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

While moderating a panel discussion about the upcoming midterm elections on her 9:00 a.m. ET hour show on Friday, MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle bemoaned the fact that Democrats may have hurt their chances by the way they attempted to character assassinate Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, admitting that swing voters “don’t like the way Democrats handled it.”



On Thursday, before conducting an exclusive live interview with former First Lady Michelle Obama, Today show host Savannah Guthrie enthusiastically reported on Mrs. Obama’s “work inspiring others” being “far from over” as she launched a get out the vote effort to help Democrats ahead of the midterm elections.  



During an exclusive live interview with Michelle Obama on Thursday’s Today show, co-host Savannah Guthrie touted the former First Lady’s “famous” motto of “When they go low, we go high.” However, the NBC anchor then highlighted other prominent Democrats recently calling for the party to abandon any pretense of civility when attacking Republicans and wondered if Obama’s saying “still stands.”



Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday to promote his new book, Presidents of War, NBC News Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss feared that President Trump “will be tempted to do a war for political reasons,” especially if Democrats do well in the midterms and launch investigations into the administration that cause him to be “backed into a corner.”



In a report on Tuesday’s Today show about the upcoming midterm elections, NBC News correspondent Jacob Soboroff traveled to California’s Orange County in hopes of finding evidence of a blue wave in the usually reliably red section of the state. However, liberal media hopes were dashed as the reporter discovered that the young voters Democrats were relying on to flip Republican congressional districts were not very motivated.



Appearing on Megyn Kelly Today, NBC News Correspondent Stephanie Gosk accused Republican Senator Susan Collins of trying to have it “both ways” on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and dismissed her speech on the Senate floor announcing her support of the Judge as something “drummed up by some PR expert in a back room.”



On Monday, the focus of midterm election coverage on all three network morning shows was cheering on pop star Taylor Swift “as she uses her voice to venture into the political fray” by endorsing Democrats in her home state of Tennessee. Anchors and reporters gushed over the singer finally using her influence to push a liberal agenda after having “avoided politics in the past.”



On Sunday’s 60 Minutes, correspondent Scott Pelley conducted a hostile interrogation of Republican Senator Susan Collins, aghast at her decision to support the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. At the same time, he treated Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp as a “rare” hero for voting against Kavanaugh.



During an interview with Today show co-host Savannah Guthrie aired Friday morning, liberal talk show host Ellen DeGeneres reacted to allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by blasting the judge for being able to “get away with” being “angry” during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in which Democrats were smearing him as a rapist.



While the rest of Thursday’s network morning shows ignored new polling data showing an enthusiasm surge among Republican voters ahead of the midterm elections, NBC anchor Megyn Kelly not only reported the bad news for Democrats, but pointed to biased and irresponsible media coverage as one reason for the public “backlash” against liberal lawmakers.  



As the White House prepared to send the completed FBI background investigation into allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the Senate on Thursday, NBC’s Today show went to work trying to preemptively discredit the findings. The coverage of the Bureau’s finished inquiry focused almost entirely on Democrats complaining that it “did not go far enough.”



On her show Wednesday morning, NBC anchor Megyn Kelly literally treated a New York Times story detailing a 1983 letter written by Brett Kavanaugh like a piece of garbage, crumpling up a copy of the letter and throwing it away. Even as all three broadcast networks, including her own, hyped the story, Kelly told viewers how “ridiculous” it was.



In an interview with Republican Senator Jeff Flake and Democratic Senator Chris Coons on Wednesday’s Today show, co-host Savannah Guthrie feared that the FBI inquiry into allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was being “rushed” and even suggested that the federal judge may have lied under oath during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing a week earlier.



During an interview with Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy on Tuesday, MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell fretted that the seventh FBI background check into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was too restricted. Her hyperventilating over the issue got to a point where she suggested that the Bureau should actually investigate Kavanaugh for being “rude” to Democrats.



On Tuesday, just one day after NBC conducted an exclusive interview with questionable Brett Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick, a panel of journalists on Megyn Kelly Today proceeded to dismantle credibility of the Michael Avenatti client. They all agreed that Swetnick’s story had significant “inconsistencies.”



Appearing on Fox News Monday night, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham blasted NBC News for airing an interview with Brett Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick despite her serious credibility problems and the network being unable to corroborate any of her claims. The lawmaker told host Sean Hannity that the accusations were “a bunch of garbage.”



During her Monday morning show, NBC anchor Megyn Kelly scolded NBC News Legal Analyst Daniel Goldman for suggesting that FBI agents investigating sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should wander around the Maryland suburbs of Washington D.C. to try to find a house that matched Christine Blasey Ford’s extremely vague description in her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  



During a fawning interview with Democratic Senator Chris Coons and Republican Senator Jeff Flake on Sunday’s 60 Minutes, CBS correspondent Scott Pelley urged them to denounce Brett Kavanaugh for defending himself against partisan liberal attacks during Thursday’s contentious Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.



Appearing on NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today Friday morning, correspondent Jacob Soboroff made it clear where he stood on Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh, declaring Ford to be “an American hero.” Thankfully, host Megyn Kelly was quick to rein in his enthusiastic support for Kavanaugh’s accuser.



During Friday’s Today show, co-host Savannah Guthrie pointed out that the hearing with Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was “playing out in the context of the #MeToo movement” and asked: “...how are people, you know, folks out there watching what’s happening on Capitol Hill?” Instead of simply talking to “folks,” in the report that followed, correspondent Stephanie Gosk lined up a series of left-wing activists to condemn Kavanaugh.