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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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

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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):

September 10, 2009, 6:06 PM EDT

<p><img src=" vspace="3" width="300" align="right" border="0" height="192" hspace="3" />A half hour after wrapping up his on-air duties for the day, MSNBC's David Shuster took to his Twitter account to insist that he is biased, in favor of the truth:</p><p>Posted around 5:30 p.m.

September 10, 2009, 1:36 PM EDT

<p>TVNewser <a href=" target="_blank">is reporting </a>that &quot;20/20&quot; co-anchor John Stossel is leaving ABC News to join the Fox Business Network:</p><blockquote><p>TVNewser has learned Stossel will host a weekly, one-hour program for the 2-year-old business channel. He's expected to signed a multi-year deal with Fox which will include regular appearances on Fox News Channel during daytime and primetime. He'll also host four, hour-long specials on Fox News, much like the business/consumer specials he'd hosted for years on ABC. </p><p>Stossel, a libertarian, has been appearing on Fox News for years as a guest on shows including &quot;The O'Reilly Factor,&quot; &quot;Hannity &amp; Colmes&quot; and &quot;The Big Story.&quot;</p>

September 10, 2009, 11:41 AM EDT

<p><img src="/static/2008/02/2008-02-12MSNBCKlein.jpg" vspace="3" width="240" align="right" border="0" height="180" hspace="3" />After plugging his latest column in a September 10 post on the magazine's <a href="" target="_blank">Swampland blog</a>, Time's Joe Klein (shown in file photo at right) pegged Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) as &quot;vile&quot; before defending taxpayer-funded health care for illegal immigrants:</p><blockquote><p>On this whole question of whether illegal immigrants will be included in  the plan, which caused the vile Congressman from South Carolina to shout &quot;You lie&quot; when the President said they wouldn't be covered. Why shouldn't they be? After all, when an illegal immigrant cuts his hand while chopping cabbage and goes to the emergency room, the rest of us pay for it. Isn't the point to expand the risk pool as much as possible, to lure the insurance companies into concessions and lower prices? </p><p>I know it 's not going to happen. Congress will never vote to subsidize the health care of those who arrived here illegally. But, given the fact that we're already subsidizing them through the back door, it does make sense, doesn't it?</p>

September 9, 2009, 4:41 PM EDT

<p>Yesterday <a href="/blogs/ken-shepherd/2009/09/08/pro-voucher-d-c-democrats-lodge-protest-same-day-obama-addresses-ameri" target="_blank">I noted</a> that the Washington Post covered a September 8 anti-Obama, pro-school voucher protest in its <a href=" target="_blank">D.C. Wire blog</a>. Demonstrators participating in the protest complained about how the president and congressional Democrats have scuttled the voucher program and in doing so <a href=" target="_blank">dashed the hopes of 216 kids</a> who were scheduled to be granted vouchers for private schools this school year.</p><p>Yet the protest, led by former city councilman Kevin Chavous (D) and featuring former mayor and current Councilman Marion Barry (D), received no coverage in the September 9 Washington Post, despite the fact that the paper has supported the voucher program <a href=" target="_blank">in previous editorials.</a>   </p><p>Of course, the Post did find space for not one but three articles dealing with President Obama's September 8 address to the nation's schoolchildren:</p>

September 9, 2009, 12:39 PM EDT

While the mainstream media mock as overblown and unjustified the concerns of many conservatives that President Obama's televised speech to the nation's schoolchildren would be accompanied by liberal politicking, one online news outlet is noting how the president took the chance to push his agenda to a small group of Northern Virginia students prior to the actual speech.

"Prior to his nationally broadcast speech to students on Tuesday, President Barack Obama made a pitch for health care reform in a discussion with 40 freshmen at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va.," reports Penny Starr of, a sister organization* to

Although the president avoided controversial topics in his speech, he did promote health care reform in a face-to-face discussion at Wakefield High School. Asked by a student how he stays motivated to do his job, Obama replied that his staff gives him 10 letters every day from “ordinary folks.”
“Some of the stories are really depressing,” Obama told the 40 freshman, who were chosen to meet with the president during freshman orientation, according to school officials.
“You hear about people who are sick but don't have health care, and suddenly they get a bill for $100,000, and there's no way they can pay for it, and they're about to lose their house. And you’re just reminded that the country is full of really good people who sometimes are going through a hard time,” Obama said. 

