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
April 16, 2015, 8:13 PM EDT

In some ways, the gaffetastic Chris Matthews is the Joe Biden of cable news. Tonight on his Hardball program, the liberal pundit seemed to think that Blockbuster video stores are a fairly ubiquitous thing in suburban and small-town America. In point of fact, Blockbuster closed up shop entirely in January of 2014, felled by the ease and convenience of cable TV video-on-demand and video-streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

April 15, 2015, 8:23 PM EDT

MSNBC host Chris Matthews loves to slander Republicans as often speaking in code or blowing racial "dog-whistles." Of course, doing that could open him up to charges of the same when he speaks carelessly.

April 15, 2015, 6:18 PM EDT

In the midst of a jovial roundtable discussion this afternoon on the matter, MSNBC's Alex Wagner seems rather bemused rather than alarmed by 61-year-old postal worker Doug Hughes landing a gyro-copter on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, violating restricted airspace and creating a major security scare among local and federal law enforcement.

April 15, 2015, 5:28 PM EDT

Krystal Ball is not too keen on Hillary Clinton's campaign shtick. In a segment discussing the former secretary of state's carefully-staged campaign swings in Iowa, The Cycle co-host and former Virginia congressional candidate confessed Hillary's campaign rollout isn't doing much for her, and, she suspects, that's probably true of how it's being received by most voters.

April 14, 2015, 9:23 PM EDT

There was no way that Chris Matthews was going to let the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's assassination pass without using it as an occasion to slander the GOP as a "Jim Crow"-loving racist party unworthy of the label Party of Lincoln.

April 14, 2015, 5:34 PM EDT

Thinking they're on to an aha moment, catching Louisiana's Republican governor in gross hypocrisy, today hits Bobby Jindal for refusing to release some work emails. 

April 13, 2015, 8:07 PM EDT

It only took race-obsessed MSNBC host Chris Matthews about two and a half minutes tonight to get to his first thinly-veiled attack on the GOP as a racist party. 

April 9, 2015, 8:58 PM EDT

In the midst of discussing Kate Andersen Brower's new book The Residence -- a behind-the-scenes look at the White House told from the perspectives for domestic staff there -- Hardball host Chris Matthews sought to innocently explain away an account in the book where first daughter Chelsea Clinton referred to Secret Service agents as "pigs." 

April 8, 2015, 8:25 PM EDT

Appearing on the Wednesday edition of Hardball, House Assistant Minority Leader Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) essentially blamed the conservative-leaning American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) for the, apparently unjustified shooting of South Carolina man Walter Scott by North Charleston police officer Michael Slager. For his part, host Chris Matthews failed to object to out-of-far-left-field charge and, what's more, praised his guest as someone for whom he has "a lot of respect."

April 7, 2015, 8:54 PM EDT

Earlier today, appearing on a segment with Thomas Roberts, a visibly agitated -- more so than usual -- Chris Matthews sputteringly spewed invective against neo-con war "pigs" who he insists are behind an attack ad leveled at Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in light of his having said previously that we should negotiate with Iran over its nuclear program. Tonight, opening up the Tuesday edition of Hardball, he dialed down the heat a little bit but kept much of the substance of his tirade intact.

April 7, 2015, 5:26 PM EDT

MSNBC's point-man on all things voter ID-related, Zachary Roth, has glommed on to Jeb Bush's accidentally check-marking himself as Hispanic on a voter registration form to argue essentially, that most Americans are dumb and unreliable to take the effort to register themselves to vote and, thereby, government should take over and automatically register all eligible citizens.

April 6, 2015, 9:46 PM EDT

"Social group whose primary activities include lewdness & intemperance, & whose recruits suffer humiliation & sadism, sues for defamation." That was a tweet from Washington Post "newspaperman" Dan Zak at 7:39 p.m. Monday evening. 

April 3, 2015, 5:43 PM EDT

Damon Root at the Hit & Run blog at has an excellent post today taking the New York Times to task for its hypocrisy on the question of free-speech rights for corporations. 

April 3, 2015, 1:36 PM EDT

Here's some helpful advice for newsroom assignment editors and TV producers: put Hans Bader of the Competitive Enterprise Institute in your address book for the next time a controversy erupts regarding a state's religious-freedom protection laws. 

April 2, 2015, 9:04 PM EDT

Two days ago I noted how Hardball host Chris Matthews slandered Catholic nuns in Indiana as bigots who want to deprive gay Americans of their rights. Tonight, the evening of Holy Thursday, Matthews was not as explicit or as strident in language, but he did hint that the nuns who appeared with Gov. Mike Pence at his signing ceremony for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act earlier this week were not there because they're champions of religious liberty.

April 2, 2015, 6:51 PM EDT

Liberal constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe may be one of the men who inspired President Obama politically, but he strongly disagrees with his power grab regarding EPA regulation now, and so all bets are off as far as the Daily Beast's Eleanor Clift is concerned.

April 2, 2015, 1:15 AM EDT

Race-obsessed left-wing Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy, who happens to be black, took to his keyboard recently to hack out a passive-aggressive lament about a traffic stop in which a Latino officer pulled him over and did a professional "by the book" job in handling the incident.

April 1, 2015, 7:46 PM EDT
"I think he's smarter than anybody here right now. And I think he will know that, I hope he knows that."
That was MSNBC's Chris Matthews's admittedly "hopeful" thinking that President Barack Obama has got the Iranian nuclear negotiations under control and is hammering out a workable deal which will prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons and pave the way for long-term regional stability.
March 31, 2015, 9:10 PM EDT

Leave it to Chris Matthews, during Holy Week no less, to slander Catholic nuns as anti-gay bigots.

The Hardball host made the charge today during the conclusion to a heated debate segment pitting Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) against former RNC chairman Michael Steele on the issue of Indiana's brand-new Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

March 31, 2015, 4:41 PM EDT

If Chris Matthews thought he could trip up and embarrass Russell Moore, the head of the South Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, he was most certainly disappointed.