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.

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January 31, 2011, 10:18 AM EST

Last fall, Richard Dreyfuss launched a civics education program called the Dreyfuss Initiative that promised among other things to look at "a purposeful diverse variety of websites representing disparate political opinions... to foster a discussion related to the future of America." But the Academy Award-winning actor apparently thinks civil political discourse includes left-wing radio hosts wishing for Dick Cheney's death.

At a January 25 press conference at the National Press Club, CNSNews.com's* Nicholas Ballasy asked Dreyfuss about comments that liberal MSNBC host Ed Schultz had made on his March 11, 2009 radio program wherein he wished that "enemy of the country" former Vice President Dick Cheney would be taken by God to "the Promised Land."

"No, that’s not uncivil. That’s actually kind of a beautifully phrased way of saying something that could be uncivil," Dreyfuss told Ballasy.

[For the full video, click play on the embed that follows after the page break]

January 28, 2011, 3:24 PM EST

Promising his Twitter followers a look at "Rand Paul's Abortion Hypocrisy," Newsweek staffer Ben Adler linked to a January 28 story he wrote for the magazine's The Gaggle blog misleadingly entitled "Rand Paul Wants to Ban Abortions and End Birthright Citizenship."

January 26, 2011, 3:02 PM EST

"[F]or all the surface civility [of the State of the Union], Obama wants to pick a fight, or at least draw a stark contrast, between his jobs-centric philosophy and the GOP’s determination to cut government first and ask questions later."

That's how Politico's Glenn Thrush and Carrie Budoff Brown described the main difference between the president and his Republican congressional opposition in a story filed early Wednesday morning.

Of course, Obama's State of the Union address carried a fresh call for soaking the nation's richest taxpayers and plowing millions into white elephant spending projects such as high-speed rail, but it apparently didn't occur to Thrush and Budoff Brown that Obama's prescription may be to "grow government first and ignore questions later" given the failure of the first stimulus package of his administration.

January 26, 2011, 11:16 AM EST

In his January 26 article "MSNBC's Sarah Palin Sickness," Hollywood Reporter's Paul Bond tackled the left-lurching network's obsession with the former Alaska governor.

"MSNBC’S dependence on Palin was best displayed with the recent shootings in Tucson that left six people dead and Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords critically wounded. MSNBC was crucial in driving the narrative that the killer was egged on by violent political rhetoric, particularly from Palin. Even after it was learned that the shooter was an atheist, flag-burning, Bush-hating, 9/11 Truther who enjoyed joking about abortion (not exactly the portrait of a Palin supporter), MSNBC still did not let up on that story line," Bond noted.

All told in the year 2010 alone, Sarah Palin was the subject of 611 segments on the programs hosted by MSNBC's Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Ed Schultz, and Rachel Maddow. Bond didn't take into account non-primetime MSNBC hosts like Joe Scarborough, Chris Jansing, or Tamron Hall. Adding in those numbers could easily push the total to near or above 1,000.

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January 25, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

Mollie Ziegler Hemingway has an interesting post at Get Religion examining some of the mainstream media coverage surrounding the 38th.

As usual, some of the accounts were found lacking, but Ziegler Hemingway did praised one newspaper for providing not just "a lot of data and explanation of the march" but that touched on "such topics as grace and redemption."

You can read the full post here.

January 25, 2011, 12:40 PM EST

President Obama can mount a comeback from his midterm "shellacking" a la Reagan,  Rick Perlstein argued in a January 23 article.

But the Newsweek contributor wasn't so much thinking of Obama adopting Reaganesque policies so much as mimicking the late president's political style.

For example, Perlstein lamented that Obama seemed chastened just after the midterms, whereas President Reagan was confident, almost defiant in November 1982 (emphases mine):

January 24, 2011, 4:57 PM EST

Yeah. You can't make this stuff up.

From a January 24 entry in the San Francisco Chronicle's City Insider blog:

 

January 24, 2011, 1:44 PM EST

Last Wednesday I wrote about a left-wing anti-Wal-Mart group in Washington, D.C. that published a flyer depicting a crosshairs on the Wal-Mart smiley face icon and called for a "march on the developer's house" in Northwest D.C. after dark on Thursday the 20th.

