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
May 1, 2015, 3:44 PM EDT

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.

April 30, 2015, 9:21 PM EDT

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.

April 29, 2015, 9:30 PM EDT

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."

April 29, 2015, 5:04 PM EDT

Bloods member Nikko Caldwell insisted in an interview with MSNBC's Toure that the gang's truce with their rivals the Crips would continue indefinitely because they have made the right ties with certain "political officials" in the city. The Cycle co-host completely dropped the ball after such a shocking admission, however, when he failed to ask Caldwell to name names.

April 28, 2015, 8:34 PM EDT

Left-wing Democratic Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes thinks that use of the word "thug" to describer the rioters and looters who rampaged through Baltimore Monday night is code word for, well, the N-word. Stokes  Burnett by saying "you wouldn't call your child a thug if they should do something that would not be what you would expect them to do." 

April 27, 2015, 10:40 PM EDT

According to Hardball host Chris Matthews, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is the victim of opportunistic critics "trying to hang" Baltimore's Democratic mayor for her now-infamous statement in which she said that her city's police force tried to give rioters "space" within which they could "destroy" stuff.

April 27, 2015, 9:38 PM EDT

Right to work states south of Maryland are partly to blame for the rioting in Baltimore, Hardball host Chris Matthews suggested as he wrapped a Monday night interview via satellite with former NAACP president and former Congressman Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.): "I wish the jobs hadn't first gone south, Congressman, because that's where they went first. And they went to the right-to-work states, you know where they went, where the unions didn't have any power. You could get people to work for nothing and the stuff wasn't that good that was made down there."

April 24, 2015, 1:44 PM EDT

Mexican human traffickers were positively giddy when Republicans held up the Loretta Lynch confirmation vote, Daily Beast writer Michael Daly insisted in his April 24 story "New Attorney General Loretta Lynch Is Sex Traffickers’ Worst Nightmare."

April 23, 2015, 8:48 PM EDT

One week ago tonight, Chris Matthews told his Hardball audience that Florida mailman Doug Hughes should pay for his illegal gyrocopter stunt by being sentenced to community service consisting of Hughes lecturing Congress for an hour on campaign finance reform. Tonight Matthews doubled down on that suggestion and gave Hughes a platform on MSNBC's airwaves.

April 23, 2015, 4:12 PM EDT

This Friday, April 24, will mark 100 years since the beginning of the Armenian genocide at the hands of the Ottoman government in what is present-day Turkey. The Washington Post apparently saw it a fitting occasion to accept a full-page A-section advertisement by an organization which essentially denies the holocaust of millions of Armenians by the Turks.

April 22, 2015, 8:32 PM EDT

Tonight with his interview of former South Carolina Republican Congressman Bob Inglis, MSNBC's Hardball host Chris Matthews worked a trifecta of Matthewsian tropes into one segment: adulation of all things Kennedy, bashing the GOP as "anti-science," and praising a renegade Republican for taking a liberal position on a policy issue, in this case a so-called carbon tax.

April 22, 2015, 5:25 PM EDT

In a Variety magazine profile piece published days before Cecily Strong takes to the podium to emcee the White House Correspondents Association dinner, Saturday Night Live player Cecily Strong gushed that President Obama is  "an amazingly funny guy" and "maybe our funniest president." Variety senior editor Ted Johnson noted that Strong's brother helped out in Obama's 2004 U.S. Senate campaign and that Strong is a huge fan of Stephen Colbert's turn at the emcee duties back in 2006, wherein he savaged President Bush.

April 22, 2015, 3:45 PM EDT

While Chris Matthews's April 21 interview with President Obama was not brimming with obsequious fawning nor visible leg tingles, he nonetheless squandered an opportunity that a more assertive journalist might have taken to scrutinize President Obama, particularly on his handling of the Iranian nuclear negotiations. 

April 21, 2015, 9:18 PM EDT

Salon editor-at-large Joan Walsh is not worried in the least about Iran's arming/equipping of anti-Israel, anti-American Houthi rebels in Yemen, nor in the Islamic Republic obtaining Russian-made surface-to-air missiles which could take down American or Israeli jets seeking to bomb nuclear facilities.

"This is a nuclear deal, it's not an everything deal," Walsh huffed in reaction to mild concerns voiced by Hardball host Chris Matthews and former Rep. Harold Ford (D-Tenn.), concerns not so much about the folly of the nuclear deal itself but in how Iran's actions are making it harder for President Obama to find support in Congress.

April 21, 2015, 4:21 PM EDT

On Monday's Hardball program, Chris Matthews and gang worked furiously to shield Hillary Clinton from legitimate scrutiny over foreign donations to the Clinton Global Initiative, with Matthews grousing that the former secretary of state was facing a GOP "firing squad" who were hoping to bring about the "crib death" of the Clinton presidential campaign.

April 20, 2015, 9:01 PM EDT

Former Arkansas governor and potential 2016 Republican presidential contender Mike Huckabee may well be guilty of sedition, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews charged on his April 20 program. The offense which merits the charge?: Huckabee urging Americans to not enlist in the U.S. military until after President Obama leaves office.

April 20, 2015, 3:58 PM EDT

"Why is humor at the expense of Hillary Clinton something of a national pastime now?" laments the subheader to a teaser headline on msnbc.com's front page today, "Why comics have a field day with Hillary."

April 17, 2015, 2:39 PM EDT

A new survey by CareerCast.com shows that three journalistic professions fall inside the top ten "worst" jobs to have, reports Fortune.com

April 16, 2015, 9:15 PM EDT

Hardball host Chris Matthews htold viewers of his April 16 program what he considers the perfect punishment for Doug Hughes, the Tampa, Florida postal carrier who landed a gyrocopter on the West Lawn of the Capitol yesterday: Make him do "community service" wherein he addresses a joint session of Congress about the need for campaign finance reform.

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.