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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December 8, 2009, 5:44 PM EST

<p>I just caught this a few moments ago perusing <a href="" mce_href="" target="_blank">@APStylebook</a>, the Twitter feed for the Associated Press Stylebook. It was tweeted at 12:02 p.m. EST yesterday:</p><blockquote><p><a href="" mce_href="" title="blocked:: #APStyle">#APStyle</a> tip: Global warming and climate change can be used interchangeably. Go behind the scenes in Copenhagen with @<a href="" mce_href="" title="blocked::">AP_ClimatePool</a>. </p></blockquote><p>Now if only <a href="" mce_href="" target="_blank">@FakeAPStylebook </a>would spoof this. Might I suggest:</p><blockquote><p>#FakeAPStyle tip: Oh, why not: Global warming and global cooling can be used interchangeably too.</p></blockquote>

December 8, 2009, 1:15 PM EST

Here's another entry for the revolving door file: Politico's Jonathan Allen (pictured at right), formerly of Congressional Quarterly and former Sen. Paul Sarbanes' office, will take over as the top staffer at Debbie Wasserman Schultz's DWS PAC, according to Roll Call (h/t e-mail tipster Bob Foster).

For his part, Allen, whose wife works as the communications director for freshman Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), found it an offer he couldn't refuse:

"I wouldn't go work for just anyone," Allen said. "She wanted me to come work for her, and it was impossible for me to say no. She has a heart of gold and resolve of steel. ... I find that inspiring." 

Roll Call's Steven T. Dennis has the story here, but only the lead paragraph is available to non-subscribers. Below is an excerpt, courtesy of Foster:

December 8, 2009, 12:17 PM EST

<p>Time's Amy Sullivan has little use for moderate Senate Democrats throwing up any semblance of a road block, nay, even a speed bump, to ObamaCare, especially if it entails pro-life measures which would keep abortion from being covered by the taxpayer-subsidized government option. </p><p>&quot;What is it about those Nebraska governors-turned-senators?&quot; Sullivan huffed in the beginning of her <a href=" target="_blank">December 8 Swampland blog post</a>. &quot;Did they not get enough attention as children? Do they chafe at being told they hail from a 'flyover' state? Does that unicameral legislature leave too few adoring supporters?&quot;</p><p>Sullivan's ire was directed at Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson (D), who along with Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) has offered a pro-life amendment to the Democratic health care reform bill that Sullivan insists is all but doomed to fail and which is not likely a deal-breaker for either Sens. Nelson nor Casey when it comes to final passage:</p><blockquote>

December 5, 2009, 10:00 AM EST

<p>Oops!</p><p>&quot;A Nov. 26 article in the District edition of Local Living incorrectly said a Public Enemy song declared 9/11 a joke. The song refers to 911, the emergency phone number.&quot;</p><p>That's the <a href=" target="_blank">text of a correction</a> the Post published yesterday to amend an error made in Akeya Dickson's article, <a href=" target="_blank">&quot;A note of hope from voices of experience: Public enemy reaches out to homeless youth in D.C.&quot;</a></p><p>Here's how the corrected portion now reads:</p><blockquote><p>Public Enemy has earned notoriety with more than 20 years of politically charged music about fighting the power, challenging racism and declaring that 911 was a joke. </p></blockquote><p>&quot;911 Is a Joke&quot; was a hit rap single in 1990 and the third track on Public Enemy's 1990 album, <a href="" target="_blank">&quot;Fear of a Black Planet.&quot; </a> The song was critical of slow response times from the 9-1-1 emergency dispatch service.<a href="" target="_blank"><br /></a></p>

December 4, 2009, 3:24 PM EST

<p><img src=" align="right" border="0" height="180" hspace="3" vspace="3" width="240" />Dylan Ratigan (file photo at right), whose <a href="/people/dylan-ratigan" target="_blank">bias and occasional forays into balanced journalism</a> have both been documented at NewsBusters, is set to gain an afternoon slot in 2010, according to <a href=" target="_blank">Chris Ariens of TVNewser</a>:</p><blockquote><p>MSNBC's &quot;Morning Meeting&quot; is about to get an afternoon edition. </p><p>TVNewser has learned that starting Monday, host <a href="">Dylan Ratigan</a> will be on for one hour, 9am ET only, so he and the team can prepare for a move to the afternoon after the first of the year.</p></blockquote><p>Back on November 11, <a href=" target="_blank">Ariens reported</a>:</p><blockquote>

