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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December 21, 2009, 10:13 AM EST
In an interview in which he hit the 2008 Republican presidential nominee repeatedly from the left, George Stephanopoulos pleaded with Sen. John McCain to "name an issue next year where you are going to be joined at the hip with President Obama." [audio available here]

The live interview via satellite occurred six hours after McCain joined the other 39 Senate Republicans in voting against cloture on the Senate version of Democratic health care legislation.

All but two of Stephanopoulos's questions dealt with health care,the other two with Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Transcribed below are Stephanopoulos's agenda of questions, which you'll notice buffet McCain from the left, and/or paint Republicans are the party responsible for keeping the Senate from wrapping up its business until Christmas Eve, even though it is Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) who controls the legislative calendar:

December 17, 2009, 6:19 PM EST

<p>Reminiscing about how her father would end dinner table squabbles between her and her sister, Newsweek's <a href="/people/katie-connolly" target="_blank">Katie Connolly</a> on Tuesday rejoiced that President Obama had said &quot;Enough!&quot; <a href="http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/thegaggle/archive/2009/12/15/time-for-oba... target="_blank">in order to get Senate Democrats in line</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Today, it sounds like the president has finally reached that point with the Senate Democrats and their increasingly aggravating health-care squabbles. He's ready to issue a steely &quot;Enough.&quot; And not a minute too soon. </p></blockquote><p>Not a minute too soon? Isn't Connolly supposed to be an objective reporter, not a cheerleader for a political party and its agenda? Oh, that's right, this is Newsweek, the magazine <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/09/business/media/09newsweek.html?_r=2&am... target="_blank">whose editor actually aspires</a> to a smaller (and more liberal?) audience. </p>

December 17, 2009, 3:18 PM EST

<p>Earlier this week, NewsBusters Editor at Large Brent Baker noted how the broadcast networks <a href="/blogs/brent-baker/2009/12/13/touting-climate-justice-protesters-networks-oblivious-communist-partici" target="_blank">seemed oblivious</a> to communist protesters outside the Copenhagen global warming summit. </p><p>But the Red-friendly red meat slogans are not just being tossed about by violent demonstrators outside the conference. Today <a href="http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/58678" target="_blank">NewsBusters sister site CNSNews.com </a>noted how dissent-oppressing, private-land seizing dictators Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe yesterday denounced capitalism and praised socialism to a warm and receptive crowd at the Copenhagen climate change summit. </p><p>Of course neither ABC's &quot;Good Morning America&quot; nor CBS's &quot;Early Show&quot; or NBC's &quot;Today&quot; addressed that this morning in their brief updates on Copenhagen. </p><p>Reports CNS News International Editor Patrick Goodenough:</p><blockquote>

December 16, 2009, 5:42 PM EST

<p>Earlier this month, my colleague <a href="/blogs/tim-graham/2009/12/05/headline-brian-williams-basks-nbc-calling-him-towering-figure-news-fifth" target="_blank">Tim Graham wrote about</a> &quot;Nightly News&quot; anchor Brian Williams self-congratulatory five-year anniversary as the newscasts's anchor, followed hours later by actress Jane Krakowski of the network's &quot;30 Rock&quot; show heralding Williams as a &quot;towering figure in the world of news&quot; during the network's Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting special.</p><p>Williams, who has had cameo appearances on &quot;30 Rock&quot; and the &quot;Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien,&quot; doesn't seem to be stopping his forays into the network's entertainment division anytime soon. </p><p><a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/nbc/brian_williams_leaves_30_rock_to... target="_blank">TV Newser's Chris Ariens reported</a> shortly before 5 p.m. EST:</p><blockquote>

December 15, 2009, 12:48 PM EST

<p>Tackling <a href="http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/thegaggle/archive/2009/12/15/the-democrat... target="_blank">&quot;The Myth That Democrats Are Soft on Crime,&quot;</a> Newsweek's Ben Adler took to the magazine's The Gaggle blog to critique New York Times columnist Ross Douthat for his latest column. </p><p>Adler praised Douthat for saying that conservatives need to &quot;take ownership of prison reform&quot; to &quot;correct the system they helped build&quot; but took strong exception to his suggestion that, even so, Democrats &quot;still lack credibility on crime policy.&quot;</p><p>As evidence for how Democrats are tough on crime, however, Adler pointed to gun control, Clinton's <a href="http://www.slate.com/id/2058553/" target="_blank">gimmick</a>y COPS program, Waco, and the Elian Gonzales ordeal:</p><blockquote>

