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.

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August 25, 2009, 1:53 PM EDT

<p>Gabriel Malor at Ace of Spades HQ has <a href="http://ace.mu.nu/archives/291326.php" target="_blank">a great &quot;name that party&quot; catch today</a>. Malor noted that at least three major news outlets all failed to note the high-powered Democratic Party ties of one Hassan Nemazee, a businessman arrested this morning on a charge of bank fraud against Citigroup:</p><blockquote><p>Do you know what's not in <a href="http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/djf500/200908251258DOWJONES... CNN article</a>?* Or <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/ousiv/idUSTRE57O4K020090825">this Reuters one</a>? Or <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iC3CYATP4ke7JDlA0Hkb9n... AP one</a>?</p><p>A crucial detail from <a href="http://www.iranianamericanpac.org/leadership/p_nemazee.shtml">Nemazee's bio:</a></p><blockquote>

August 24, 2009, 4:52 PM EDT

<p>As the national debate roils on about the proposed public option for health care and as newspapers face declining fortunes, one might think major newspaper editors would jump at the chance to front-page a story of government-run health care negligence.</p><p>Yet today's Washington Post buried such a story -- <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/23/AR200908... target="_blank">&quot;Negligence Suits Likely Over VA Procedures: 3 Hospitals Used Dirty Equipment&quot;</a> -- on page 13 of its 16-page A-section, although the blunder in question has put some 11,000 military veterans at needless risk of infection and an official investigation of the blunder concluded there were &quot;fundamental defects&quot; in veterans' medical care:</p><blockquote><p> Army veteran Juan Rivera reported to the veterans hospital in Miami for a routine colonoscopy in May 2008. Almost a year later, the 55-year-old father of two learned that the Department of Veterans Affairs had not properly sterilized the equipment used for the procedure. </p>

August 20, 2009, 5:27 PM EDT

<p>Five years after he successfully lobbied state legislators to change his state's law governing the filling of Senate vacancies, Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy (D) now wants the law changed again.</p> <p>Kennedy successfully encouraged Democratic state legislators in 2004 to push through a change in the law in order to thwart the possibility of then-Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) appointing a Republican successor to Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) should the latter win the presidential election. </p> <p>But rather than reporting Sen. Kennedy’s flip-flop as more partisan gamesmanship, the Times’s Abby Goodnough buried Kennedy’s role in the 2004 legislative drama in paragraph nine of her 17-paragraph <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/21/us/politics/21kennedy.html?hpw" target="_self">August 20 story</a>:</p>

August 20, 2009, 3:04 PM EDT

<p>On Tuesday, an Oklahoma state judge struck down &quot;one of the most sweeping anti-abortion laws in the country&quot; and in response yesterday, Republican state legislators vowed to &quot;pass the law again in a different form,&quot; New York Times reporter <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/20/us/20abort.html" target="_self">James C. McKinley Jr.</a> noted in the August 20 paper.</p> <p>&quot;It almost reaches the stage of seeming cruel to me,&quot; McKinley quoted Planned Parenthood official Anita Fream regarding one of the law’s provisions.</p> <p>But for an &quot;anti-abortion law,&quot; the statute in question doesn’t actually ban any abortion procedure. It does, however, issue new regulations on abortion providers meant to increase the chances that more women seeking abortions may change their minds at the last minute:</p> <blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right: 0px">

August 19, 2009, 5:16 PM EDT

<p>Reviewing a new NBC poll shortly after 3 p.m. EDT today, MSNBC's David Shuster today dismissed as &quot;false&quot; the fears of 50 percent of respondents that &quot;tax dollars will help pay for abortions.&quot; </p><p>But Shuster's flat denial belies the fact that there is reasonable debate over what exactly Democratic health care proposals before Congress would mean when it comes to financing abortion via the so-called public option.</p><p>As U.S. News &amp; World Report <a href="http://www.usnews.com/blogs/god-and-country/2009/08/04/does-house-health... target="_blank">religion reporter Dan Gilgoff</a> noted on August 4 (emphasis mine):</p><blockquote><p>The question revolves largely around an amendment to the House healthcare bill that was adopted by the Energy and Commerce Committee last Thursday. The amendment prohibits federal funds from explicitly subsidizing abortion in the private healthcare plans to be offered through the health insurancehere). <b>But it doesn't prevent &quot;the public health insurance exchange (read it <a href="http://energycommerce.house.gov/Press_111/20090730/hr3200_capps_1.pdf" target="_new">here</a>) option from providing for or prohibiting coverage&quot; of abortion.</b></p>

August 19, 2009, 3:06 PM EDT

Hyping how "Whole Foods devotees"  are "lash[ing] out" at CEO John Mackey, Washington Post's Ylan Q. Mui paid particular attention to one "Mark Rosenthal, a playwright living in Massachusetts who founded the Boycott Whole Foods group a few days ago." At time of publication, Rosenthal's group had "nearly 14,000 members." Mackey, you may recall, penned a Wall Street Journal op-ed laying out his market-based ideas for health care reform.

