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
January 16, 2015, 4:38 PM EST

"OLD SCHOOL POPE" blares the teaser headline at msnbc.com. "Francis finds fault with gay marriage," notes the subheader promoting Michele Richinick's story on the pontiff's remarks made during a visit to the Philippines.

January 15, 2015, 6:20 PM EST

"'Selma' Snubbed" lamented the teaser headline on msnbc.com for Joseph Neese's Academy Awards nomination story. "Director Ava DuVernay doesn't make Oscar cut," complained the subheader. But in fact Selma was not completely "snubbed," garnering two nominations, including the top prize, Best Picture.

January 14, 2015, 3:56 PM EST

Atlanta-area conservative talk show host Michael Graham got in a good dig at CNN via Twitter this morning. Take a look.

January 13, 2015, 8:47 PM EST

Insisting that the best weapon to deploy against terrorists was "thinking," MSNBC host Chris Hayes on his Wednesday All In program lamented various reactions to last week's Charlie Hebdo spree shooting as uncritical, unthinking overreactions. Lumped in with controversial tweets by Rupert Murdoch and Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas), Hayes blasted the lower house of the French National Assembly for voting overwhelmingly to ramp up airstrikes against ISIS, saying that "thinking is always, and remains, our best weapon" against terrorism.

January 12, 2015, 8:30 PM EST

While admitting that it was a shame that President Obama was a no-show for Sunday's unity rally in Paris, MSNBC contributor Howard Fineman offered that actor George Clooney's "Je Suis Charlie" speech at Sunday evening's Golden Globes award show was in some sense just as well as representation of America's solidarity with France.

January 12, 2015, 5:37 PM EST

Earlier this afternoon, Yahoo! News editors slapped an incredibly disrespectful, smarmy headline on to a story from the Agence France Presse detailing what transpired Friday afternoon in the hostage-taking at Hyper Cacher, a kosher grocery in Paris.

"Wannabe hero killed in Paris hostage drama, survivor recalls," read the headline. Perhaps thinking better of the matter, editors later changed the headline to "Survivor recalls Paris hostage drama at Jewish supermarket"

January 12, 2015, 4:36 PM EST

Covering Phi Kappa Psi's reinstatement at UVa., MSNBC.com's Irin Carmon steadfastly refused to describe the Rolling Stone story which dragged the fraternity through the mud as a "discredited" story.

Although Charlottesville police investigated and found no evidence whatsoever to substantiate that a gang rape occurred in the Phi Kappa Psi house back in September 2012, as alleged in Sabrina Rubin Erdeley's story, Carmon describes Erdeley's article as merely "disputed" in points of fact rather than thoroughly "discredited":

January 9, 2015, 1:48 PM EST

During special live coverage Friday afternoon of the hostage standoff situation in Paris related to the deadly January 7 terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices, Fox News anchor Shep Smith took New York Times London bureau chief Steve Erlanger to task for cavalierly suggesting that Fox News was not being "careful" in its reporting on the matter.

January 8, 2015, 8:24 PM EST

Equipped with two liberal journalists and moderate Republican Michael Steele, MSNBC's Chris Matthews set about on his January 8 Hardball program to bash Sen. Lindsey Graham (R), former Amb. John Bolton, and talk-show host Rush Limbaugh for their criticism of President Obama's handling of the war on terrorism in light of the deadly terroristic shooting spree at the Paris headquarters of Charlie Hebdo yesterday.

January 8, 2015, 5:34 PM EST

MSNBC host Joy Reid closed her January 8 program with a commentary that explored the question of whether the news media have consistent, objective criteria for labeling violent and destructive acts as terrorism. Reid's commentary was pegged to the difference in news coverage between the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris and a botched bombing of an NAACP chapter office in Colorado.

January 7, 2015, 8:49 PM EST

Hardball host Chris Matthews is no rightie, but when it comes to Islamist terrorism, he takes a decidedly more conservative posture than others on his network. Witness Matthews's opening tease to Hardball tonight.

