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. He lives in Northern Virginia and can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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On Monday’s Today show, NBC White House correspondent Kristen Welker eagerly touted the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showing that 50 percent of Americans blamed President Trump for the partial government shutdown. However, missing from her report was any mention of the survey showing a rise in negative opinion of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Minutes before President Trump announced a deal to end the partial government shutdown Friday afternoon, the anchors and correspondents on MSNBC were beside themselves with glee over the development, cheering it as a “ginormous win” for Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Appearing on Thursday’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, aired early Friday morning, former Democratic Senator and newly-named NBC News Political Analyst Claire McCaskill was eager to trash Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as “really depressing” and “very political.” Meyers chimed in to claim that the Republican lawmaker had “no moral compass.”
During the Third Hour of NBC’s Today show on Thursday, weatherman Al Roker was eager to discuss the latest poll about climate change: “I want to know how America feels about global warming.” Fellow co-host Craig Melvin thanked him for setting up the story and proceeded to tout the new survey “that 73% of Americans polled said that global warming is happening.”
After grilling Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann on Wednesday, NBC anchor Savannah Guthrie treated Native American activist Nathan Phillips to a softball sit-down on Thursday’s Today show. She began by asking Phillips how he was feeling and then fretted whether her hostile interview with Sandmann was “enough” for him and if the teenager “should have apologized” for their altercation at the Lincoln Memorial.
In the pilot episode of SYFY’s Deadly Class, a teen drama about a high school for assassins set in the 1980s, the lead character not only blames Ronald Reagan for the death of his parents, but tells his fellow murderous classmates that he plans to “assassinate” the President who “ruined my life.”
During an exclusive interview with Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann for NBC’s Today show on Wednesday, co-host Savannah Guthrie interrogated the teenager about his “infamous” altercation with a Native American activist and other left-wing demonstrators at the Lincoln Memorial days earlier. She repeatedly suggested that he and his fellow students were to blame for the incident and even wondered if the “Make America Great Again” hats they wore escalated the situation.
Amid the ongoing partial government shutdown, on Monday, MSNBC anchor Katy Tur and correspondent Jacob Soboroff warned that the most devastating impact may be a temporary delay in a NASA climate change study. Soboroff feared that “life on planet Earth” itself may be in jeopardy if the budget impasse was not resolved soon.
Before all the facts were known, the media ran with a story accusing pro-life activists from Covington Catholic High School of racism during an altercation with left-wing demonstrators at the Lincoln Memorial after the March for Life on Friday. That false narrative began to fall apart almost immediately, once additional video surfaced proving how the original, social media version of the story, was false. NewsBusters has analyzed the coverage and assigned a grade to various prominent media outlets in their handling of the fake news.
Between Saturday evening and Monday morning, NBC, ABC and CBS devoted a stunning 19 minutes 5 seconds to falsely accusing teenagers who participated in the March for Life of racism following a confrontation with left-wing activists. That was after the broadcast networks only managed to provide a pathetic 58 seconds of coverage to Friday’s annual demonstration protesting the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision legalizing abortion.
Moments after MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell read a statement from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accusing President Trump of endangering U.S. troops in Afghanistan by publicly postponing the Democratic leader’s trip to the war-torn country, Capitol Hill correspondent Garrett Haake insisted that Pelosi actually “held back quite a lot” when it came to trashing Trump.
For his Reporter’s Notebook segment on Friday’s CBS This Morning, co-host John Dickerson took the journalistic equivalent of Facebook’s ten-year challenge, fondly looking back at the “hope” and “good relations” of Barack Obama’s inauguration in January of 2009. He then lamented how “grim” things were in Washington a decade later, under President Trump.
After news broke on Wednesday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was rescinding her invitation for President Trump to deliver his State of the Union address to Congress during the ongoing government shutdown, the broadcast networks hailed the Democratic leader “flexing her muscles” with the “brazen power play.” However, when Republican House Speaker John Boehner suggested President Obama delay an address to Congress by a single day in 2011, reporters lost their minds, calling the move “racist” and telling the GOP to “grow up.”
“Welcome to the Stephen Colbert primary,” that was headline of an online article written by CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter on Monday, as he touted CBS’s Late Show “proving to be a key stop for Democrats who are positioning themselves for 2020 presidential bids.” On Wednesday morning, MSNBC echoed the sentiment, proclaiming the liberal late night comedian to be an “unofficial power broker” in the Democratic primary.
Breaking into live coverage of the Senate confirmation hearing for President Trump’s Attorney General nominee William Barr, on Tuesday afternoon, MSNBC anchor Brian Williams informed viewers about the Brexit deal being rejected by Parliament in the UK. He insisted that Britain’s decision to leave the European Union was the result of Russian “election meddling.”
On Tuesday, the network morning show that employed an alleged sexual harasser for 20 years thought it was great that shave company Gillette produced a commercial condemning “toxic masculinity.” Reporting for NBC’s Today show, correspondent Morgan Radford hailed the “big message” “going viral” and celebrated how “advertisers are evolving” by taking stands on social issues.
On Sunday’s Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd eagerly touted the latest Gallup poll showing 51% of Democrats and 26% of Americans overall identifying themselves as “liberal.” He excitedly told viewers that “Democrats are embracing the label” and that it was “no longer a dirty word” in politics.
In a softball interview with Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine on Sunday’s Meet the Press, moderator Chuck Todd wondered if a report in the New York Times about the FBI investigating President Trump’s alleged ties to Russia in 2017 meant it was time for congressional Democrats to begin impeachment proceedings.
After the media spent weeks hammering Republicans and the White House over the ongoing government shutdown – while claiming Democrats have “no incentive” to compromise – Politico reported on Wednesday that many freshman House Democrats were increasingly “concerned with the party’s strategy” and even “freaking out” over the possibility of a political backlash.
Since the government shutdown began in late December, the media have made sure to repeatedly lay the blame solely on President Trump and Republicans in Congress. Not only did the press refuse to place any responsibility for the budget impasse on congressional Democrats, but reporters actually touted the notion that liberal lawmakers had “no incentive” to compromise.