Since then the group has jumped to 16,000+ members, or just 1/7th of the 113,444 "fans" of Whole Foods on Facebook. The grocery chain also has 1.2 million followers on Twitter compared to 247 followers of a Twitter page devoted to the Whole Foods boycott.

Even so, Mui failed to provide readers of her 19-paragraph story with a single shopper who agreed with Mackey or one who didn't but thought a boycott ludicrous, something that could easily be done by chatting with a shopper at one of the numerous stores the chain has in the Washington, D.C. area. Indeed, in an August 17 story, Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate WJLA found some Whole Foods shoppers who shrugged off the leftist boycott:

August 19, 2009, 1:22 PM EDT

<p>Not one to disappoint her fans at NewsBusters, PBS &quot;To the Contrary&quot; host and U.S. News &amp; World Report contributing editor Bonnie Erbe again shot from the hip with factually-challenged anti-gun rights bluster in an <a href="http://www.usnews.com/blogs/erbe/2009/08/18/letting-gun-nuts-pack-weapon... target="_blank">August 18 blog post</a>.</p><blockquote><p>Watching CNN between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, I was treated to the sight of a young man with an automatic weapon strapped to his back across the street from a presidential rally in Arizona. This is not the first time armed persons have appeared outside a building where the president is making an appearance. </p></blockquote><p>Of course the man she is referring to, who identified himself  <a href="http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/PHXBeat/60504" target="_blank">to the media</a> only by his first name &quot;Chris,&quot; was carrying a <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/08/18/obama.protest.rifle/" target="_blank">semi-automatic AR-15</a>, not an automatic weapon. Yet in the next paragraph, perhaps thinking automatic and semi-automatic are as interchangeable as the terms flammable and inflammable, Erbe described the AR-15 as a &quot;semiautomatic mass killing machine&quot;:</p><blockquote>

August 18, 2009, 3:11 PM EDT

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August 14, 2009, 4:21 PM EDT

<p><img src="http://media.eyeblast.org/newsbusters/static/2009/08/2009-08-14-ABC-Whol... vspace="3" width="301" align="right" border="0" height="171" hspace="3" />Whole Foods CEO John Mackey's recent Wall Street Journal op-ed may well have been &quot;in bad taste&quot;, <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Business/Story?id=8322658&amp;page=1" target="_blank">ABCNews.com</a> would have its readers believe (see screen cap at right). </p><p>Emily Friedman devoted an August 14 story mainly to liberal Whole Foods patrons huffing and puffing in disgust about Mackey's op-ed:</p><blockquote><p>Joshua has been taking the bus to his local Whole Foods in New York City every five days for the past two years. This week, he said he'll go elsewhere to fulfill his fresh vegetable and organic produce needs.  </p><p> &quot;I will never shop there again,&quot; vowed Joshua, a 45-year-old blogger, who asked that his last name not be published. </p>

August 13, 2009, 5:59 PM EDT

<p><img src="http://media.eyeblast.org/newsbusters/static/2009/08/pastorwithcastro.jpg" vspace="3" width="240" align="right" border="0" height="180" hspace="3" />&quot;As Castro Turns 83, Cuba Caught Between Past, Future,&quot; announces an August 13 headline for the <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/08/13/world/worldwatch/entry5239939.sh... target="_blank">CBSNews.com World Watch blog</a>. </p><p>The 10-paragraph entry by Havana-based news producer Portia Siegelbaum amounted to an electronic birthday card for the Communist dictator.</p><p> No Castro critics, domestic or foreign, were cited in the story, although Siegelbaum made sure to note how a &quot;U.S.-based religious group, Pastors for Peace&quot; got to hang out on Wednesday with the aging despot.</p><p>Yet Siegelbaum failed to note the leftist political bent of <a href="http://www.ifconews.org/node/235" target="_blank">Pastors for Peace</a>, describing it merely as &quot;an anti-embargo organization.&quot; The Web site for Pastors for Peace, a project of the Interreligious Foundation for -- <i>wait for it</i> -- Community Organization (IFCO), insists that its purpose is:</p><blockquote>

August 12, 2009, 4:52 PM EDT

"Each Kennedy contributes 'a ripple of hope' to the legacy... some large, some small, many skirting troubled waters, but all contributing to a current that tries to beat endlessly at oppression and prejudice."

