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.
Both ABC's World News Tonight and NBC's Nightly News on Thursday evening devoted full stories to Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner's acceptance speech at last night ESPY Awards. Although Jenner's receiving the award was controversial even among liberal supporters of transgender rights -- critics charged there were far more deserving potential recipients -- neither ABC's Elizabeth Vargas nor NBC's Hallie Jackson explored that angle.
If you can't counter the message, character-assassinate the messenger. That, apparently, is Daily Beast writer Samantha Allen's tack regarding the sting video wherein a Planned Parenthood official discusses selling aborted-baby body parts above break-even rates to medical researchers.
In a surprising moment of candor during a paneli discussion about the new Planned Parenthood sting video by the Center for Medical Progress, MSNBC guest Cristina Beltran protested that what's "really horrific" is not selling the body parts of aborted babies for medical research but "women being forced to bear children against their will." For Beltran, donating aborted baby part is no different than an organ donor giving his or her eyes or other organs away after he or she dies.
Seeking to hook his readers early in his piece, "The Magic of New York Hotel Bars," Newsweek senior writer Alexander Nazaryan opened his July 15 feature by noting the genesis of the John Edwards-Rielle Hunter affair was in one such bar.
We've long known that the Associated Press is loath to refer to unborn children as unborn children, preferring the clinical term "fetus." But in covering a shocking new story about how Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissue from aborted babies for profit, the AP bent over backwards to use clinical euphemisms to soften the blow of the ghoulish practice.
"Far from becoming more open, the Catholic Church is doubling down on its homophobia," groused the liberal website Daily Beast.
Politico media correspondent Dylan Byers is reporting that the publisher of Ted Cruz's new book inquired of the New York Times why, exactly, his popular new book A Time for Truth was not included on the bestseller list.
Women in the Badger State "are set to pay the price for [Gov. Scott] Walker's [presidential] campaign," Daily Beast writer Samantha Allen concluded her screed of an article "Wisconsin’s Cruel 20-Week Abortion Ban."
From distorting his voting record to calling the junior senator from Texas a latter-day McCarthy, MSNBC host Chris Matthews has made pretty clear his visceral disdain for Tea Party conservative and Republican presidential aspirant Ted Cruz. Tonight, however, Cruz entered into the lion's den itself, sitting down with Matthews for an interview on Hardball.
MSNBC host Chris Matthews used a portion of his July 7 Hardball interview with Rudy Giuliani to get the moderate Republican to express his wish that his party soften both its tone and policy positions on immigration, social issues, and the environment.
Baptist-affiliated Baylor University has elected to change language in its student sexual conduct policy such that it removes a ban on "homosexual acts" while maintaining that "the biblical understanding that human sexuality is a gift from God." and that sexual affections are to "be expressed in the context of marital fidelity."
This move seems to meet at least the begrudging approval of of the liberal-leaning Houston Chronicle's Benjamin Wermund, who laments that in the past Baylor "has at times been slow to change with the world around it, fearing the wrath of fundamentalists."
Back in the 2012 Republican presidential primary race, Chris Matthews slammed former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) as a "theocrat" and a "Cro-Magnon" man. On tonight's Hardball program, however, the MSNBC host was actually cordial and low-key. In fact, at no point did he rudely interrupt Santorum mid-sentence or badger his guest by trying to talk him into a corner with a gotcha question.
That said, as you can see from the agenda of questions transcribed below, Matthews by no means abandoned his liberal conventional wisdom nor his left-wing bias. What's more, for his part, Santorum gently but firmly pushed back against some of Matthew's talking points about immigration and the liberal media's fascination with the Confederate flag issue
Last night I noted how Chris Matthews took as literal a hyperbolic statement that Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) made regarding the Supreme Court. Tonight, the Hardball host repeated the attack on Jindal, sneering that it put him in the "clown car."
If you're a Republican presidential candidate, getting an on-air thumbs-up on MSNBC from both a public-radio personality and a pro-abortion-rights activist is not exactly something to brag about to prospective donors or primary voters. But, alas, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-.S.C.) found himself on the receiving end of praise from EMILY's List communications director Jess McIntosh.
Does Chris Matthews not get hyperbole? Back behind the desk at Hardball tonight after a few days off, the MSNBC host didn't seem to get that presidential candidate Bobby Jindal was being rhetorically hyperbolic when he quipped that given how political the Supreme Court has become, he kind of wouldn't mind abolishing the high court.
The Supreme Court's opinion authored by Chief Justice John Roberts in the King v. Burwell case was classic conservative judicial philosophy, argues the Daily Beast's Jay Michaelson.
"Fox News has officially dropped 'The Five' co-host Bob Beckel from the network, saying the show could no longer be held 'hostage' to his personal issues," Dylan Byers of Politico reported earlier this afternoon, citing initial coverage by Mediaite.
Chris Matthews may have gotten thrills up his leg from President Obama, but he could well rival Marilyn Monroe as the bubbliest blond to be taken with the Kennedy boys. Yes, the Hardball host is working on yet ANOTHER book about the Kennedy clan, this one tentatively titled "Bob" and focusing on Robert F. Kennedy.
It was just a fleeting remark, but quite a telling one. Closing out a segment on his June 23 Hardball program, MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews made reference to Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof in a way which diminished the racist terrorist's responsibility for his actions.