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
February 13, 2015, 5:18 PM EST

To Yesha Callahan of The Root, actor Vince Vaughn's critique of affirmative action -- which is rooted in his libertarian political leanings -- is not worth engaging on an intellectual level as a debatable philosophical proposition. It's just straight-up invalid because Vaughn is "tall," "rich" and "white."

February 12, 2015, 8:52 PM EST

Buttering up his February 12 guest Boris Johnson, Hardball host Chris Matthews told the London mayor that he's eligible to run for president, given that he was born on U.S. soil. But Matthews apparently forgot the residency stipulation in the Constitution, one criterion that Johnson doesn't meet.

February 12, 2015, 6:51 PM EST

Did Brian Williams repeatedly lie about a meeting with the pope?

February 11, 2015, 8:53 PM EST

Race-obsessed Hardball host Chris Matthews seems to have used the occasion of his February 11 interview with David Axelrod to puff up the former Obama campaign strategist as a gallant white liberal riding to the rescue of black Democratic politicians.

February 11, 2015, 5:18 PM EST

The Smoking Gun website has a great question today that the suits at NBC Universal really should be pressed to answer. Hint, it involves a certain Baptist preacher with his own show on MSNBC who has a penchant for repeatedly violating the Ninth Commandment (among others).

February 11, 2015, 12:03 AM EST

Leaving aside that the jokes just write themselves, this is pretty astounding stuff when you think about it. On tonight's Rachel Maddow show, the host informed viewers that the suits at NBC News were refusing to answer inquiries from Maddow staffers about the network's decision to suspend Nightly News anchor Brian Williams for six months.

February 10, 2015, 9:02 PM EST

Neither MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews nor any of his panelists for the February 10 program could bring themselves to using the L-word to describe President Obama's deceiving the public regarding his true feelings on same-sex marriage. By contrast, MSNBC host Chris Hayes repeatedly referred to Obama's lying in the opening segment of his February 10 All In program.

February 9, 2015, 9:21 PM EST

Taking a breather from bashing "clown car" Republicans, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews devoted a segment this evening to a softball interview with Reggie Love, President Obama's former "body man" -- an aide who esentially shadows the chief executive every waking hour of the day. But Matthews missed an opportunity to ask the former special assistant to the president about the president's handling of intense crisis moments like the May 2011 bin Laden raid, preferring instead to lob softballs like, "How 'bout breakfast in bed? Did he like that?"

February 9, 2015, 4:47 PM EST

In his February 9 story on MSNBC's The Reid Report headlined "Counted Out," network correspondent Zachary Roth offered viewers a misleading look at the plight of an Iowa woman who "had been charged with illegal voting." In point of fact, the woman in question, an ex-felon named Kelli Jo Griffin, was prosecuted for committing perjury by lying about her disqualification on a voter registration form.

February 5, 2015, 8:26 PM EST

On his February 5, 2015 program on WMAL in Washington, D.C., conservative radio host Chris Plante suggested a new theme song for the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Check it out.

February 4, 2015, 7:53 PM EST

On Wednesday, frequent MSNBC guest Jackie Kucinich published a story at the Daily Beast website detailing how some of Hillary Clinton's biggest backers are anti-vaxxer activists. So surely MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews brought Kucinich on his program to note Clinton's ties to nutty vaccine-deniers, right? Nope. To the contrary, Matthews opened his program gushing over Clinton's tweet from Monday evening praising vaccines.

February 4, 2015, 3:54 PM EST

Covering Obama Defense Secretary nominee Ash Carter's Senate confirmation hearing today, MSNBC.com writer Zachary Roth painted a picture of a man who is gliding along smoothly into his post as the new Pentagon chief. But completely omitted from his story was any mention of Carter's rambling non-answer to Sen. John McCain's inquiry as to what Carter understands Obama administration strategy for defeating ISIS to be.

February 3, 2015, 8:24 PM EST

While the liberal media are hard at work spinning recent statements by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) as some sort of indication of anti-vaxxer hysteria on the right side of the country's political spectrum, the Daily Beast, of all websites, is reminding folks that it is Hollywood liberals who have fanned the flames of paranoia on the matter.

February 3, 2015, 5:11 PM EST

"Voting Under Attack" blares the teaser headline for a new Zachary Roth piece at MSNBC.com looking at efforts in five states to pass new voter ID laws. 

February 2, 2015, 9:22 PM EST

MSNBC host Chris Matthews took Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) to task on his February 2 Hardball program for statements which he argued gave succor to so-called anti-vaxxers, parents who refuse to vaccinate their children out of unfounded or overblown safety concerns, often related to the development of autism. Matthews suggested both politicians were cynically angling for anti-vaxxer votes in the 2016 primaries at the cost of public health. But left out of his segment was any acknowledgement that in 2008, then-Sen. Barack Obama stated at a campaign event that the science on a vaccine link to autism was inconclusive.

February 2, 2015, 6:29 PM EST

Attempting to show former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) as a religious illiterate who doesn't understand Judaism, MSNBC host Alex Wagner this afternoon seems to have betrayed her lack of understanding about kosher dietary restrictions and what makes a kosher deli a kosher deli.

February 2, 2015, 4:52 PM EST

Muslim comedian and Daily Beast columnist Dean Obeidallah yesterday attacked former Governor Mike Huckabee as a "Christian Wahhabist" for the Arkansas Republican's views on same-sex marriage. Obeidallah took aim at what he insists are misconceptions the former Baptist preacher has about Islamic theology, springboarding from that criticism to suggesting Huckabee is a Christian theocrat-in-waiting.

January 30, 2015, 1:42 PM EST

Despite all the best efforts of the fearmongering liberal media, most Americans and indeed most American parents, are perfectly fine with kids playing youth-league or high-school football, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. What's more, the so-called millennial demographic (18-34 year-olds) is among the demographic cohorts least concerned with kids playing the sport.

January 29, 2015, 8:43 PM EST

For a guy who is forever hearing "dog whistles" and racially-tinged "code words" in conservative political rhetoric, Hardball host Chris Matthews seems blissfully unaware of the arguably anti-Semitic prattle he spewed tonight in his criticism of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address the U.S. Congress on March 3.

 

January 29, 2015, 5:57 PM EST

Hardball host Chris Matthews used a panel discussion about President Obama's attorney-general nominee Loretta Lynch on his Wednesday program as a convenient opportunity to slander conservative Republicans as seeking to repress the vote of Democratic constituencies in major cities.