[That flyer has since been scrubbed from the WalMartFreeDC.org website, but you can see a screen capture of it below the page break]

Various news agencies have covered the story, including the Washington Examiner, which sent a correspondent to cover the protest march.

Only about 25 people showed up at the protest, so it's not precisely front-page news, but a search of Nexis found not even a blurb about the event or the decidedly uncivil and race-baiting rhetoric the group's website espouses in a rap song that warns that Wal-Mart has a "plantation mentality" that "results in black and brown casualties."

January 21, 2011, 5:49 PM EST

"Holy Cross gets nod for new MoCo hospital: Women's advocates concerned."

That's how the Washington Post's online "On Faith" feature teased a Metro section front-pager in the paper's January 21 print edition.

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January 20, 2011, 6:13 PM EST

A liberal radio host who in 2004 referred to Condoleezza Rice as an "Aunt Jemima," is at it again with hateful rhetoric against a female Republican politician. [h/t e-mail tipster Gerald Harrison]

Just don't hold your breath for the guardians of civility in politics at MSNBC to make a federal case of it.

On Monday, WTDY radio host John "Sly" Sylvester mocked Wisconsin's new Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, a cancer survivor.

As WKOW.com reported on Tuesday:

January 20, 2011, 12:59 PM EST

"My comprehension of the English language can't adequately describe the barbaric nature of Dr. [Kermit] Gosnell."

That's how a horrified District Attorney Seth Williams (D) described the abortionist arrested yesterday for murdering newborn babies in his squalid Philadelphia clinic. It appears Gosnell's clinic had been ignored by medical regulators for years as the abortionist performed illegal late-term abortions as well as killed newborn babies by snipping their spinal cords with scissors.

As my colleague Brad Wilmouth noted, CBS "Evening News" ran a story by correspondent Elaine Quijano on the arrest and grand jury investigation into Gosnell's clinic last night. Yet this morning, neither CBS's "Early Show" nor its higher-rated competitors ABC's "Good Morning America" or NBC's "Today" aired so much as an anchor briefing on their January 20 editions.

Producers for network early morning show newscasts apparently weren't as squeamish. ABC's "World News Now" ran a story shortly after 3 a.m. EST and CBS "Morning News" aired the Quijano report shortly after 4 a.m.

January 19, 2011, 6:07 PM EST

"[W]hether you think a ban on police-style assault weapons such as the one Jared Lee Loughner used in Tuscon is good policy or not, it is curious to see that Republicans are not even bothering to make legitimate arguments against such proposals," Newsweek's Ben Adler scoffed in a January 18 The Gaggle blog post:

There is simply no precedent to support the claim that laws preventing civilians from obtaining weapons that can fire 30 bullets without reloading would violate the Second Amendment. This does not mean that one cannot have a valid concern that even constitutional laws place an undue burden on one's freedom, but that is a question of values and public policy tradeoffs, not constitutionality.

While it's true that courts have not examined the constitutionality on such a ban, it's completely ludicrous to say there is in no way a constitutional issue at play here. Courts invalidate legislation on the grounds of creating  an"undue burden" on constitutional rights all the time, as well they should, seeing that the purpose of the Bill of Rights is, well, securing rights to citizens from the abridgement of the government.

January 19, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

Apparently the folks at WalMartFreeDC.org didn't get the memo from the liberal media about crosshairs being verboten in political speech.

[Related story at TheBlaze.com has more information]

The website for Wal-Mart Free DC prominently features the Wal-Mart smiley-face icon at the center of crosshairs in an advertisement for a "March on the Developer's House" in Northwest D.C. tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.

A march on a person's private residence after dark. A civil affair to be sure.

What's more, the Wal-Mart Free DC website auto-plays a song by rap artist Head-Roc that accuses the discount retailer of a "plantation mentality":

January 17, 2011, 5:31 PM EST

Nobody knows better than journalists that the best way an organization can bury an announcement it knows will make news is to do so late on a Friday.

So it's little wonder that the Society for Professional Journalists decided to announce its retirement of the Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award on January 14.

January 17, 2011, 2:38 PM EST

"Let Me Finish" is the title for Chris Matthews's commentary segment that caps off each episode of "Hardball."

