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 3, 2015, 5:11 PM EST

"Voting Under Attack" blares the teaser headline for a new Zachary Roth piece at 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.

January 29, 2015, 4:45 PM EST

With Scott Walker entertaining a run for president in 2016, you can expect MSNBC to amp up their criticism of the Wisconsin governor. Enter running a piece by David Taintor today hitting Walker for proposing a "huge cut" in taxpayer financing of the University of Wisconsin system.

January 28, 2015, 9:00 PM EST

Hardball host Chris Matthews's disdain for Sen. Ted Cruz is so palpable he can't resist making a snide comment when noting a rare instance in which the Texas Republican praised the first lady, and that in the context of standing up for women's rights. 

January 28, 2015, 5:38 PM EST

The Daily Beast's Samantha Allen, who grew up Mormon, took to her keyboard today to blast the Church of Latter-Day Saints for their "gay rights charade."

January 27, 2015, 8:50 PM EST

On the January 27 edition of Hardball, former DNC chairman Howard Dean issued a tepid half-apology regarding his recent ill-advised statement on Real Time with Bill Maher wherein he blasted as "angry" the moviehouse audiences that have made American Sniper a runaway hit. 

January 27, 2015, 8:02 PM EST

Thanking his guest Gov. Dannel Malloy for appearing on the January 27 Hardball to discuss his handling of the much-overhyped blizzard "Winter Storm Juno," MSNBC host Chris Matthews reminded the Connecticut Democrat that he and others at the Lean Forward network had "rooted" for his reelection.

January 26, 2015, 8:16 PM EST

See if you can spot the typos on this map, which depict mandatory travel bans in Northeastern states for the overnight of January 26-27. 

January 26, 2015, 5:33 PM EST

Comedian Jim Gaffigan got off a great zinger on Twitter yesterday aimed straight at Hollywood folks who look down on the average American who has given American Sniper their vote at the box office.

January 23, 2015, 5:18 PM EST

Left-wing Daily Beast columnist Michael Tomasky today took to his keyboard to hack out a defense of the federal estate tax. Tomasky insisted taxation-without-respiration is "moral" and, what's more, agreeable to the Founding Fathers.

January 22, 2015, 9:31 PM EST

In a segment on his January 22 Hardball program, MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews made perfectly clear his disdain for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and for House Speaker John Boehner for inviting him to address a joint session of Congress on March 3.

January 22, 2015, 6:58 PM EST

When a cable-news host concludes an interview, it's customary to thank his or her guest by saying something along the lines of "I appreciate you being here" or "Thank you for your time." 

But when MSNBC fill-in host Craig Melvin wrapped his January 22 Reid Report interview with Sarah Weddington, the pro-abortion rights counsel for "Jane Roe" in 1973, he not only thanked the former Texas state legislator for his appearing on the program but also added, "I do appreciate you." 

January 22, 2015, 4:10 PM EST

A few weeks ago I relayed blogger William Jacobson's story about how a federal judge was forcing the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., to release its arrest affidavit for former Meet the Press host David Gregory. Well, the MPD finally got around to doing so, and Jacobson has a follow-up blog entry with the aforementioned affidavit. 

January 22, 2015, 12:05 AM EST

"[N]ow that [House Speaker John] Boehner has invited [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu to speak before Congress... the White House is telling its media surrogates to attack," conservative radio host Mark Levin noted on his January 21 radio program. "Forget about Boehner, attack Israel and Netanyahu, they have violated diplomatic protocol!"

January 21, 2015, 3:46 PM EST

A funny little graphics fail from the crew of MSNBC's The Cycle on Wednesday afternoon. In a color-coded electoral map for 2012, Alabama and Texas, among other states, were erroneously shown in Democratic blue rather than Republican red.