Ken Shepherd lives in New Carrollton, Md., with his wife, Laura, and children Mercy and Abraham. Ken graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland in 2001 with a Bachelors of Arts in Government & Politics and a citation in Public Leadership. 

Ken has worked full-time for the Media Research Center since May 2001 and prior to that was an MRC New Analysis Division intern from October 1998 to May 2001. 

In his spare time, Ken enjoys karaoke, tennis, reading, and discussing theology or politics.

Latest from Ken Shepherd
October 20, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT

Appearing on the Monday, October 10 All In with Chris Hayes, left-wing Esquire writer Charles Pierce blamed the public's fear of an Ebola outbreak in the United States on, wait for it, George W. Bush.

 

October 20, 2014, 7:07 PM EDT

On her Monday afternoon program, Alex Wagner used B-roll of President Obama casting an early-voting ballot to lead into a segment whereby the MSNBC host and her guests lamented the Supreme Court's decision Saturday to allow Texas's strict voter ID law to remain in effect this election cycle. Wagner noted how a Texas federal judge earlier this month derided the state's photo ID requirement as a "poll tax." Yet the Now host and spouse of White House chef Sam Kass failed to note that the president himself had to produce valid government-issued photo ID in order to cast his ballot.

October 20, 2014, 4:41 PM EDT

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is a telegenic, likable, and media-celebrated candidate. He's also struggling to garner a bare majority in the polls in a race she should be running away with. That said, the liberal media this year have largely failed to cover either Booker's campaign or the federal investigation into shady dealings under Booker's watch when he was Newark mayor. Enter Olivia Nuzzi, who explains for Daily Beast readers, "The Ugly Truth About Cory Booker, New Jersey's Golden Boy."

October 17, 2014, 4:05 PM EDT

MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell gave Republican-turned-independent and former South Dakota Senator Larry Pressler a relatively soft interview on the October 17 edition of her eponymous Andrea Mitchell Reports program. While Mitchell did press him on which party he would caucus with should he win election, the veteran journalist failed to even mention that Pressler, like fellow Midwesterner Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), is the subject of a residency controversy.

October 16, 2014, 5:16 PM EDT

Last Friday, National Public Radio standards editor Mark Memmott handed down an edict all but banning the term "Redskins" from the left-leaning taxpayer-financed network. On Tuesday, NPR's ombudsman gave his hearty approval of the move, waxing about the need for editors and management to not "shirk" their "responsibility" to "[define] morality."

 

October 16, 2014, 1:12 PM EDT

On Monday the Bechtel Corporation announced it was pulling up stakes from Frederick, Md., and moving a "substantial" portion of its Maryland-based jobs across the Potomac to Reston, Virginia. Of course the Washington Post, which on Monday endorsed Maryland Democratic gubernatorial nominee Anthony Brown, refused to carry the story in its print pages. High taxes and a sluggish economy that is failing to compete with neighboring states are among the top issues in the campaign.

October 15, 2014, 8:48 PM EDT

Below the fold on the front page of the October 15 edition of the Washington Post was a rather fascinating story out of Ferguson, Missouri, about how young black voters in the St. Louis suburb are considering casting at least one vote on the ballot this November for a Republican.

October 15, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

The Houston Chronicle reports that the city's liberal Democratic mayor, Annise Parker, has spearheaded efforts by the city to subpoena sermons from local churches whose ministers have been critical of the city's new "equal rights" ordinance. That law requires private businesses to permit transgendered persons to use the bathroom of the gender of their self-identity as opposed to their biological sex.

October 14, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

By and large the national liberal media have ignored gubernatorial races this election cycle, preferring to focus on the battle for control of the U.S. Senate. That is perfectly understandable, of course, but not when a juicy watercooler-worthy story comes along like this one.

October 14, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT

Kentucky Secretary of State and Democratic U.S. Senate nominee is "insulting the intelligence" of Bluegrass State voters when she insists she cannot disclose for whom she voted in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. That was the assessment of MSNBC contributor Howard Fineman, appearing on the October 14 edition of The Cycle in a panel discussion handicapping the 2014 Senate races. 

October 13, 2014, 9:04 PM EDT

The federal response to the arrival of Ebola cases on American soil reminds Chris Matthews of the disastrous, apparently leaderless rollout of the bug-ridden ObamaCare federal website in 2013.

October 13, 2014, 5:53 PM EDT

On page A3 of today's Washington Post, staffer Reid Wilson relayed the story of how "Voter discontent opens up more governor's races" in a reliably Obama-friendly corridor of the continental United States. "GOP offers surprising challenges in Northeast," notes the subheader for the story.

October 13, 2014, 4:26 PM EDT

While many reporters are giddy as schoolgirls over a document released by the Vatican regarding how to appropriately welcome homosexuals in the life of the Catholic Church, Time magazine religion reporter Elizabeth Dias has a good word of rebuke for her colleagues. "Looking for revolution can be misleading. It can mar the actual story of what is and what is not happening," Dias concludes.

October 10, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

While outlets like MSNBC seem keen on exploiting the police shooting death of Vonderrit D. Myers to breathe new life into racial tensions stoked by the Michael Brown shooting, the Washington Post's Wesley Lowery and Kimberly Kindy can be commended for objective, balanced reporting noting "Few parallels between latest shooting, Ferguson" in the October 10 paper.

October 9, 2014, 9:39 PM EDT

Self-proclaimed "victims' rights advocate" and MSNBC contributor Michelle Bernard wasted no time on Thursday's edition of Hardball defending former White House volunteer Jonathan Dach -- now employed at the State Department in the Office on Global Women's Issues -- from charges that he patronized a prostitute while on official business as an Obama advance man in Cartagena, Colombia. 

 

October 9, 2014, 1:08 PM EDT

Former Md. Governor Bob Ehrlich (R) pushed back against Howard Dean and Chris Matthews on Wednesday night's Hardball when the topic of voter ID laws came up and the liberal duo pushed the tired meme that such laws were Republican plots to disenfranchise poor and minority voters who tend to be Democrats. 

Ehrlich pushed back that such laws were common sense to establish a voter's identity and thus protect every voter's vote. The former Republican congressman also noted that MSNBC studios require a valid government-issued photo ID to visit.

October 8, 2014, 8:37 PM EDT

"The new HealthCare.gov is set to open for broad testing by insurers on Tuesday, but they’re not going to be publicly talking—or tweeting—about it," a Wall Street Journal reporter noted in a story filed October 7, citing a "new confidentiality agreement" that includes "any information describing... the performance or functionality" of the federal ObamaCare Web portal. Naturally the broadcast news programs for Wednesday, October 8, failed to cover the development.

October 8, 2014, 4:22 PM EDT

"More than 300 union members and their families from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia gathered at the Environmental Protection Agency's headquarters Tuesday to protest a proposal to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants that they said would kill jobs in Appalachia," the Washington Examiner's Zack Colman reported today. Colman also noted, that "Many of the protesters were reliable Democratic voters who said they were venting frustration not with their party, but rather with an Obama administration that they say is pummeling their communities with too-stringent regulations." 

October 7, 2014, 9:52 PM EDT

Former CIA director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta should have at least waited until after the 2014 midterms to publish his memoirs, seeing as they contain sharp criticisms of President Obama, Hardball host Chris Matthews argued on his October 7 program, lamenting Panetta's lack of "loyalty" to the administration. "Why's he doing this?!" Matthews whined.

October 7, 2014, 6:36 PM EDT

MSNBC.com front-page editors probably didn't consider just how bad this looks to the average person who has any awareness of Slick Willy's proclivities.