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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April 1, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

Out of 667 American political news stories aired on Univision or Telemundo between November 2013 and the end of February 2014, 300 tilted towards the liberal perspective compared to 43 which leaned to the right, MRC Latino Director Ken Oliver-Méndez noted today at a symposium at the Newseum in downtown Washington, D.C., unveiling MRC Latino's inaugural study, "Hispanic Media in the Balance."

Having broken down the numbers by issue, Oliver-Méndez observed that the bias was particularly stark on the issues of health care and poverty, with Univision and Telemundo reporters and anchors heavily promoting liberal/Democratic messaging on ObamaCare and "income inequality." [watch Oliver-Méndez's presentation below the page break]

March 31, 2014, 6:40 PM EDT

In the process of defending Darren Aronofsky's Noah as a film which "make[s] us think about how the biblical story might still speak to us today," Yale University Old Testament professor Joel Baden suggests in a Sunday, March 30 Daily Beast article -- "'Noah': The Bible vs. the Blockbuster" --  that he considers the Almighty the villain of the biblical story (emphasis mine):

March 31, 2014, 3:46 PM EDT

The ObamaCare health care exchange website that Maryland designed is such a monstrous failure that the state government is pulling its plug tomorrow and replacing it with a website which essentially mimics the architecture of the actually-functional Connecticut state exchange. In the process, Maryland taxpayers have seen $125.5 million of their hard-earned tax dollars flushed down the drain by 2016 president hopeful Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and his protege, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, whom O'Malley tapped as his ObamaCare point man, and who is pursuing the Democratic nomination for governor this June.

Curiously neither politician was scrutinized in Jenna Johnson and Mary Pat Flaherty's March 31 Metro section front-pager "Md. to rebuild sit from scratch," and there was only a passing reference to them in an earlier story over the weekend by the same reporters.

March 30, 2014, 4:54 PM EDT

Ohio State University seniors are none too pleased to be having Chris Matthews as their commencement speaker, and it's not simply a question of politics, reports Collin Binkley of the Columbus Dispatch.

No, it seems many Buckeyes don't know who the heck the MSNBC host is in the first place, and, quite frankly, they think their school really didn't try all that hard to get a better, higher-profile speaker, much less listen to student input (emphasis mine):

March 28, 2014, 1:45 PM EDT

Yesterday an all-female 3-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Texas's abortion clinic regulation law. As you can imagine, this has got MSNBC, the "war on women" network,  outraged.

"Texas all but guts Roe v. Wade" grouses the teaser headline for Irin Carmon's March 28 story on msnbc.com. "One third of Texas’s abortion clinics have closed. That’s not bad enough for these female judges. Next stop: The Supreme Court," added the caption below a photo of pro-choice protesters. The story itself, by a 2013 recipient of the New York Abortion Access Fund's "Champion of Choice" award, was fraught with lamentations about the alleged injustice of the ruling and ended on a hopeful note that maybe, just maybe, the Supreme Court would ride to the rescue of the abortion lobby (excerpted in full below; emphases mine):

March 27, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

Earlier today, the Facebook page for BBC World News posted a captionfest item featuring a photo of President Obama and Pope Francis shaking hands. Curiously, the photo caption begins, "Pope Francis (R) and US President Barack Obama shake hands after exchanging gifts during a private audience on March 27, 2014 at the Vatican." [see screen capture -- taken around 10 p.m. Eastern -- below page break]

To be fair, Pope Francis is on the right in the photo, but it's still incredibly odd as the only subjects in focus in the photo are the president and the pontiff, and it's not like the average reader would be confused as to which is which. 

March 27, 2014, 5:19 PM EDT

Imagine it's March 2006, some eight months before the midterm elections in an unpopular President Bush's second term, and the Senate Majority Leader, Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) has this nasty habit of running afoul of the Federal Election Commission over pricey gifts for campaign donors. The media would most certainly have a field day with the revelations.

But alas, it's March 2014 and it's Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and President Obama's Senate majority on the line. Here's Rebecca Shabad of TheHill.com with details (emphasis mine):

March 27, 2014, 12:18 PM EDT

In a 72-word Cheat Sheet item on their website today, Daily Beast editors failed to note California Democratic State Senator Leland Yee's party affiliation nor the fact that the alleged gun-running politician was an outspoken advocate of more gun-control laws.

To be fair, the Associated Press article that the Cheat Sheet item linked to mentioned both facts, but casual readers of the Daily Beast's news digest who failed to follow the link would have remained ignored to them:

March 26, 2014, 7:16 PM EDT

A Virginia businessman has been convicted of violating Washington, D.C. gun laws for possessing what amounts to, wait for it, replica musket balls. For that he was sentenced to time served, fined $50, and forced to enroll in the District's gun-offender registry.

Emily Miller has the story this afternoon at WashingtonTimes.com  (emphasis mine):

March 26, 2014, 4:28 PM EDT

"More time for health sign-up" cheered the Washington Post front-page headline for Amy Goldstein's March 26 story on the administration's latest ObamaCare delay, this time for the individual mandate which requires Americans to be insured so as to avoid paying a "tax" penalty. In an amazing dereliction of her journalistic duty, Goldstein utterly failed to mention that just two weeks earlier HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified to Congress that, in fact, the March 31 sign-up deadline was not going to move.

Goldstein, of course, was too busy parroting the administration's talking points and turning to supposedly non-ideological "consumer advocates" who hailed the deadline extension (emphasis mine):

March 25, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT

"As President Obama prepares for his first visit of his second term to Saudi Arabia, pressure is mounting on the State Department to publish the most comprehensive U.S. government study of the Kingdom’s textbooks," Eli Lake of the Daily Beast reported today. "While the study has been finished since the end of 2012, it has nonetheless been kept from the public, according to a new report by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a center-right think tank in Washington." The Obama/Kerry State Department failing to be transparent and release a study for public consumption?! Perish the thought!

