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
September 28, 2009, 3:56 PM EDT

There's a side of America that scares Frenchmen, French Culture Minister Frédéric Mitterrand was quoted by Time magazine Paris-based writer Bruce Crumley, and it's the side of American determination that doesn't let a 32-year-old rape case die, even if the perpetrator is an elderly survivor of the Holocaust.

Seeking to explain the "cultural divide" that's as "wide as the Atlantic" between America and Europe, Crumley noted that Europeans are "shocked and dismayed that an internationally acclaimed artist" such as Roman Polanski "could be jailed for such an old offense."

Of course, at no point did Crumley cite any public opinion polls with empirical data to back up his argument about the U.S.-European cultural divide on pursuing fugitives who jump bail after drugging and anally raping 13-year-old girls.

No, instead, Crumley turned to an American author (and journalist) living in France to bolster his argument about European sentiment on Polanski:

September 28, 2009, 12:24 PM EDT

<p><img src="" vspace="3" width="80" align="right" border="0" height="88" hspace="3" />Washington Post columnist and blogger <a href=" target="_blank">Anne Applebaum</a> not only penned a September 27 blog post lamenting the recent arrest by Swiss authorities of child rapist and fugitive from American justice, Roman Polanski, she failed to let readers in on her conflict of interest. </p><p>Applebaum is married to Poland's foreign minister, who is lobbying for Polanski's release on bail.</p><p>Our good friend <a href=" target="_blank">Patterico</a> -- who works for the D.A.'s office that put out the arrest warrant -- has details at his blog (h/t <a href=" target="_blank">La Shawn Barber</a>):</p><blockquote>

September 25, 2009, 6:41 PM EDT

<p>Media sycophancy for the Clintons is so 1990s, but every now and then the MSM muster up a bit of nostalgia and pour lavish praise on the former first couple. Take CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Jill Dougherty at the close of the 5 p.m. EDT hour of today's &quot;The Situation Room.&quot; </p><p>&quot;Often times, a kiss is just a kiss, but when you're a former president planting one on your wife, the secretary of state, it can garner a lot of attention,&quot; CNN's Wolf Blitzer gushed as he introduced a story by colleague Jill Dougherty in which the latter enthused that after a &quot;brief public display of affection&quot; before an audience at the Clinton Global Initiative, the Democratic power couple were &quot;off, separately, to change the world.&quot;</p><p>You can see the video embedded below the page break, or listen <a href=" target="_blank">to the audio here</a>:</p>

September 25, 2009, 12:12 PM EDT

<p><a href=" target="_blank">&quot;Patron asks gym in left-leaning Columbia to tune out Fox News&quot;</a> read the teaser headline on the's front page this morning.</p><p>So wait, it's news when a liberal in a left-leaning city in a deeply blue-state Maryland gripes about Fox News being featured on the TV at her gym? Apparently to the Sun, it is.</p><p>Sun staff writer Larry Carson explained that this isn't your run-of-the-mill Democrat, however (emphasis mine):</p><blockquote>

September 24, 2009, 3:01 PM EDT

<p>Wondering if she's peering into the &quot;<a href="" target="_blank">Heart of Darkness</a>,&quot; Newsweek's Dahlia Lithwick takes a look at the new Supreme Court term opening in October and laments how the general public generally approves of the Court's job. </p><p>Don't be fooled, average Joe American, Lithwick pleads in her October 5 printe edition column (published on the Web site on September 24), for the Roberts court is a right-wing ally of big business and enemy of the Earth (emphasis mine):</p><blockquote>

September 23, 2009, 4:24 PM EDT

<p>Damned if you do, damned if you don't. That's how American business could describe media coverage of their efforts, or alleged lack thereof, to &quot;go green.&quot;</p><p>Witness Newsweek's Weston Kosova gripe about businesses that couch cost-curbing measures as &quot;green&quot; or Earth-friendly. </p><p>In his <a href="" target="_blank">September 21 &quot;Web exclusive,&quot;</a> Kosova slams the hotel industry for dishonesty for encouraging some conservationist behavior that environmentalists have long urged. It seems Kosova is seeing red over the profit-friendly aspects of supposed corporate eco-consciousness (emphasis mine):</p>

September 23, 2009, 2:57 PM EDT

Exulting in the "awesome train wreck" that was former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's (Texas) first appearance on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," (DWTS) Newsweek's Holly Bailey spewed vials of venom in her September 22 post at the magazine's The Gaggle blog.