December 10, 2009, 6:24 PM EST

In what is easily the dopiest question I've read from a religion blogger in a while, Chicago Tribune's Manya Brachear closed her  December 8 The Seeker blog post by asking readers if "dissenters" like pro-choice nun Sister Donna Quinn of Chicago "strengthen the church." In November, Quinn went public with news that she has "been rebuked for escorting patients into a Hinsdale clinic that provides abortions."

In "Pro-choice nun still fighting for women's care," Brachear explained how Quinn "is not backing down from her support of abortion rights, applauding the defeat of an amendment today that would have added restrictions to the health care bill for women seeking abortions."

Oh, it gets worse. Quinn apparently used the Virgin Mary as cover for sanctifying her pro-abortion views:

December 10, 2009, 3:39 PM EST

<p>Newsweek writer and native Australian <a href="http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/thegaggle/pages/katie-connolly.aspx" target="_blank">Katie Connolly</a> set out to lecture American readers today on the magazine's Gaggle blog yesterday about how Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize isn't really about the man or the United States as a country, but rather the U.S. as a lofty ideal -- an ideal she reckons in the eyes of &quot;the collective world&quot; to have been &quot;almost entirely undone&quot; by the Bush administration.</p><p>As such, Connolly <a href="http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/thegaggle/archive/2009/12/09/the-nobel-pr... target="_blank">tells us in her December 9 post</a> that Obama had to show kindly Norweigans that his countrymen aren't such a rude, rabble-rousing lot after all, an impression she insists was given by how many Americans exercised that all-too-American ideal of free speech when they criticized the awarding of the Nobel to the freshman president (emphases mine):</p><blockquote>

December 10, 2009, 11:46 AM EST

<p>Salon editor Joan Walsh, a frequent contributor on MSNBC, finds the network's &quot;Countdown&quot; host to be lacking in the diversity department when it comes to his guests. Of course, her complaint isn't with Olbermann's refusal to feature guests with whom he could have ideological clashes -- something his nemesis Bill O'Reilly has never been afraid to do -- but the fact that his guests are infrequently of the fairer sex.</p><p> From <a href="http://twitter.com/joanwalsh" target="_blank">Walsh's Twitter feed</a> on Tuesday evening (in reverse chronological order):</p> <blockquote><p class="MsoNormal">.@<a href="http://twitter.com/DARSB1" title="blocked::http://twitter.com/DARSB1">DARSB1</a> Actually, I should rephrase: I wish KO had more women on talking about...anything.<a href="http://twitter.com/joanwalsh/status/6482638962" title="blocked::http://twitter.com/joanwalsh/status/6482638962"> 8:51 PM Dec 8th </a>from web</p><p class="MsoNormal">[...]</p><p class="MsoNormal">I wish KO had a woman on talking about women's health care, but I'm happy he and Gene Robinson are saying the right things! <a href="http://twitter.com/joanwalsh/status/6481500239" rel="bookmark"> 8:14 PM Dec 8th </a>from web </p></blockquote><p>That prompted a follower by the user name Jelperman to grouse:</p><blockquote>