September 8, 2009, 6:35 PM EDT

<p><a href=""><img src=" align="right" /></a><span class="status-body"><span class="entry-content">&quot;This is two* weeks old... but, it's the most recent polling on public option. <a href="" original-href="" class="tweet-url web" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">; </a><span class="tweet-url web"> MSNBC's David Shuster </span></span></span><span class="status-body"><span class="entry-content"><span class="tweet-url web">posted to his Twitter page today around 5:45 p.m.</span></span></span></p><p><span class="status-body"><span class="entry-content"><span class="tweet-url web">But pulling the thread from Shuster's tweet unravels through two liberal blogs and ends at none other than (h/t MRC's Stu James).<br /></span></span></span></p><p><span class="status-body"><span class="entry-content"><span class="tweet-url web">The link in question takes readers to the liberal ThinkProgress blog, which in turn links to a <a href="" target="_blank">Sam Stein item at the Huffington Post</a>, which in turn links to a <a href=" target="_blank">SurveyUSA poll</a> taken on August 19 and published on August 20.</span></span></span></p><p>Over in the sidebar for the survey, we learn that the sponsor was none other than &quot; Political Action&quot; (see screencap below): </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>

September 8, 2009, 4:40 PM EDT

<p>Today as President Barack Obama was preparing to deliver a speech to America's students, some school voucher-supporting Democrats in the District of Columbia were gearing up to protest the president's decision to scuttle the city's federal voucher program by blocking the doors to the federal Department of Education building in Washington. </p><p>Nikita Stewart of the Washington Post's D.C. Wire blog covered <a href=" target="_blank">the planned protest</a> in a post this morning and fellow Postie Nick Anderson reported on the protest -- joined by D.C. councilman Marion Barry (D) and led by former D.C. councilman Kevin Chavous (D) -- after the fact <a href=" target="_blank">shortly after noon</a>. </p><p>Local ABC affiliate WJLA <a href="" target="_blank">also has a story</a> on its Web site. </p><p>MSNBC's <a href=" target="_blank">Chris Matthews</a> has told his viewers that he disagrees with Obama's decision and supports renewing the congressionally-funded D.C. voucher program. It should be interesting to see if Matthews covers the protest today on his &quot;Hardball&quot; program.</p><p>I wouldn't hold my breath for any coverage elsewhere on MSNBC or on the broadcast networks tonight, however. </p>

September 4, 2009, 4:47 PM EDT

<div style="float: right"><object width="240" height="194"><param name="movie" value=";c1=0x2F338A&... name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src=";c1=0x2F338A&... allowfullscreen="true" width="240" height="194"></embed></object></div>Discussing the concern of some parents' about their children being a captive audience to President Obama's planned speech next Tuesday, MSNBC's David Shuster today scoffed at conservative activist Michael Leahy by asking if Nancy Reagan's &quot;Just Say No&quot; anti-drug campaign was &quot;indoctrination&quot; (<a href=" target="_blank">audio available here</a>):<blockquote><p>MICHAEL LEAHY:  This is from the lesson plan, the old, the original lesson plan. They want--</p><p>DAVID SHUSTER, interrupting: Which has since been changed, but go ahead.</p><p>LEAHY: --teachers to extend learning by having students write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president. Now, David, that is indoctrination. We don't want that.</p><p>SHUSTER: Okay, so was it indoctrination when Nancy Reagan? Okay, fair point. Well, was it indoctrination then when Nancy Reagan encouraged students to write down what they could do to help say no to drugs?</p>

September 3, 2009, 2:58 PM EDT

<p><img src=" vspace="3" width="239" align="right" border="0" height="250" hspace="3" />&quot;<a href="" target="_blank">U.K. Docs Worry Patients Dying Prematurely</a>,&quot; reads a headline featured this afternoon in's Top News menu. The link brings readers to a CBS/AP story with the same headline. </p><p>But when one reads through the article, it becomes clear the matter at hand may have some bearing over a controversial issue in America's current health care reform debate (emphasis mine):</p><blockquote><p>A group of British doctors who treat the terminally ill said they were worried that some are dying prematurely <b>because of guidelines on dealing with patients in their final hours. </b><br /> </p><p><a href=" class="link">In a letter to The Daily Telegraph newspaper Thursday</a>, six palliative care specialists said the &quot;tick-box approach to the management of death&quot; <b>could become a self-fulfilling prophecy. </b><br />

September 3, 2009, 12:01 PM EDT

<p>A country boy can survive the Obama administration. Just ask Hank Williams, Jr.</p><p>The country music artist --  best known to millions of Americans regardless of their musical taste for his &quot;Are You Ready For Some Football?&quot; theme to Monday Night Football -- was profiled yesterday by <a href=";build... target="_blank">Bill Lynch of the Charleston [W.V.] Gazette</a> (h/t my NB colleague Tim Graham).</p><p>Lynch spent a considerable portion of his profile focused on Williams's politics, including his upcoming gig at a Labor Day TEA Party:</p><blockquote>