Her invective seems more befitting the pen keyboard of a leftist blogger than an ostensibly balanced journalist:

September 23, 2009, 11:50 AM EDT

<p>&quot;She is fearless. There's an intelligence there as well as the humor,&quot; insists Barbara Walters about none other than, wait for it, &quot;The View&quot; co-host Joy Behar. </p><p>Washington Post's Howard Kurtz relayed that gem in his Style section front-pager, <a href=" target="_blank">&quot;Oh, Joy! Gift of Gab Gives Host New Gig,&quot; </a>about Behar's new primetime gig on HLN (formerly known as CNN Headline News).</p><p>Yes, this is the same <a href="/people/television/joy-behar" target="_blank">Joy Behar</a> who:</p>

September 22, 2009, 4:12 PM EDT

<p>The Washington Post today published on page A2 a correction to a September 18 article on James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles, the duo behind &quot;<a href=" target="_blank">The $1,300 Mission to Fell ACORN</a>&quot; (h/t NewsBusters tipster Sean O'Brien):</p><blockquote><p>A Sept. 18 Page One article about the community organizing group ACORN incorrectly said that a conservative journalist targeted the organization for hidden-camera videos partly becase its voter-registration drives bring Latinos and African Americans to the polls. Although ACORN registers people mostly from those groups, the maker of the videos, James E. O'Keefe, did not specifically mention them.</p></blockquote><p>In other words: sorry we tagged you as a racist by putting words in your mouth.</p><p>Of course, the original Post article didn't say race was &quot;partly&quot; the impetus for O'Keefe's hidden-camera piece, it suggested it was the only reason and that other conservatives despise ACORN for racially-motivated reasons. Here's the original offending passage in the article: </p><blockquote>

September 22, 2009, 11:31 AM EDT

<div style="float: right"><embed src="" flashvars="linkUrl=;releaseURL=http://cn... allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="" width="212" height="162"></embed><br /><a href=""></a></div>&quot;It's the most explosive moment for the soda industry since the Diet Coke and Mentos experiment,&quot; CBS's Katie Couric quipped of a proposed federal soda tax in her <a href=" target="_blank">September 18 Notebook video </a>on (embedded at right).<p>While careful not to explicitly endorse a proposed one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks, Couric hinted that taxing sodas could help curb obesity, because, after all, &quot;some lawmakers say taxes on cigarettes have reduced smoking and raised revenues.&quot; </p><p>Pledging to help soda-drinking Americans lose weight while simultaneously thinning their wallets -- and fattening Uncle Sam's coffers -- certainly appeals to the self-appointed food police and tax-hiking liberals, but it's likely to cause average Americans to gripe about having to pay taxes for the harmless guilty pleasure of cracking open an ice-cold soda pop.</p><p>Yet Couric sees only a downside to that dastardly profitable soft drink industry, not average Americans tired of government intrusion into their personal choices:</p>

September 21, 2009, 3:00 PM EDT

<p>Earlier today I blogged about how a Baltimore Sun environment blog is<a href="/blogs/ken-shepherd/2009/09/21/confess-your-biggest-eco-sin-baltimore-sun-win-green-prize" target="_blank"> urging readers to confess their most mortal &quot;eco sin.&quot; </a></p><p>Not to be outdone in the pious-sounding eco-rhetoric, the San Francisco Chronicle's <a href=";entry_id=... target="_blank">Thin Green Line blog </a>today warns tech geeks and video game aficionados against the original sin of technological advance:</p><blockquote><p>Technology, at times, offers a magic key into the environmental garden of Eden, where humans can use energy and feel good about it. But, at times, it can be the serpent tempting us to eat the apple that will mean our eviction.</p></blockquote><p>Blogger Cameron Scott goes on to explain that the wages of tech are carbon, tons and tons of carbon:</p><blockquote>

