"[N]ow that [House Speaker John] Boehner has invited [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu to speak before Congress... the White House is telling its media surrogates to attack," conservative radio host Mark Levin noted on his January 21 radio program. "Forget about Boehner, attack Israel and Netanyahu, they have violated diplomatic protocol!"
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.
A funny little graphics fail from the crew of MSNBC's The Cycle on Wednesday afternoon. In a color-coded electoral map for 2012, Alabama and Texas, among other states, were erroneously shown in Democratic blue rather than Republican red.
The push to repeal ObamaCare is part of a Republican effort to "roll back history," thundered Chris Matthews at various points on Tuesday night during MSNBC coverage. The Hardball host first tried out the line on Republican pundit and former RNC chairman Michael Steele during the evening's edition of Hardball.
Railing against how Republicans want to "make it ethnic" when it comes to criticism of Islamist terrorism, Hardball host Chris Matthews this evening insisted that President Obama was correct to eschew referring to the Charlie Hebdo office massacre by al Qaeda operatives as "Islamic terrorism."
What's more, Matthews made a point of insisting that he refuses to identify in solidarity with the slain cartoonists.
The State of the Union address this year falls one day after the federal Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. So it's quite fitting that Speaker John Boehner have as his honored guest a black human-rights activist.
But alas, said human-rights activist is also a Cuban dissident, a former political prisoner of the Castro regime and a critic of President Obama's push to normalize relations with Cuba without any concomitant political and economic reforms on the island to empower the impoverished, oppressed people there.
Nothing says celebrating nonviolent civil-rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. Day than calling for someone's "head on a platter," either literally or figuratively.
Enter Charles Ellison of the Philadelphia Tribune. In a panel discussion on the January 19 edition of MSNBC's Hardball, the liberal journalist lamented how the Congressional Black Caucus was not demanding the resignation of Steve Scalise (R-La.) and how the Pelican State's lone Democratic congressman had defended Scalise against charges of racism.
Let's face it, watching MSNBC coverage of the State of the Union is not all that exciting. It's going to be a predictable slobbery love-fest for President Obama and lack any serious consideration of conservative critiques of the president's left-wing laundry list.
So maybe that's why network producers whipped up a promo video featuring a montage of MSNBC anchor over top a hard-rocking music bed. As Tara Ariano of Previously.tv quipped, it's as if network suits were trying to evoke NHL hockey playoffs.
MSNBC plays the race card 365 days a year, but on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, you can be sure they'll really ham it up. Witness MSNBC.com writer Jane Timm's pathetic attempt to bash the GOP as racist by bringing up decades-old votes on whether or not to make the civil-rights leader's birthday a federal holiday.
"GOP haunted by anti-MLK Day votes," blares a teaser headline on the msnbc.com home page. "Amid highly publicized racial tension in areas like Ferguson, Missouri and New York City, these nay votes have received renewed scrutiny and attention," adds the caption beneath a black-and-white photo of President Reagan signing into law a bill to make MLK Day a federal holiday.
"OLD SCHOOL POPE" blares the teaser headline at msnbc.com. "Francis finds fault with gay marriage," notes the subheader promoting Michele Richinick's story on the pontiff's remarks made during a visit to the Philippines.
"'Selma' Snubbed" lamented the teaser headline on msnbc.com for Joseph Neese's Academy Awards nomination story. "Director Ava DuVernay doesn't make Oscar cut," complained the subheader. But in fact Selma was not completely "snubbed," garnering two nominations, including the top prize, Best Picture.
Atlanta-area conservative talk show host Michael Graham got in a good dig at CNN via Twitter this morning. Take a look.
Insisting that the best weapon to deploy against terrorists was "thinking," MSNBC host Chris Hayes on his Wednesday All In program lamented various reactions to last week's Charlie Hebdo spree shooting as uncritical, unthinking overreactions. Lumped in with controversial tweets by Rupert Murdoch and Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas), Hayes blasted the lower house of the French National Assembly for voting overwhelmingly to ramp up airstrikes against ISIS, saying that "thinking is always, and remains, our best weapon" against terrorism.
While admitting that it was a shame that President Obama was a no-show for Sunday's unity rally in Paris, MSNBC contributor Howard Fineman offered that actor George Clooney's "Je Suis Charlie" speech at Sunday evening's Golden Globes award show was in some sense just as well as representation of America's solidarity with France.
Earlier this afternoon, Yahoo! News editors slapped an incredibly disrespectful, smarmy headline on to a story from the Agence France Presse detailing what transpired Friday afternoon in the hostage-taking at Hyper Cacher, a kosher grocery in Paris.
"Wannabe hero killed in Paris hostage drama, survivor recalls," read the headline. Perhaps thinking better of the matter, editors later changed the headline to "Survivor recalls Paris hostage drama at Jewish supermarket"
Covering Phi Kappa Psi's reinstatement at UVa., MSNBC.com's Irin Carmon steadfastly refused to describe the Rolling Stone story which dragged the fraternity through the mud as a "discredited" story.
Although Charlottesville police investigated and found no evidence whatsoever to substantiate that a gang rape occurred in the Phi Kappa Psi house back in September 2012, as alleged in Sabrina Rubin Erdeley's story, Carmon describes Erdeley's article as merely "disputed" in points of fact rather than thoroughly "discredited":
During special live coverage Friday afternoon of the hostage standoff situation in Paris related to the deadly January 7 terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices, Fox News anchor Shep Smith took New York Times London bureau chief Steve Erlanger to task for cavalierly suggesting that Fox News was not being "careful" in its reporting on the matter.
Equipped with two liberal journalists and moderate Republican Michael Steele, MSNBC's Chris Matthews set about on his January 8 Hardball program to bash Sen. Lindsey Graham (R), former Amb. John Bolton, and talk-show host Rush Limbaugh for their criticism of President Obama's handling of the war on terrorism in light of the deadly terroristic shooting spree at the Paris headquarters of Charlie Hebdo yesterday.
MSNBC host Joy Reid closed her January 8 program with a commentary that explored the question of whether the news media have consistent, objective criteria for labeling violent and destructive acts as terrorism. Reid's commentary was pegged to the difference in news coverage between the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris and a botched bombing of an NAACP chapter office in Colorado.
Hardball host Chris Matthews is no rightie, but when it comes to Islamist terrorism, he takes a decidedly more conservative posture than others on his network. Witness Matthews's opening tease to Hardball tonight.
"Obama agenda, meet the wrecking ball," the Daily Beast's Patricia Murphy groused as she opened her January 7 piece, "The Republican War on Kale." Murphy took issue with Senate Republicans setting their sights on a wildly unpopular element of the Obama agenda: the federal overhaul of school-lunch programs all over the country.