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 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."

June 30, 2015, 5:41 PM EDT

If you're a Republican presidential candidate, getting an on-air thumbs-up on MSNBC from both a public-radio personality and a pro-abortion-rights activist is not exactly something to brag about to prospective donors or primary voters. But, alas, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-.S.C.) found himself on the receiving end of praise from EMILY's List communications director Jess McIntosh.

June 29, 2015, 9:18 PM EDT

Does Chris Matthews not get hyperbole? Back behind the desk at Hardball tonight after a few days off, the MSNBC host didn't seem to get that presidential candidate Bobby Jindal was being rhetorically hyperbolic when he quipped that given how political the Supreme Court has become, he kind of wouldn't mind abolishing the high court.

June 25, 2015, 6:16 PM EDT

The Supreme Court's opinion authored by Chief Justice John Roberts in the King v. Burwell case was classic conservative judicial philosophy, argues the Daily Beast's Jay Michaelson.

June 25, 2015, 3:58 PM EDT

"Fox News has officially dropped 'The Five' co-host Bob Beckel from the network, saying the show could no longer be held 'hostage' to his personal issues," Dylan Byers of Politico reported earlier this afternoon, citing initial coverage by Mediaite.

June 24, 2015, 8:38 PM EDT

Chris Matthews may have gotten thrills up his leg from President Obama, but he could well rival Marilyn Monroe as the bubbliest blond to be taken with the Kennedy boys. Yes, the Hardball host is working on yet ANOTHER book about the Kennedy clan, this one tentatively titled "Bob" and focusing on Robert F. Kennedy.

June 23, 2015, 8:43 PM EDT

It was just a fleeting remark, but quite a telling one. Closing out a segment on his June 23 Hardball program, MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews made reference to Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof in a way which diminished the racist terrorist's responsibility for his actions.

June 23, 2015, 5:51 PM EDT

A flummoxed Chris Matthews last night flatly declared, insisted, really, that there was absolutely "nothing" that Hillary Clinton had to hide in her emails and hence there really is nothing untoward that she did hide by conducting her email correspondence as Secretary of State on her own privately-owned-and-controlled email server. 

If anything, what Hillary's probably hiding is merely "political" stuff like innocuous emails to elected officials or perhaps emails to old donors asking how their kids are doing, Matthews insisted.

June 22, 2015, 9:36 PM EDT

A jubilant Chris Matthews hailed Pope Francis's recent comments suggesting that Christians who make a living by manufacturing or selling weapons are hypocrites. Of course back in 2009, Matthews blasted a Catholic bishop for daring to insist that Catholic politicians need to put the teachings of the Church on human life above their fealty to the abortion rights lobby.

June 19, 2015, 5:40 PM EDT

Jeb Bush, a convert to the faith, is a bad Catholic who all but denies the dogma of papal infallibility. That's an argument put forward by that eminent Catholic scholar... Jonathan Alter?! Yup, Alter made that argument on the June 19 edition of Now with Alex Wagner as he reacted to the former Florida governor's dismissal of Pope Francis's views on climate change as promulgated in his latest encyclical.

June 18, 2015, 8:27 PM EDT

Seeking to make sense of what motivated Dylann Roof to shoot innocent worshipers at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., to death, MSNBC contributor Eugene Robinson and MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews agreed that there was some mystical role that the "atmosphere" of hate in the Palmetto State played. For his part, Matthews likened it to JFK's assassination in November 1963, insisting that although he was a leftist politically, Lee Harvey Oswald was affected by the climate of "right-wing" antipathy towards the president.

June 18, 2015, 6:39 PM EDT

The Daily Beast's Cheat Sheet Digest gave its thumbs-up to President Obama's talk of increased gun control in the wake of Wednesday night's deadly Charleston, S.C., church shooting. 

June 16, 2015, 9:52 PM EDT

With the Vatican reportedly set to release a document soon which, among other things, holds that climate change is a manmade phenomenon, MSNBC host Chris Matthews devoted an entire segment which all but suggested that not only are conservative Republicans "science deniers," they're anti-Catholic.

But in the midst of all that, Matthews also found room to slam Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) as "Ayatollah-ish" for stating that it's arrogant to think man can change the Earth's climate and that God has somehow relinquished His control of the planet.

June 16, 2015, 6:45 PM EDT

I have to admit, watching liberals divide into two mutually-exclusive camps over the Rachel Dolezal "transracial" nonsense is kinda fun. Samantha Allen of the Daily Beast comes down squarely on the side that attacks Dolezal's actions as inexcusable, in no small part because it may be "damaging" the push for cultural normalization of transgenderism.