U.S. News & World Report's Susan Milligan wildly spun for Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton on the May 20 edition of Hardball when she insisted that the fact that her supporters cannot name a single accomplishment of hers as Secretary of State is, well, "unfair."
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.
In a segment on Tuesday's Hardball with Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead, MSNBC's Chris Matthews insisted that as was the case with the late Johnny Carson, he couldn't tell where exactly late-night comic Dave Letterman fell on the political spectrum.
In her May 19 piece, "Maxim Just Became Your New Feminist Bible," Daily Beast writer Emily Shire hailed the men's magazine for selecting musician Taylor Swift as the cover girl for its latest edition, containing a "Hot List" of female celebrities. Shire was delighted at the choice of Swift and of the photo itself which "emphasizes Swift’s piercing, brooding eyes" and hold her forth as "a woman rather than a set of breasts—and a successful woman, at that."
But all the same, Shire wishes Maxim might be a little bit, well, bolder and make say actress Lena Dunham or presidential candidate Hillary Clinton the cover girl.
If you were to believe Chris Matthews, his fellow Catholic, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) has recently stated his support for traditional marriage only because he's "looking out for his right flank." Among the evidences? Well, Bush told the Christian Broadcasting Network that he believes marriage is a "sacrament." Of course, that is the official teaching of the Catholic Church, and supposedly believed by Catholics of all political stripes, Mr. Matthews included.
To MSNBC's Emma Margolin, it's "troubling" that former Florida governor Jeb Bush doesn't think there's a constitutional right for persons to enter into a same-sex marriage. But what's even more "troubling" to her is his defense of religious freedom claims when it comes to Christian business owners being asked to cater, plan, or photograph a same-sex wedding ceremony.
B.B. King passed away Thursday night at the age of 89. The legendary musician is being remembered fondly by Twitter users the world over and, as such, is a trending topic on the social-media site today. But in an explanatory note for why he's trending, Twitter curators apparently had to make it all about President Obama.
As we all know, MSNBC is painstakingly conscientious to avoid showing any depiction of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, out of a profession of cultural sensitivity and a desire to avoid needless offense to practicing Muslims. But when it comes to Christians who would object to taking the Lord's name in vain, well, that's a different story apparently. Witness the May 14 -- Ascension Day nonetheless! -- edition of All In with Chris Hayes.
I report, you decide, but it looks to me like MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews worked in a thinly-veiled dig at colleague Chris Hayes, who is an editor-at-large for the leftist magazine The Nation.
In two separate segments on his May 13 Hardball program, MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews blamed "turns" on the Amtrak passenger rail route for Tuesday night's train crash. Matthews lamented that Amtrak rights-of-way must respect private property and that it's so much more difficult in the United States than say China for the government to muscle its way into providing as straight a shot as possible for passenger rail lines.
Republican Congressmen are so wedded to slashing federal infrastructure spending that they don't care that their own staffers are riding around on unsafe Metrorail subway cars.
That, essentially, was the charge that MSNBC's Luke Russert made at the close of a segment on Now with Alex Wagner devoted to bashing Republicans for proposed cuts to Amtrak and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).
Huffington Post writer Lila Shapiro grossly distorted and in some instances completely fabricated what a pro-traditional marriage advocate told her during an improptu interview during the March for Marriage. That's the allegation of one Andrew Jacob Cuff in a post today at First Things. Cuff, an Orthodox Christian and a grad student in church history at the Catholic University of America, detailed both his interactions with Shaprio and his chagrin at reading his grossly distortive write-up. Here's an excerpt:
MSNBC terrorism expert Evan Kohlmann insisted on tonight's Hardball program that Pam Geller was dangerously close to committing "hate crimes" with her "draw Muhammad" events. Kohlmann also compared the Jewish co-founder of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) to the Nazis by way of invoking the Reichstag fire that the Nazis set as in February 1933 as a pretext to seizing power.
For his part, host Chris Matthews failed to rebuke Kohlmann for his incendiary comparison.
In an interview this evening with former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell (D-Maine), Hardball host Chris Matthews offered his conspiracy theory regarding Republican opposition to the nuclear deal President Obama is brokering with Iran. For his part, Mitchell gently demurred and brushed off Matthews's allegation, as well as his query as to whether his voicing it made him an "extremist."
In a shockingly candid moment betraying his sexist view of Republican female politicians, Hardball host Chris Matthews mused Tuesday night that Carly Fiorina may lob "scurrilous" attacks at Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton while banking on her gender to shield her from scrutiny. He also envisioned Republican suburban housewives sneaking out of the house to vote for Hillary without "telling hubby."
Last October I took msnbc.com to task for a misleading story by writer Michele Richinick about the lewd conduct arrest of Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts -- who is black -- and her boyfriend -- who is white. Fast forward to Monday, May 4, as Ms. Watts pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of disturbing the peace in exchange for prosecutors dropping charges related to public fornication.
As punishment, Watts and her boyfriend, the Los Angeles Times reported, must "complete 40 hours of community service and write letters apologizing to the LAPD sergeant and an officer, as well as the occupants of a Ventura Boulevard building who reported them to police."
Taking a classic blame-the-victim posture on his May 4 Hardball program, host Chris Matthews joined terrorism expert Evan Kohlmann in blaming The American Freedom Defense Initiative for the would-be terror attack at the Garland, Texas, event on Sunday.
According to MSNBC pundit Michelle Bernard -- best known at NewsBusters perhaps because of her insistence that there is a "war on black boys" in America -- savaged newly-announced GOP presidential aspirant Dr. Ben Carson tonight by alleging his success is all owed to "affirmative action." She also suggested that he's a disgrace to his enslaved ancestors and to the black community in Baltimore, where he's lived throughout his career as an acclaimed neurosurgeon.
On Thursday evening I blogged about how Chris Matthews clumsily used the phrase "crack the whip" when asking a black actor about why the Congressional Black Caucus doesn't do more to push their agenda items in the U.S. Congress.
Well today I discovered that Matthews used similar language in an interview with President Obama from Dcember 2013.
For someone supposedly adept at ferreting out bigoted code-words and racist dog whistles in American political discourse, Chris Matthews was incredibly careless with a turn of phrase on tonight's Hardball: he asked an African-American actor whether the Congressional Black Caucus needs to "crack the whip" when it comes to pushing its agenda for improving America's black communities in the inner city.
Fortune magazine would have you know that the Baltimore Orioles monetary hit from the unrest in Baltimore is "likely to be relative chump change considering the big money it make over the entire season, including from television."