September 21, 2009, 12:20 PM EDT

<p>Who said the secular liberal media don't have religion? Just ask the Baltimore Sun, which is offering eco-absolution of a sort for readers who confess their greatest &quot;eco sin&quot; to the editors of their environmentalist blog.</p><p>What follows is Kim Walker's September 18 entry, &quot;What's your biggest eco sin?&quot; at the Sun's <a href=" target="_blank">B'More Green blog</a>:</p><blockquote><p>I wrote earlier today about being <a href=" hesitant about switching </a>to a low flow showerhead. Water (over)usage is my biggest eco sin. And every time I soak in a hot bath after a long day at work, I swear it'll be my last. </p>

September 16, 2009, 1:37 PM EDT

<p>The first major electoral contest following any presidential election is the Virginia governor's race, and no less so this year given Barack Obama having been the first Democratic presidential candidate to win the state since 1964. But this year, the Obama magic may have worn off in the Old Dominion, with Republican Bob McDonnell showing a consistent lead over Democratic opponent Creigh Deeds and on target to end eight years of Democratic governors. </p><p>As <a target="_blank" href="/blogs/scott-whitlock/2009/09/03/wapo-continues-relentless-attack-mcdonnell-nine-stories-five-days">we've documented</a>, the Washington Post has done its best to drag down McDonnell's numbers and boost Deeds, namely by trumpeting a decades-old graduate thesis and hyping it as a potential game-changer in the race.</p><p>But today, when it came to a big snag in his campaign, the Post <a target="_blank" href=" but buried</a> an article that cast the Deeds campaign in a decidedly unfavorable light. </p><p>The bottom line: either Deeds lied to a police union or his campaign is incredibly inept. Or both. </p><p>It seems the Deeds gubernatorial campaign told two different law enforcement interest groups two conflicting positions on collective bargaining. Yet in reporting the story, the Post placed Rosalind S. Helderman's article on <a target="_blank" href=" 4 of the Metro section</a> rather than page A1 or even the front page, page B1, of the Metro section.</p>

September 16, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

<p>&quot;All socialism does is spread misery equally,&quot; Rush Limbaugh has oft asserted. Newsweek's T.R. Reid found a Canadian health care enthusiast who would proudly agree. </p><p>In a September 21 print edition piece entitled <a href="" target="_blank">&quot;No Country for Sick Men,&quot;</a> -- subtitled &quot;To judge the content of a nation's character, look no further than its health-care system&quot; --  Reid turned to Marcus Davies of the Saskatchewan Medical Society, who insisted he was perfectly happy with the Canadian health care system's long waiting lines. </p><p>After all, it's Canada's way of rationing care and he and his fellow countrymen are happy with it, so long as the misery is spread equally across income levels:</p><blockquote>

September 15, 2009, 1:57 PM EDT

A bipartisan consensus of senators in Washington is newsworthy in these fiercely partisan times, but when the matter of agreement is something that leaves egg on the faces of the left-wing community organizers, eh, not so much. 

Yesterday, in an 83-7 vote -- 50 Democrats and 33 Republicans for; 6 Democrats and 1 independent against -- the Senate passed an amendment to an appropriations bill that would bar the use of federal funds to the scandal-ridden Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). [related item on media ignoring the ACORN story by my colleague Dan Gainor here]

This morning, neither ABC's "Good Morning America" nor CBS's "Early Show" nor NBC's "Today" reported on the vote and the underlying controversy surrounding the liberal community organizing group.