The prose of a Washington Post feature writer or a Kennedy hagiographer? Yes.

With Sen. Ted Kennedy's ongoing struggle with brain cancer sidelining him from the Senate and Eunice Kennedy Shriver's recent death, "The Faces of a 'Royal' Generation Fade Into History," the Washington Post announced in a front page headline for the August 12 edition. What followed was a 42-paragraph front-pager that amounts to gushy Kennedy hagiography, in part because it was penned by a Kennedy hagiographer.

While the Kennedy family had successfully "market[ed] themselves as a middle-class fantasy of American royalty" in order to rise to political prominence, it was ultimately for the greater common good, as Vince Bzdek explained towards the close of his story:

August 12, 2009, 1:22 PM EDT

<p><img src="/static/2008/02/2008-02-12MSNBCKlein.jpg" vspace="3" width="240" align="right" border="0" height="180" hspace="3" />&quot;The cruelty inherent in scaring the elderly to score political points is beyond reprehensible.... [T]he sort of scurrilous campaign they are conducting--the seditious fear-mongering that is the main staple of their public diet--is a matter of profound disrespect and incivility toward the individuals whose rights they claim to cherish.&quot;</p><p>So huffed Time magazine's Joe Klein, in an August 12 <a href="http://swampland.blogs.time.com/2009/08/12/death-panels/#more-15238" target="_blank">Swampland blog post</a> seething at rumors of &quot;death panels&quot; being provided for in health care reform legislation before Congress. Klein expressed disgust at Republicans who would seek political advantage by scaring the elderly with inaccurate and misleading rhetoric. </p><p>But one might wonder where Klein's moral indignation was during the 1990s, when the liberal media, including Time magazine, were complicit in bolstering the Democratic meme about drastic Republican &quot;cuts&quot; to Medicare. </p><p>As <a href="http://mrc.org/mediawatch/1996/watch19960701.asp" target="_blank">MRC archives show</a>, the liberal media was complicit with liberal Democrats in the 1990s in scaring seniors into fearing non-existent &quot;cuts&quot; to Medicare. From the July 1996 MediaWatch (emphasis mine):</p><blockquote>

August 11, 2009, 2:33 PM EDT

<p>While liberal Democrats pressed on the issue insist proposals before Congress for health care reform will not cover illegal immigrants, today's Chicago Tribune lamented that &quot;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-immigrant-health-transplant... target="_blank">Illegal immigrants face life-and-death decisions without health insurance</a>.&quot;</p><p>Tribune reporter Antonio Olivo served up a 36-paragraph story focused particularly on the plight of illegal immigrants in need of organ transplants. But it seems Olivo buried his lede given the excerpt below from paragraphs 25-28, wherein the immigrants he interviewed scoffed at the idea of going back for government-run health care in their home countries (emphasis mine):</p><blockquote>In Chicago, about a dozen patients in need of organ transplants lean on one another through an informal support group. They sat recently inside one patient's <span class="taxInlineTagLink">Pilsen</span> home, comparing kidney dialysis regimens and worries over mounting hospital bills. Within the group, sharing medicine is common. In cases where pills are running out, so is rationing one pill a day instead of three.<br /><br /> <b>Asked about returning to Mexico or other homelands to receive more comprehensive care, the group broke into laughter.</b><br />

August 10, 2009, 6:08 PM EDT

Neil Steinberg file photo from Chicago Sun-TimesThe liberal media meme on conservative protesters at health care town halls is that they are full of vitriol, but lacking in substance. So how does Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg take on critics of ObamaCare?

You guessed it.

"At any given moment, 40 percent of Americans are dead wrong," Steinberg insisted in the lead sentence of his August 10 column, "Scary how a lot of bitter McCain backers oppose Obama at every turn."