December 3, 2009, 5:33 PM EST

Yesterday at the daily White House press briefing, press secretary Robert Gibbs talked down to reporter <a href="" target="_blank">April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks (AURN)</a>, a  journalist with nearly a quarter-century of experience.<p>Ryan was pressing Gibbs over whether Desiree Rogers, the White House social secretary, essentially &quot;invited herself&quot; to last week's state dinner in honor of the Indian Prime Minister. Rogers has come under scrutiny for failing to have either herself or other social office staffers accompany Secret Service staffers who conducted security screenings for the dinner.</p><p>Gibbs, annoyed by Ryan pressing the matter, chided Ryan to calm down and suggesting that she was throwing a tantrum much like his son sometimes does.</p><p>I've included a partial transcript and CSPAN's video embed below the page break. Advance the embedded video above to about the 31:00 timestamp to see the relevant exchange (h/t Tim Graham):</p><blockquote>

December 3, 2009, 12:23 PM EST

<p>Voters in state after state have said no to gay marriage. So what's the lesson Newsweek's Sarah Kliff draws? </p><p>Well, maybe it's time for the gay marriage lobby to go over the heads of the people and push Congress to act.</p><p>Reacting to yesterday's 38-24 vote by the Democratic-majority New York State Senate to kill a gay marriage bill, Kliff suggested in a <a href=" target="_blank">December 2 The Gaggle blog post</a>:</p><blockquote><p><span class="BlogPostWords">Rather than pursuing piecemeal, state-level initiatives, which do not have a great track record, perhaps the movement, en masse, ought to focus on pressuring Congress and President Obama to take more decisive action.<br /><br /></span>I'm not the first to make this suggestion. The issue came to a head in October, when gay-rights activists organized—and argued over—their first large march in Washington since 2000. </p></blockquote><p>Of course, as a journalist, it should not be Kliff's place to pen the game plan for a movement's political agenda. Hers should be to call the game, not the plays, yet the Newsweek writer continued by describing her shift in sideline strategy (emphasis mine):</p><blockquote>

December 2, 2009, 4:41 PM EST

<p>Just in time for the Christmas season, the Washington Post's &quot;Book World&quot; editor Ron Charles gave readers of the <a href=" target="_blank">December 2 Style section front page</a> a look at <a href="

December 2, 2009, 1:06 PM EST

<p><a href=" target="_blank"><img src="" vspace="3" width="240" align="right" border="0" height="174" hspace="3" /></a>Imagine if you will that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin was accused of taking gift cards donated to her office for redistribution to needy constituents and using them instead for a personal spending spree.</p><p>The media firestorm would swirl uncontrollably, of course, and certainly you couldn't fault the media for reporting on the ensuing criminal trial.</p><p>Well, this sort of this has happened, only <a href=" target="_blank">to the Democratic mayor of Baltimore Sheila Dixon</a> who was convicted yesterday on a misdemeanor charge of embezzling, yet the coverage from the broadcast networks has been non-existent until the trial's conclusion. </p><p>A search of &quot;Sheila Dixon&quot; among ABC, CBS, and NBC news transcripts catalogued on Nexis from January 1, 2007 to December 2, 2009 yielded only three hits. None of the stories were about Dixon's trial, and one, an April 30, 2008 &quot;Nightline&quot; story on predatory mortgage lending, cast Dixon in a favorable light as a champion of citizens who have been exploited by mortgage lenders. </p>

December 1, 2009, 6:18 PM EST

<p>Have Associated Press's Seth Borenstein and Chris Matthews had a Vulcan mind-meld? Two weeks ago, you may recall, the MSNBC &quot;Hardball&quot; hosts wondered if the president was just <a href="/blogs/kyle-drennen/2009/11/20/msnbc-s-matthews-finds-obama-s-weakness-he-s-too-darned-intellectual" target="_blank">&quot;too darned intellectual.&quot;</a> </p><p>Today, AP's Borenstein wondered, <a href="" target="_blank">&quot;Is Obama another Mr. Spock?&quot;:</a></p><blockquote><p>WASHINGTON -- He shows a fascination with science, an all-too deliberate decision-making demeanor, an adherence to logic and some pretty, ahem, prominent ears.</p> <p>They all add up to a quite logical conclusion, at least for &quot;Star Trek&quot; fans: Barack Obama is Washington's Mr. Spock, the chief science officer for the ship of state.</p><p>&quot;I guess it's somewhat unusual for a politician to be so precise, logical, in his thought process,&quot; actor Leonard Nimoy, who has portrayed Spock for more than 40 years, told The Associated Press in an e-mail interview. &quot;The comparison to Spock is, in my opinion, a compliment to him and to the character.&quot;</p>

