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
December 10, 2014, 8:50 PM EST

Chris Matthews is no fan of retiring conservative Rep. Michele Bachmann (R), but it's rare that he attacks everyday rank-and-file Republican voters. Tonight was an exception as the MSNBC Hardball host excoriated the voters of Minnesota's Sixth Congressional District for repeatedly having elected her to the House of Representatives.

December 9, 2014, 8:35 PM EST

On the December 9 edition of his Hardball program, host Chris Matthews suggested that former Vice President Dick Cheney is a masochist who should not be trusted with the call about when to deploy potentially torturous enhanced interrogation techniques on terrorist detainees.

December 8, 2014, 5:24 PM EST

Democrat Mary Landrieu might have stood a better chance of victory had she run on touchstone liberal Democratic issues. 

That was the argument of a Louisiana political science professor whom Time magazine turned to for comment in its post-mortem of the senior Louisiana senator's landslide loss on Saturday to Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy.

December 3, 2014, 8:16 PM EST

At the end of an interview with New York Democratic Congressmen Charlie Rangel and Gregory Meeks on tonight's edition of Hardball, MSNBC's Chris Matthews implored fellow Catholic Rangel to get in touch with Pope Francis to get him to speak out about the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the choke-hold death of Eric Garner on Staten Island, New York.

December 3, 2014, 5:29 PM EST

Andrew Lohse is entitled to hacking out an embarrassingly poorly-argued, simplistic screed. But it is curious that editors at Time magazine chose to publish it. When you boil it down, Lohse essentially argues that fraternities are beyond the pale and must be abolished because of their genesis in the antebellum South.

 

December 2, 2014, 8:51 PM EST

If you plan on running for president as a Republican in 2016, it's safe to say that Chris Matthews is not exactly an endorsement you'd covet. While the Hardball host didn't officially give his seal of approval to  Jeb Bush, he made pretty clear on his December 2 program that he respects the former Florida governor, seeing him as an anti-Ted Cruz.

December 1, 2014, 8:45 PM EST

TMZ Politics has a great tweet tonight that summarizes the absolute absurdity of the liberal national news media's priorities.

December 1, 2014, 4:03 PM EST

If you want to have less Fergusons, you'll need more college-educated cops walking the beat. That's the essential thesis of Keli Goff's latest piece at the Daily Beast.

November 25, 2014, 5:43 PM EST

Conservative writer Ben Howe earlier today shared via Twitter a screen grab from his smartphone that capably summarizes the difference between matter-of-fact, fair and balanced reporting and sensationalistic, biased reporting. 

"A tale of two breaking news alerts," Howe quipped, hat-tipping his wife Breanne and including a screen capture from a smartphone showing a drastic difference in breaking-news alerts from Fox News and CNN.

November 24, 2014, 8:35 PM EST

Appearing on the November 24 edition of Hardball, MSNBC contributor Michelle Bernard called for the federal Justice Department to "get involved" in prosecuting Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson regardless of the outcome of the St. Louis County grand jury investigation. Bernard insisted that Brown was the latest "casualty" of a nationwide "war on black boys." 

November 24, 2014, 3:43 PM EST

Earlier today, NewsBusters's Tom Blumer noted how the Washington Post's Zachary Goldfarb took it upon himself to fact-check a Saturday Night Live skit from the November 22 edition of the comedy show which made fun of President Obama's executive amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Well it turns out the Post is not alone. The Daily Beast's Jack Holmes took the time today to lament how "[o]n many of the finer points of this issue... SNL was wide of the mark."

November 21, 2014, 3:42 PM EST

“What do we want?”
“Darren Wilson!”
“How do we want him?”
“Dead!”

That's a call-and-response chant of radical, bloodthirsty protesters outside the police department in Ferguson, Mo., on Thursday, Nov. 20, as reported by freelancer Justin Glawe, writing at the Daily Beast.

November 20, 2014, 9:52 PM EST

Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes are hardly devout Christians, but they shouted out hearty "Amens" to President Obama's deployment of scripture to make his case for executive amnesty.

November 20, 2014, 9:04 PM EST

On Wednesday's Hardball, Daily Beast columnist Jonathan Alter insisted that President Obama's executive amnesty would lead to Latinos being squarely in the Democratic column for decades and even revering the president with portraits in the living rooms, much like white Appalachians in years gone by had hung portraits of FDR in theirs.Tonight on Twitter, Alter rehashed that lame and frankly insulting talking point shortly after President Obama's speech.

November 20, 2014, 7:40 PM EST

Wildly spinning a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showing just 38 percent support President Obama's planned executive amnesty while 48 percent oppose it, Huffington Post's Howard Fineman offered that it's possible "some" of those opposed are against it from Obama's left, thinking it doesn't go far enough.

November 19, 2014, 8:39 PM EST

According to Daily Beast columnist Jonathan Alter, President Obama's executive amnesty could so well place Latinos into the Democratic column that Latino homes will grace their living rooms with portraits of the 44th president. 

November 19, 2014, 5:47 PM EST

Tomorrow night, Barack Obama is set to announce an executive amnesty by which he will refuse to enforce U.S. immigration law by halting deportations of illegal immigrants. The president's in-your-face disregard for his constitutional obligations as the nation's chief executive have left some congressional Republicans mulling over the possibility of defunding said executive amnesty as a condition of the continuing resolution to fund the federal government.

So naturally MSNBC anchor and veteran Obama apologist Ed Schultz took to his November 19 program to denounce said Republicans as overstepping their bounds.

November 18, 2014, 8:58 PM EST

Earlier today in a press conference, Speaker of the House John Boehner made a quip about President Obama's veto threat of a bill to authorize the Keystone XL oil pipeline which indirectly referenced Jonathan Gruber's infamous "stupidity of the American voter" line regarding the selling of ObamaCare. 

Hardball host Chris Matthews played the clip on his November 18 program, but seemed completely oblivious as to its meaning, instead using the remark as an opportunity to demand Keystone supporter Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) to denounce Boehner's supposed ad hominem attack on environmentalists who oppose building the pipeline.

November 18, 2014, 5:36 PM EST

MSNBC is no stranger to guest panelists from the New York Times, but don't expect Times writer Russ Buettner to appear on the network's air anytime soon as Mr. Buettner gave readers of the November 18 paper a look at how "Questions About [Rev. Al] Sharpton’s Finances Accompany His Rise in Influence."

November 17, 2014, 8:58 PM EST

On the November 17 edition of Hardball, MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews and MSNBC contributors Howard Fineman and Eugene Robinson offered some criticism, albeit pretty mild, of President Obama's veto threat for a bill which would greenlight the Keystone XL oil pipeline.