The study was commissioned to investigate the extent to which Saudi textbooks are laden with anti-Israeli and extremist religious rhetoric. and, "according to current and former U.S. officials, presents a mixed picture":

March 25, 2014, 7:59 AM EDT

MSNBC's rooting interest in the Texas gubernatorial race and the Lean Forward network's loathing of voter ID laws came together Monday in a hit piece on Republican gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott.

MSNBC.com scribe Zachary Roth sharpened his pen to attack the Texas attorney general's "bogus voter fraud crusade." Essentially Roth whined that because there were only a handful of cases of potential voter fraud which Abbott's office was able to document for the network that the state's tightening of ID requirements at the polling stations were an empty gesture at best, and, you guessed it, racially-motivated at worst (emphasis mine)

March 24, 2014, 4:33 PM EDT

"[I]f you read a newspaper to find out about the contraception mandate cases, you will read lies," attorney and conservative writer Gabriel Malor argued in his excellent March 24 piece for The Federalist, "Six Lies The Leftist Media Tells About The Contraception Mandate Cases." "The leftist papers do not mention the substantial monetary burden put on religious business owners to violate their consciences," Malor observed. "The papers do not mention that contraception was both inexpensive and widely available before the contraception mandate, and still is. The papers omit to mention that it isn’t the businesses who have radically changed, but the mandates from government."

That's all true, and the same can be said of the broadcast and cable news networks, but Malor's focus is on newspapers, which ostensibly are supposed to be more fact-dense and less prone to spin. Do yourself a favor and read Malor's analysis here. For my money, lie number four, "corporations cannot exercise religion" is the most rage-inducing of the lot which the liberal media are force-feeding Americans (emphasis mine):

March 24, 2014, 1:05 PM EDT

Editors of the Saturday Washington Post's Free for All section published three angry missives from readers wishing to censor the conservative-leaning cartoon strip Prickly City.

Under the header, "A strip too political for the comics," Brad Knopf of Annapolis, Md., and Silver Spring, Md., residents George Usher and Rodney Brooks complained about recent panels of the Scott Stantis cartoon. Knopf groused that Stantis's joke in one strip "could get you arrested" while Brooks melodramatically blustered that Stantis's work was "close to treason or rebellion."

March 21, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

MSNBC is at it yet again, slandering conservatives wishing to protect the religious liberties of business owners as "anti-gay" bigots.

The latest example comes with the headline for Adam Serwer's March 21 story, "Georgia Republicans tack anti-gay amendments onto unrelated bills."  To his credit, Serwer himself avoided needless invective, giving a rather fair description of the controversy at hand, even though it was a bit paltry in space devoted to those favoring the legislation. What's more, Serwer seemed rather incurious as to how the average Georgian feels about corporate interests -- you know, the bad guys in the eyes of the Left when they favor tax cuts and other pro-business moves -- being a significant factor in scotching the bill (emphasis mine):

March 20, 2014, 2:35 PM EDT

Allowing a state to require a potential voter to furnish proof of U.S. citizenship is a "blow to voting rights," according to msnbc.com's Zachary Roth.

The Lean Forward network scribe lamented yesterday's ruling by federal judge Eric Melgren -- Roth made sure to note he's a George W. Bush appointee -- and produced the Left's usual suspects on voting rights issues to whine about how this could adversely affect Democrats. Suffice to say, Roth couldn't be bothered to fairly represent the other side of the story, you know, folks who think the ruling was correct:

March 19, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

In what may be a new low for MSNBC.com, writer Adam Serwer today all but compared Chief Justice John Roberts to his most infamous predecessor, Chief Justice Roger Taney, the author of the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision.

"Shameful link in Voting Rights Act decision," blared the teaser headline in the lightbox at msnbc.com. "Legal scholars argue the decision striking down part of the Voting Rights Act is rooted in the Dred Scott decision, considered the worst in U.S. history," noted the photo caption [see screen capture at bottom of post]

March 18, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

Townhall's Guy Benson today took Washington Post's Aaron Blake and Vox.com senior editor Sarah Kliff to task for uncritically furthering Obama White House spin that 5 million Americans have successfully registered for ObamaCare.

This is patently false, Benson charges, noting that, at best, the number is somewhere closer to 4 million, assuming the very generous estimate of a 20 percent "non-payment" rate on the registered policies. Benson explains (emphasis mine):

March 18, 2014, 1:05 PM EDT

"Wendy Davis Will Turn Texas Purple" insists the teaser headline on the Daily Beast front page today. No, this is NOT satire, but the honest-to-goodness belief of community organizer turned Daily Beast contributor Sally Kohn.

The headline for the story itself -- "Wendy Davis Is One Step Closer To Turning Texas Purple" -- dials down the hype a tiny bit, but the argument of her piece is pretty clear, even as Kohn desperately latches on to one poll for her ray of hope for the Lone Star State (emphasis mine):

March 17, 2014, 3:41 PM EDT

"Welcome, everyone to a special St. Paddy's Day edition of RF Daily. Special in the sense that the control room may be drunk." That's how MSNBC's Ronan Farrow opened the March 17 edition of his eponymous 1 p.m. Eastern program. [see video below page break; click here for audio]

While we doubt many Americans of Irish descent will be outraged by such a lame joke, isn't Farrow's opening line rather insensitive coming from a network that hears "racial" and "ethnic" "code words" and "dog whistles" at every turn, particularly coming as it does just days after the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) recently slammed a major nationwide discount retailer for selling apparel that revolves around the drunken Irishman stereotype?