December 1, 2009, 4:07 PM EST

<p>The same CBS legal analyst who...: </p><ul><li>wrote that former Vice President Cheney <a href="/blogs/noel-sheppard/2009/05/22/cbs-news-chief-legal-analyst-cheney-just-d-k" target="_blank">&quot;is just a dick&quot;</a></li><li><a href="/node/13830" target="_blank">labeled Chief Justice John Roberts</a> &quot;silly and condescending&quot; and Justice Alito a &quot;rigid starboard-facing ideologue&quot;</li><li>and blamed Karl Rove for the Valerie Plame leak <a href="/blogs/ken-shepherd/2008/02/27/cbs-lawyer-ignores-facts-evidence-slam-rove" target="_blank">despite the fact that Richard Armitage admitted</a> that he was the inadvertent leaker of that information</li></ul><p> now ending his CourtWatch blog, all the while insisting that his writings over the years were mostly dry legalese and that those which were not, well, that's the fault of the people he was writing about, namely, the Bush adminstration.</p><p>CBS's Andrew Cohen in his <a href=" target="_blank">Nov. 30 &quot;Banging the Final Gavel&quot;</a> retrospective:</p><blockquote>

November 24, 2009, 11:59 AM EST

<p>Last night the Baltimore City Council became the first in the nation to pass a law that would require pro-life crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) to post in writing disclaimers noting that they do not provide abortion services or contraceptives nor refer women to persons or clinics who do.</p><p>Reporting the story in the November 24 paper, the <a href=" target="_blank">Baltimore Sun's Julie Scharper</a> quoted the bill's author and council president Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D) heralding the passage of the bill as &quot;a step towards making sure that women have the information they need to make the right decision for their health and their future.&quot;  </p><p>Yet Scharper failed to point out to readers that Rawlings-Blake actually voted against an amendment that would also apply her standard to abortion clinics. Reported <a href="" target="_blank">George P. Matysek Jr. of The Catholic Review</a> on November 17:</p>

November 23, 2009, 12:52 PM EST

<p>Twelve days ago <a href="/blogs/ken-shepherd/2009/11/11/name-party-baltimore-mayor-accused-using-gift-cards-designated-poor-he" target="_blank">I noted how</a> the Baltimore Sun failed to mention indicted Mayor Sheila Dixon's Democratic Party affiliation in a story about an embezzlement trial. The mayor stands accused of misappropriating gift cards intended for poor Baltimoreans. Instead of making sure the donated retail gift cards got into the hands of needy folks, Dixon is alleged to have used them for her own personal shopping spree. </p><p>Today, with the Dixon jury literally still out, the <a href=" target="_blank">Sun's Annie Linskey and Julie Bykowicz did mention Dixon's Democratic Party affiliation</a>, albeit in the very last sentence of their November 23 14-paragraph story published in the Metro section of the Washington Post*:</p><blockquote>

November 20, 2009, 3:08 PM EST

In what could easily be labeled the understatement of the week and probably of the entire month of November, the Washington Post today headlined a page A22 story today "GAO warns stimulus jobs data could contain inaccuracies."The print story is accompanied by a screenshot of, which the caption beneath it notes "is the government's stimulus-tracking Web site." Of course, the biggest inaccuracies recently observed on are non-existent congressional districts purported to have been "saved or created" jobs thanks to stimulus pork sent their way. Yet Post staffer Ed O'Keefe was careful to keep that juiciest tidbit out of his entire 10-paragraph November 19 story.As Michelle Groat of noted Wednesday:

November 19, 2009, 1:05 PM EST

<p>As part of an ongoing retrospective of the the first decade of the 21st century, Newsweek has ginned up a boatload of top 10 lists and assigned some Hollywood celebrities and Washington politicians to pen brief blurbs to accompany some of the entries. One such list, the top 10 &quot;History-Altering Decisions&quot; of 2000-2009 has at least two such entries that are worthy of addressing here: Actor/comedian Dennis Leary's &quot;Florida Uses Butterfly Ballots&quot; [ranked #6] and Sen. John Kerry's self-congratulatory &quot;Kerry Picks Obama to Give Keynote 2004 DNC Address&quot; [ranked #1].</p><p>Befitting Newsweek's biases, Leary and Kerry's entries point to Obama as an almost messianic figure, as though he were the literal object of history, or at least the last 10 years of American history. </p><p>First, Leary <a href=" target="_blank">opined about how one dramatic moment </a>can set in motion a chain of events can profoundly affect history, in effect comparing the assassin's bullet that ended John Kennedy's life with the butterfly ballots used in 2000 in some Democrat-friendly Florida counties:</p><blockquote>