January 7, 2015, 5:15 PM EST

"Obama agenda, meet the wrecking ball," the Daily Beast's Patricia Murphy groused as she opened her January 7 piece, "The Republican War on Kale." Murphy took issue with Senate Republicans setting their sights on a wildly unpopular element of the Obama agenda: the federal overhaul of school-lunch programs all over the country.

January 6, 2015, 9:11 PM EST

Doubling down on his comments on yesterday's Hardball, MSNBC host Chris Matthews held out that even if Hillary Clinton were to wage a dreadfully-run campaign, there's no way she would lose to a GOP nominee who disagrees with same-sex marriage and is pro-life.

January 5, 2015, 9:14 PM EST

Hillary Clinton must be giddy at the thought of facing off against former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R), a social conservative and former Baptist preacher, MSNBC host Chris Matthews argued on the January 5 edition of his Hardball program.

January 5, 2015, 5:59 PM EST

The Castro regime is NOT living up to its end of the bargain it cut in mid-December with the Obama administration to release more than 50 political prisoners, Wall Street Journal op-ed columnist Mary Anastasia O'Grady noted in her January 5 column, "Where Are Cuba's Political Prisoners?"

January 2, 2015, 3:13 PM EST

Prospective 2016 Democratic presidential contender Gov. Martin O'Malley decided to close out 2014 with an announcement that he would be commuting the death sentences of four Maryland death-row inmates who were in a virtual state of limbo -- eligible for execution but unable to be executed due to the state lacking an appropriate protocol for lethal injections. 

Reporting the story in the January 1, 2015 edition, Washington Post staffer John Wagner front-loaded the article with praise for "practicing Catholic" O'Malley's, waiting until the eighth paragraph for the first mention of criticism of the move. 

December 30, 2014, 12:10 AM EST

Not only did the Metropolitan Police Department warn producers for Meet the Press back in December 2012 that then-host David Gregory possessing a high-capacity ammunition magazine at NBC studios would be a misdemeanor weapons offense, the MPD shortly thereafter worked up an arrest warrant for Gregory when he displayed such a magazine on national television from the NBC network's Washington, D.C. studio. But it took some legal wrangling for a conservative blogger to get a federal judge to order the District of Columbia's finest to hand over the affidavit that MPD officers filed in the course of seeking an arrest warrant for Gregory.

December 18, 2014, 8:55 PM EST

"Not once can I remember him being truly mean" when doing his shtick, Hardball host Chris Matthews gushed of Stephen Colbert during the "Let Me Finish" closing commentary for his December 18 program. Matthews was effusive in praise as he noted Thursday night would see the final edition of The Colbert Report before the comedian takes over the reins at CBS's Late Show from David Letterman.

Does Matthews not recall the 2006 White House Correspondents Association dinner which Colbert emceed? The liberal comedian savaged President Bush and conservatives in a decidedly hard-nosed comedy routine that violated the cardinal rule of WHCA dinners: the night is about poking fun and ribbing both sides of the aisle, not shoving a knife in the president and twisting it.

December 18, 2014, 4:21 PM EST

Kudos are in order for the Daily Beast's Michael Daly and his attention to how "Cuba Protects America’s Most Wanted." While many in the liberal media are uncritically heralding President Obama's push for normalized relations with the Communist dictatorship, Mr. Daly points out the matter of how the Castro regime has granted asylum for American fugitives from justice.

December 17, 2014, 9:13 PM EST

During a discussion on Wednesday's Hardball about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's reticence to speak out on pressing political issues and her tendency to eschew spontaneity in favor of carefully crafted, calculated statements, panelist Michelle Bernard did raise the point that Clinton has tended to evolve over time to be what she thinks her audience wants her to be. As an example, she raised the audio recording that came to light earlier this year wherein she chuckled as she recalled her successful defense of an alleged child rapist.

Yet when Bernard brought up that allegation, fellow panelist and leftist writer David Corn of Mother Jones magazine objected strenuously, trying to keep Bernard from recounting the details of the incident.