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

Reporting live from Seoul, South Korea during Friday’s Today show, NBC Chief Global Correspondent Bill Neely warned against anyone being too optimistic about the major diplomatic breakthrough in the Korean peace process, telling co-host Savannah Guthrie that she was “right to be skeptical” of the development. He later took to MSNBC to repeat the same message.



In a statement to The Washington Post on Thursday, disgraced former Today show anchor Matt Lauer bitterly went after his sexual harassment accusers, dismissing the “many false stories” about his behavior “from anonymous or biased sources.” The comments came amid a lengthy Post report on NBC’s poor handling of such allegations, which also detailed new accusations of harassment against former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw.



In a stunning departure from MSNBC’s normally steadfast adherence to Democratic Party talking points, on her 9:00 a.m. ET hour show on Thursday, anchor Stephanie Ruhle actually grilled Democratic Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz over his party’s obsession with impeaching President Trump and questioned whether “centrist” “capitalist” voters would really vote for “far left” Democrats in the November midterm elections. 



Following a full report on Thursday touting secret audio tapes of an October 2017 NFL meeting to discuss the League’s handling of national anthem protests, the hosts of ABC’s Good Morning America pleaded for a team to sign the player at the center of the controversy, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.



Appearing on CBS’s Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, aired early Wednesday morning, former Obama administration State Department official turned journalist Ronan Farrow condemned the United States for “becoming a nation that shoots first and asks questions later” when it comes to foreign policy. He also warned that President Trump’s nominee to be the next Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, would be a “willing executioner of the State Department.”



During an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday to promote his new book critical of American foreign policy, journalist Ronan Farrow confessed that “one of the most surprising beats was how hard it was to get some people on the record.” He then specifically singled out former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who attempted to cancel an interview with him because of his reporting on the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal.



In a softball exchange with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday’s Face the Nation, CBS anchor Margaret Brennan fretted that President Trump’s nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State and his appointment of former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton as National Security Advisor would “make military confrontation more likely” between the United States and Iran.



Despite recent months of intense anti-gun activism, on Tuesday, MSNBC anchors Stephanie Ruhle and Ali Velshi were aghast that the National Rifle Association actually broke a fundraising record in the month of March. The pair implored their left-wing viewers to “pay attention” and that they “shouldn’t kid” themselves about the effectiveness of their protests. 



While commemorating the life and legacy of Barbara Bush on her Monday show, MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell rightfully highlighted the former First Lady’s advocacy for AIDS patients. However, she and left-wing Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart then used the topic to falsely slam “the unbelievable and shameful silence of the Reagan administration.”



Appearing on both CNN’s New Day and MSNBC Live With Hallie Jackson on Monday, White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short called out the daily liberal media obsession with speculation over whether or not President Trump would attempt to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller.



In a stunning attempt to shift blame for Sunday’s deadly shooting at a Waffle House in Tennessee away from the mentally unstable criminal who perpetrated the crime, on Monday, an MSNBC panel claimed that gun he used, an AR-15 rifle, was the “real criminal” and that America’s pro-gun culture was also responsible for the killings.



Throughout MSNBC’s Friday coverage of student walk-outs across the country to demand gun control, the liberal cable channel’s anchors and correspondent could barely contain their excitement about the prospect of those anti-gun protesters mobilizing to vote pro-gun rights Republicans out of office in the November midterms.



After news broke Thursday afternoon that the FBI Inspector General was recommending the Justice Department file criminal charges against the Bureau’s fired deputy director, Andrew McCabe, NBC Nightly News completely ignored the major development. On Friday, NBC’s Today show wasn’t much better, only managing nine seconds of coverage to the story, just a single sentence.



On Thursday, TIME magazine released its annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people, spanning across politics, entertainment, music, and sports. Predictably, the reliably liberal publication featured 14 glowing profiles of liberal activists, politicians, entertainers, and athletes, but only managed to find four conservative figures to highlight, one of which was a nasty hit piece.



Appearing on Wednesday’s NBC Today show to promote the Tribecca Film Festival, actor Robert De Niro also happily discussed his cameo on Saturday Night Live portraying Special Counsel Robert Mueller, even hoping for future skits where he could arrest Donald Trump and throw him jail.



NBC anchor Savannah Guthrie was ready to convict Donald Trump of criminal wrongdoing on Wednesday’s Today show, as she interviewed former FBI Director James Comey. However, she worried that the fired law enforcement official’s tell-all book might “mess up” Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s supposedly inevitable “prosecution” of the President.



Appearing on Wednesday’s Today show to reflect on the life of Barbara Bush, NBC Senior Correspondent Tom Brokaw bizarrely noted how much she supposedly “really didn’t like” current Energy Secretary and former Texas Governor Rick Perry, while recalling a private conversation with the former First Lady years earlier.



During an otherwise glowing profile on Tuesday’s NBC Today show of New Zealand’s newly-elected Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, correspondent Cynthia McFadden pressed the pregnant 37-year-old socialist leader on whether she was the “Donald Trump of New Zealand” on the issue of immigration. Ardern angrily denied the charge.



After conducting an exclusive taped interview with former FBI Director James Comey for an ABC News prime-time special Sunday night, on Tuesday, anchor George Stephanopoulos sat down for yet another exchange with Comey live on Good Morning America. However, this time, Stephanopoulos actually pressed the fired law enforcement official on the “petty personal details” about President Trump that he included in his new book. 



Reacting to ABC’s exclusive interview with former FBI Director James Comey, on her Monday morning show, NBC anchor Megyn Kelly blasted the ex-federal law enforcement official for his personal attacks against President Trump and his revelation that he looked at the polls in the final days of the 2016 election to determine whether or not to announce the reopening of the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation.