone has to know your politics” now if you’re a late-night comedian. He mentioned that he prided himself on not letting viewers know his political views and feared that many comedians have become too “one-sided” when it comes to politics.



It was a tale of two very different stories Monday morning, as both NBC’s Today show and CBS This Morning reported on 2020 Democratic candidates speaking at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. While NBC celebrated potential contender Beto O’Rourke as a “home-state heavyweight” and hailed left-wing Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as one of the “brightest stars” at the liberal event, CBS actually pressed Democrats on the issue of socialism.



Reacting to former Colorado Governor and 2020 presidential candidate John Hickenlooper repeatedly refusing to call himself a “capitalist” during an interview minutes earlier Friday morning, the cast of MSNBC’s Morning Joe expressed their shock and dismay at the “crisis in the Democratic Party” as far-left candidates preach socialism. 



In a fawning profile leading up to International Women’s Day, on Thursday, NBC’s Today show celebrated 29-year-old “Instagram poet” and liberal activist Cleo Wade as the “millennial Oprah.” Barely mentioned in the report was how Wade, much like Oprah Winfrey, has campaigned hard for Democrats in recent elections and aligned herself with left-wing groups like Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood, and the anti-Trump Women’s March.



During a contentious interview with Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky on Thursday, MSNBC anchor Hallie Jackson wondered if the anti-Semitism scandal swirling around fellow House Democrat Ilhan Omar was becoming a “distraction” for the party. Despite being in a friendly forum, Schakowsky railed against the media for covering the controversy and even suggested the reporting was endangering Omar.



Reporting from Capitol Hill late Wednesday morning on MSNBC Live With Craig Melvin, correspondent Garrett Haake fretted that “Democrats are in a jam” as they debated an anti-Semitism resolution meant to response to offensive comments from Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar. The reporter noted that liberal lawmakers didn’t want to “pile on one freshman Congresswoman” and were eager for the “distraction” to “go away.”