But not only are opponents of ObamaCare "dead wrong," argues Steinberg, they're an un-American, if not outright traitorous "fifth column" dedicated to stopping President Obama's agenda at any cost (emphasis mine):

August 10, 2009, 12:17 PM EDT

<p>The late Dr. Yury Verlinsky, a scientist &quot;who developed a technology that allows a search-and-destroy mission on human embryos&quot; was heralded by the New York Times recently as a man who helped childless patients conceive healthy babies.</p><p>Thus argued Dr. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, on his August 7 <a href="http://www.albertmohler.com/stations.php" target="_blank">radio program</a>. The <a href="http://townhall.com/columnists/AlbertMohler/?t=AB" target="_blank">former Townhall.com columnist</a> was reacting to a July 22 New York Times obituary entitled &quot;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/23/science/23verlinsky.html?scp=5&amp;sq=... target="_blank">Yury Verlinsky, Expert in Embryonic Screening, Is Dead at 65</a>.&quot;</p><p>&quot;What I want to note... is not so much the man and what he did, but the way the New York Times explains this,&quot; Mohler told his audience, adding:</p><blockquote>

August 7, 2009, 5:02 PM EDT

<p>&quot;Shop Sold Guns to Pa., Va. Tech Shooters&quot; blares the headline for an August 7 Associated Press story carried on Time.com.</p><p>But <a href="http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1915308,00.html" target="_blank">Time's headline for the accompanying AP story</a> is woefully inaccurate and worse, deceptive. Pittsburgh fitness center shooter George Sodini, whom police say purchased his firearms legally, did not purchase them from online accessories dealer TGSCOM, Inc. </p><p>The same story <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jCr-8hvMxT_o93eW1whvXE... target="_blank">accessed at Google</a> has a more accurate headline,  &quot;Pa. gunman used same Web store as Va. Tech shooter.&quot; </p><p>Here's the story as carried on Time.com:</p> <blockquote>

August 6, 2009, 6:27 PM EDT

<p>&quot;[W]e've got to be journalists. We've got to keep the facts straight.&quot; </p><p>That's Chris Matthews referring to the professional standards governing his &quot;Hardball&quot; program in an MSNBC promo that aired in a commercial break halfway through the program's August 6 edition. </p><p>You can view the video below the page break.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

August 6, 2009, 2:03 PM EDT

<p>As if to insist that the <a href="/blogs/kyle-drennen/2009/08/06/cbs-abc-morning-shows-fail-id-jefferson-democrat-after-conviction" target="_blank">broadcast networks</a> shouldn't <a href="/blogs/brent-baker/2009/08/05/after-guilty-verdicts-nbc-fails-id-jeffersons-party-affiliation" target="_blank">corner the market</a> on &quot;Name That Party&quot; fun, CNN this morning joined in the fun when reporting on yesterday's conviction of former Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) on <a href="http://www.khou.com/news/local/politics/stories/khou090806_tnt_jefferson... target="_blank">11 corruption charges</a>.</p><p>Yet when reporting the story shortly after 9:30 a.m. EDT today, &quot;CNN Newsroom&quot; anchor Heidi Collins neglected to mention Jefferson's Democratic Party affiliation.</p><p>What's more, ten minutes earlier, neither Collins nor CNN producer Mike Ahlers mentioned the party affiliation of another ethically compromised Democrat, admitted adulterer John Edwards. The former one-term senator is under investigation for payments made by his political action committee to a former mistress. </p>

August 5, 2009, 1:54 PM EDT

<p>In a one-line blog post, &quot;<a href="http://swampland.blogs.time.com/2009/08/05/health-reform-euthanasia-and-... target="_blank">Health Reform: Euthanasia and Other Rumors</a>,&quot; Time magazine's Karen Tumulty pointed readers to a blog post at The New Republic's Web site set on &quot;<a href="http://blogs.tnr.com/tnr/blogs/the_treatment/archive/2009/08/04/will-you... target="_blank">Exposing the Euthanasia Scare</a>&quot; that has cropped up in the debate over health care reform:</p><blockquote>Harold Pollack dispenses with them (and their sources) <a href="http://blogs.tnr.com/tnr/blogs/the_treatment/archive/2009/08/04/will-you... failed to mention the liberal bent of either TNR or Dr. Pollack (Ph.D., not M.D.), which would have been helpful considering her terse blog post practically amounted to an unqualified stamp of approval of Pollack's August 4 item.</p><p>Albeit in kinder, gentler language, Pollack posited that opposition to socialized medicine among American senior citizens was due to racism, xenophobia, and homophobia (emphasis mine):</p><blockquote>

August 3, 2009, 6:18 PM EDT

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