But it would have been an appropriate graphic earlier today when the "Hardball" host wouldn't shut up as colleague Chris Jansing tried to wrap up a segment on her "Jansing & Co." program that previewed the Matthews-hosted "Obama's America" special edition of "Hardball" that airs tonight at 5 and 7 p.m. EST.

No novice to cable television, Matthews knows when an anchor is trying to wrap up a segment before commercial break.

"You're like one of the presenters [at the Golden Globes] last night. You're getting rushed here. You're told to wrap," Matthews observed.

Jansing then joked that she was expecting someone to pull her off set with a hook. That's when Matthews sought to chat some about about the Golden Globes.

"Talk about uncivil behavior," Matthews griped about Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais before he got up to leave the set. Moments later as the camera panned out to a wide shot, Matthews could be seen in the background saluting Jansing, who returned his salute.

The video is embedded below:

January 17, 2011, 10:52 AM EST

For an atheist, Sally Quinn sure loves to preach with righteous indignation. At least, that is, when the subject is Sarah Palin.

On Sunday, January 16, Quinn published a 26-paragraph "On Faith" piece entitled "To Sarah Palin: It's not all about you." [h/t e-mail tipster Brian Hastoglis]

In the middle of her piece, Quinn sought to examine why so many people detest Sarah Palin, writing without any hint of self-awareness that (emphasis mine):

 

January 14, 2011, 2:58 PM EST

"The Second Amendment that guarantees the right to bear arms is part of America’s founding fabric. So is senseless violence brought about by guns also American?" asked Newsweek's Daniel Stone in a January 13 post at the magazine's website.

Stone noted that his question was inspired by a similar query posed recently by a Russian journalist Andrei Sitov to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.:

Is occasional violent tragedy a distasteful byproduct of a free society? I walked out of the briefing room with Sitov, who appeared to realize the impact that his question had on the roomful of Americans. “It’s an obvious question and nobody asks that question,” he told me through his thick Russian accent. “This is a cost that your country pays for freedom.”

Of course the cost of freedom with any right is that evil and/or deranged people will abuse it to the harm of others, but Stone's piece seems to focus on civilian gun ownership as though it is mostly a societal liability without considering the real benefits private gun ownership have in protecting life, liberty, and property.

For example, since 1958, the National Rifle Association has been collecting news clippings from across America of everyday citizens using a firearm to defend their lives and property.

January 13, 2011, 6:52 PM EST

While the liberal media, particularly Obama acolytes at MSNBC, immediately jumped down former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's throat for her use of the term "blood libel" in a video statement yesterday, it appears the network has not always thundered with righteous indignation at the use of the term.

Tthere was no reaction from MSNBC's Chris Matthews in 2000 when Jack Kemp used the term to describe a harsh radio ad the NAACP had used against then-Gov. George W. Bush (R-Texas) nor in 2006 when Mike Barnicle used the term in reference to Sen. John Kerry having been criticized by a group of Vietnam War swift boat veterans.

Kemp used the term on the December 19, 2000 edition of "Hardball," while he and Matthews were discussing why so few black Americans actually voted for Bush. In that exchange, Kemp lamented as "blood libel" a harsh ad the NAACP National Voter Fund ran that suggested Bush had blood on his hands for failing to support a hate crimes bill.

Here's the relevant portion (emphasis mine):

January 13, 2011, 3:51 PM EST

Here's a little something I stumbled across today while looking through my Google Calendar settings.

I subscribe to Google's "US Holidays" calendar, which adds to my personal calendar tags for U.S. federal holidays as well as some major non-federal religious or cultural holidays like Easter and Groundhog Day respectively.

January 12, 2011, 5:55 PM EST

Today's Washington Post all but painted Tea Party conservatives in the Tar Heel State as racists opposed to racial integration and diversity in Raleigh-area schools.

In truth the Wake County, North Carolina, school board is simply moving to reverse decades of busing that shuttled some students to schools farther away from their homes in an effort to artificially engineer the socioeconomic and racial diversity of the county's individual schools.

"In N.C., a new battle on school integration," the Post headlined staffer Stephanie McCrummen's story on today's A-section front page.

"With tea party's backing, GOP school board moves to dismantle widely praised diversity policy," added the subheader.