November 18, 2009, 6:31 PM EST

<p>&quot;This week's abortion conversation is about politics. Let's not pretend it's about anything else,&quot; Newsweek's Lisa Miller huffed in <a href="" target="_blank">a November 18 post</a>, complaining about how the moral issues surrounding abortion are taking on a life of their own in the health care debate.</p><blockquote><p>We suffer, this week, from a moral myopia. Thanks to the passage in Congress of a health-reform bill, abortion is in the news again, but with the same old warriors brandishing their same old spears. </p></blockquote><p>But while Miller went on to list both pro-life and pro-choice &quot;old warriors,&quot; it's hard to believe her beef is with both sides of that fight equally. Miller laments that:</p><blockquote><p>Our entire health-care system (and the proposed reform) is rife with &quot;complex moral issues.&quot; To activate our consciences only in the realm of abortion relieves those consciences of too much responsibility.  <i></i></p></blockquote>

November 18, 2009, 3:21 PM EST

<p>Three days ago, I argued that <a href="/blogs/ken-shepherd/2009/11/15/wapo-seeks-put-gop-gov-elect-mcdonnell-bind-over-pat-robertsons-remark" target="_blank">the Washington Post </a>was ginning up a new campaign to discredit Republican governor-elect Bob McDonnell, having failed to sink his candidacy  by its continual harping about his culturally conservative graduate's thesis at Pat Robertson's Regent University. </p><p>Today the Post confirmed my suspicions as its editorial board officially weighed in, proclaiming Robertson -- who made some controversial statements following the Fort Hood shootings about Islam -- to be <a href=" target="_blank">&quot;Mr. McDonnell's albatross&quot;</a>:</p><blockquote><p>It's unfair to expect politicians to be held accountable for every asinine thing that a supporter happens to say. But in this case -- when the supporter is among Mr. McDonnell's most prominent associates, and the level of support is extremely high -- it's important to know that he is as disgusted by Mr. Robertson's casual bigotry as millions of his constituents are.  </p></blockquote><p>This begs the question how the Post handled the Obama/Rev. Wright controversy. My research indicates the Post was thrilled at Obama's March 2008 non-denunciation denunciation of Wright so much that the next month it all but declared it would never hound Obama ever again for anything stupid Wright should say. Let's look first at the <a href=" target="_blank">March 19, 2008 &quot;Moment of Truth&quot; editorial</a> (emphases mine):</p><blockquote>

November 18, 2009, 11:40 AM EST

<p>Headline wording choice can set the tone for liberal bias, and a November 18 Washington Post Style front-pager is a classic example.</p><p>Profiling Pentecostal preacher Bishop Harry Jackson, the Post titled staffer Wil Haygood's story <a href=" target="_blank">&quot;Seeking to put asunder,&quot;</a> an obvious allusion to Jesus's declaration about the holy nature of matrimony (Matthew 19:4-6 KJV):</p><blockquote><p>And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made [them] at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. </p></blockquote><p>Of course, that scriptural passage succinctly illustrates Jackson's point: Christian doctrine regarding marriage is that &quot;from the beginning&quot; God's design was one man and one woman in a &quot;one flesh&quot; union, but the effect of the headline's allusion is the same. The paper is portraying Jackson as a man who aims to &quot;put asunder&quot; loving, committed gay couples who are &quot;married.&quot; </p>

November 17, 2009, 5:13 PM EST

<p>Posing the question, <a href=" target="_blank">&quot;Will Gun Measure Threaten Amtrak [with] Terror Attacks,&quot;</a> Newsweek's Michael Isikoff informed readers of a legislative battle to allow passengers aboard Amtrak to transport unloaded firearms in their checked luggage.</p><p>Isikoff pitted supporters of gun rights, particularly the National Rifle Association (NRA) against &quot;security-minded&quot; legislators worried about gun use in terrorist attacks on the nation's railways:</p><blockquote><p>Just how much clout does the gun lobby have on Capitol Hill? This week may prove to be a crucial test: A House-Senate conference committee is about to take up a massive transportation-funding bill that is pitting advocates of gun rights against security-minded members worried about the threat of terrorist attacks on Amtrak trains. Tucked into the measure is a controversial National Rifle Association-backed amendment that would cut off $1.5 billion in subsidies to Amtrak unless the federally backed national passenger-train company reverses its post-9/11 security policies and permits train passengers to travel with handguns and other firearms as part of their checked luggage. </p>

November 17, 2009, 2:57 PM EST

<p>Here's a news story that should be interesting to watch as it develops further.</p><p>The New York Police Department executed a raid on the circulation offices of four New York newspapers earlier today. </p><p>The Associated Press reported the story <a href="" target="_blank">shortly after 1 p.m. EST</a> (h/t Alex Yuriev):</p><blockquote>By COLLEEN LONG <style>p {margin:12px 0px 0px 0px;}</style><div class="KonaBody"><p>NEW YORK (AP) - A law enforcement official says the New York Police Department raided circulation offices at some of the nation's largest newspapers as part of a union corruption probe.</p>