September 15, 2009, 11:38 AM EDT

<p>Two days after her magazine published Evan Thomas's <a href="" target="_blank">&quot;Case for Killing Granny&quot;</a> -- see related <a href="/blogs/ken-shepherd/2009/09/14/newsweeks-evan-thomas-case-killing-granny" target="_blank">NewsBusters post here</a> -- Newsweek staffer Jesse Ellison lamented that her &quot;grandmother lived a full life and sought a quiet death&quot; but &quot;America's health-care system had a different idea of what was best.&quot; </p><p>In a September 14 Newsweek Web exclusive, Ellison laid out <a href="" target="_blank">a story of zealous coverage</a> aimed at prolonging her late grandmother's life, complaining that her grandmother's wish to die peacefully was disregarded as she was &quot;treated like a problem to be solved, not as an elderly woman who had had enough.&quot;</p><p>Although Ellis's grandmother &quot;had great insurance&quot; plus &quot;enough savings to pay for anything that Medicare and her insurance company would not,&quot; the writer found cause for complaint in the health care system having a bias to save and extend life, as well as the high costs that that approach incurred:</p><blockquote>

September 14, 2009, 5:18 PM EDT

<div style="float: right"><object width="240" height="194"><param name="movie" value=";c1=0x0C49DF&... name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src=";c1=0x0C49DF&... allowfullscreen="true" width="240" height="194"></embed></object></div>Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) appeared on MSNBC around 3:40 p.m. EDT today to defend Rep. Joe Wilson's (R-S.C.) claim that President Obama was lying about Democratic health care reforms not ensuring &quot;public option&quot; coverage of illegal immigrants. [MP3 <a href=" target="_blank">audio available here</a>]<p>King explained at length about Democrats voted down Republican amendments to put in place an enforcement mechanism to check the legal status of public option applicants.</p><p>Of course at the end of his interview, Shuster was unmoved, sticking to his guns that Joe Wilson &quot;was lying&quot; and insisting that Republicans were more interested in making political hay out of the illegal immigration question than safeguarding taxpayers from subsidizing illegal immigration:</p><blockquote>

September 14, 2009, 1:33 PM EDT

<p><img src=" vspace="3" width="400" align="right" border="0" height="234" hspace="3" /></p><p>A prudent gerontologist may opt to remove the September 21 edition of Newsweek from his waiting room.</p><p> today has a cheeky frontpage headline in <a href="" target="_blank">&quot;The Case for Killing Granny,&quot;</a> with a subheader promising an explanation as to &quot;Why curbing excessive end-of-life care is good for America.&quot;</p><p>For good measure the magazine also promises readers to explain <a href="" target="_blank">&quot;Why We Should Insure Illegals&quot;</a> and how <a href="" target="_blank">&quot;Health Reform Could Combat Crime&quot;</a> in related articles linked on the front page. More illegal immigration, fewer criminals and old people. What a deal! </p><p>The &quot;Killing Granny&quot; link takes readers to a September 21 print edition article by Evan Thomas which is more measured in tone than the sensational headline suggests, but one that nonetheless laments how Medicare, presently structured, has a built-in bias towards heavy per-patient spending with too little government bureaucrat oversight (emphasis mine):</p><blockquote>

September 11, 2009, 5:59 PM EDT

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September 11, 2009, 11:36 AM EDT
Noting how the Palmetto State "has a history of rowdy politics" and that Rep. Joe Wilson (R) has made himself  "the latest in a legendary line of South Carolina politicians who appeared to revel in renegade behavior,"  the Washington Post's Philip Rucker and Ann Gerhart turned to South Carolina Democratic operatives Don and Carol Fowler to smear Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) in their September 11 front-pager entitled "The Gentlemen From South Carolina."

Rucker and Gerhart turned to the husband-wife couple -- he was a Clinton era DNC chairman and she is the current South Carolina state Democratic chairwoman -- to practically tag-team in slamming Wilson. Rucker and Gerhart also acknowledged some Palmetto Democrats' brushes with political infamy before cuing up Don Fowler to quip that he thinks "it is something in the water."

Yet nowhere in their story did Rucker and Gerhart note Don Fowler's gaffe from August 2008, when, on a flight from the Democratic Convention, he made an inappropriate joke involving hurricane victims in New Orleans (video embedded above at right):