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
July 22, 2015, 8:32 PM EDT

After all these years, Chris Matthews still hasn't lost that lovin' feeling. The MSNBC host spent a total of two minutes and 12 seconds on Wednesday night hitting Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) for a line comparing Donald Trump to Barack Obama. "Look how he's lived his life. He's done everything right," Matthews began, going on to explain how Obama is "perfect" and "immaculate."

July 21, 2015, 7:55 PM EDT

For the second segment of his July 22 Hardball program, MSNBC's Chris Matthews took a brief break from his priority on Trump-bashing to effusively praise the latest GOP presidential primary entrant, Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio), whom he once dreamed on air of accepting a vice presidential nomination from Democrat Hillary Clinton.

July 21, 2015, 5:14 PM EDT

Shocking revelations about Planned Parenthood's sale of unborn-baby organs for medical research "doesn’t mean that research on fetal tissue is wrong Or that it should be stopped," TIME magazine's Alice Park lectured today in her piece, "Why We Still Need Fetal Tissue Research."

July 20, 2015, 8:41 PM EDT

All three broadcast network evening newscasts on Monday had stories related to last week's spree shooting in Chattanooga that left four Marines and one sailor dead. But only CBS reported how the governors of seven states thus far are authorizing National Guardsmen to concealed-carry their own personal firearms while on state National Guard property.

July 20, 2015, 8:28 PM EDT

The Big Three broadcast network evening newscasts spent a total of 11 minutes and 19 seconds on Donald Trump's dismissive remarks regarding John McCain's heroic endurance of brutality at the hands of the North Vietnamese during his time as a prisoner of war.

July 20, 2015, 5:49 PM EDT

Leave it to the leftists at Salon.com to blame the victim.

Writer Scott Eric Kaufman today blasted conservative pundit Ben Shapiro for alerting police to a threat of violence from transgendered journal Zoey -- formerly Bob -- Tur. While Kaufman allowed that "Tur was clearly in the wrong to threaten Shapiro," Kaufman whined that Shapiro was "playing a coward's game here":

July 17, 2015, 12:12 PM EDT

Really, CNN?!

July 16, 2015, 8:56 PM EDT

Both ABC's World News Tonight and NBC's Nightly News on Thursday evening devoted full stories to Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner's acceptance speech at last night ESPY Awards. Although Jenner's receiving the award was controversial even among liberal supporters of transgender rights -- critics charged there were far more deserving potential recipients  -- neither ABC's Elizabeth Vargas nor NBC's Hallie Jackson explored that angle.

July 16, 2015, 5:03 PM EDT

If you can't counter the message, character-assassinate the messenger. That, apparently, is Daily Beast writer Samantha Allen's tack regarding the sting video wherein a Planned Parenthood official discusses selling aborted-baby body parts above break-even rates to medical researchers. 

July 15, 2015, 5:58 PM EDT

In a surprising moment of candor during a paneli discussion about the new Planned Parenthood sting video by the Center for Medical Progress, MSNBC guest Cristina Beltran protested that what's "really horrific" is not selling the body parts of aborted babies for medical research but "women being forced to bear children against their will." For Beltran, donating aborted baby part is no different than an organ donor giving his or her eyes or other organs away after he or she dies.

July 15, 2015, 2:54 PM EDT

Seeking to hook his readers early in his piece, "The Magic of New York Hotel Bars," Newsweek senior writer Alexander Nazaryan opened his July 15 feature by noting the genesis of the John Edwards-Rielle Hunter affair was in one such bar. 

July 15, 2015, 12:04 AM EDT

We've long known that the Associated Press is loath to refer to unborn children as unborn children, preferring the clinical term "fetus." But in covering a shocking new story about how Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissue from aborted babies for profit, the AP bent over backwards to use clinical euphemisms to soften the blow of the ghoulish practice.

July 10, 2015, 5:08 PM EDT

"Far from becoming more open, the Catholic Church is doubling down on its homophobia," groused the liberal website Daily Beast.

July 9, 2015, 8:36 PM EDT

Politico media correspondent Dylan Byers is reporting that the publisher of Ted Cruz's new book inquired of the New York Times why, exactly, his popular new book A Time for Truth was not included on the bestseller list.

July 9, 2015, 6:47 PM EDT

Women in the Badger State "are set to pay the price for [Gov. Scott] Walker's [presidential] campaign," Daily Beast writer Samantha Allen concluded her screed of an article "Wisconsin’s Cruel 20-Week Abortion Ban."

July 8, 2015, 9:15 PM EDT

From distorting his voting record to calling the junior senator from Texas a latter-day McCarthy, MSNBC host Chris Matthews has made pretty clear his visceral disdain for Tea Party conservative and Republican presidential aspirant Ted Cruz. Tonight, however, Cruz entered into the lion's den itself, sitting down with Matthews for an interview on Hardball.

July 7, 2015, 9:15 PM EDT

MSNBC host Chris Matthews used a portion of his July 7 Hardball interview with Rudy Giuliani to get the moderate Republican to express his wish that his party soften both its tone and policy positions on immigration, social issues, and the environment. 

July 7, 2015, 5:15 PM EDT

Baptist-affiliated Baylor University has elected to change language in its student sexual conduct policy such that it removes a ban on "homosexual acts" while maintaining that "the biblical understanding that human sexuality is a gift from God." and that sexual affections are  to "be expressed in the context of marital fidelity."

This move seems to meet at least the begrudging approval of of the liberal-leaning Houston Chronicle's Benjamin Wermund, who laments that in the past Baylor "has at times been slow to change with the world around it, fearing the wrath of fundamentalists."

July 6, 2015, 9:00 PM EDT

Back in the 2012 Republican presidential primary race, Chris Matthews slammed former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) as a "theocrat" and a "Cro-Magnon" man. On tonight's Hardball program, however, the MSNBC host was actually cordial and low-key. In fact, at no point did he rudely interrupt Santorum mid-sentence or badger his guest by trying to talk him into a corner with a gotcha question. 

That said, as you can see from the agenda of questions transcribed below, Matthews by no means abandoned his liberal conventional wisdom nor his left-wing bias. What's more, for his part, Santorum gently but firmly pushed back against some of Matthew's talking points about immigration and the liberal media's fascination with the Confederate flag issue

June 30, 2015, 8:46 PM EDT

Last night I noted how Chris Matthews took as literal a hyperbolic statement that Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) made regarding the Supreme Court. Tonight, the Hardball host repeated the attack on Jindal, sneering that it put him in the "clown car."