December 9, 2009, 11:11 AM EST

<p>Every now and then, we at NewsBusters like to point out a solid piece of journalism, instances where the media report news that cuts against the liberal narrative of the world that the MSM usually churn out.</p><p>And so today, I thought I'd pass along how<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2009-12-08-school-lunch-standards... target="_blank"> USA Today</a> noted today that &quot;Fast-food standards for meat top those for school lunches&quot; (h/t NB intern Mike Sargent ):</p><blockquote><div>In the past three years, the government has provided the nation's schools with millions of pounds of beef and chicken that wouldn't meet the quality or safety standards of many fast-food restaurants, from <a href="http://content.usatoday.com/topics/topic/Jack+in+the+Box" title="More news, photos about Jack in the Box">Jack in the Box</a> and other burger places to chicken chains such as <a href="http://content.usatoday.com/topics/topic/Organizations/Companies/Food+an... title="More news, photos about KFC">KFC</a>, a USA TODAY investigation found.</div><p>The <a href="http://content.usatoday.com/topics/topic/Organizations/Government+Bodies... title="More news, photos about U.S. Department of Agriculture">U.S. Department of Agriculture</a> says the meat it buys for the National School Lunch Program &quot;meets or exceeds standards in commercial products.&quot;</p><p>That isn't always the case. McDonald's, <a href="http://content.usatoday.com/topics/topic/Organizations/Companies/Food+an... title="More news, photos about Burger King">Burger King</a> and <a href="http://content.usatoday.com/topics/topic/Organizations/Companies/Retail/... title="More news, photos about Costco">Costco</a>, for instance, are far more rigorous in checking for bacteria and dangerous pathogens. They test the ground beef they buy five to 10 times more often than the USDA tests beef made for schools during a typical production day. </p><p>And the limits Jack in the Box and other big retailers set for certain bacteria in their burgers are up to 10 times more stringent than what the USDA sets for school beef.</p>

December 8, 2009, 5:44 PM EST

<p>I just caught this a few moments ago perusing <a href="http://twitter.com/APStylebook" mce_href="http://twitter.com/APStylebook" target="_blank">@APStylebook</a>, the Twitter feed for the Associated Press Stylebook. It was tweeted at 12:02 p.m. EST yesterday:</p><blockquote><p><a href="http://twitter.com/search?q=%23APStyle" mce_href="http://twitter.com/search?q=%23APStyle" title="blocked::http://twitter.com/search?q=#APStyle #APStyle">#APStyle</a> tip: Global warming and climate change can be used interchangeably. Go behind the scenes in Copenhagen with @<a href="http://twitter.com/AP_ClimatePool" mce_href="http://twitter.com/AP_ClimatePool" title="blocked::http://twitter.com/AP_ClimatePool">AP_ClimatePool</a>. </p></blockquote><p>Now if only <a href="http://twitter.com/FakeAPStylebook" mce_href="http://twitter.com/FakeAPStylebook" target="_blank">@FakeAPStylebook </a>would spoof this. Might I suggest:</p><blockquote><p>#FakeAPStyle tip: Oh, why not: Global warming and global cooling can be used interchangeably too.</p></blockquote>

December 8, 2009, 1:15 PM EST

<p><a href="http://www.politico.com/reporters/JonathanAllen.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://media.eyeblast.org/newsbusters/static/2009/12/Allen_Jonathan.jpg" align="right" border="0" height="200" hspace="3" vspace="3" width="200" /></a>Here's another entry for the revolving door file: Politico's Jonathan Allen (p<a href="http://www.politico.com/reporters/JonathanAllen.html" target="_blank">ictured at right</a>), formerly of Congressional Quarterly and former Sen. Paul Sarbanes' office, will take over as the top staffer at Debbie Wasserman Schultz's DWS PAC, according to <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/news/41281-1.html" target="_blank">Roll Call</a> (h/t e-mail tipster Bob Foster).</p><p>For his part, Allen, whose wife works as the communications director for freshman Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), found it an offer he couldn't refuse:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;I wouldn't go work for just anyone,&quot; Allen said. &quot;She wanted me to come work for her, and it was impossible for me to say no. She has a heart of gold and resolve of steel. ... I find that inspiring.&quot; </p></blockquote><p>Roll Call's Steven T. Dennis <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/news/41281-1.html" target="_blank">has the story here</a>, but only the lead paragraph is available to non-subscribers. Below is an excerpt, courtesy of Foster:</p>

December 8, 2009, 12:17 PM EST

<p>Time's Amy Sullivan has little use for moderate Senate Democrats throwing up any semblance of a road block, nay, even a speed bump, to ObamaCare, especially if it entails pro-life measures which would keep abortion from being covered by the taxpayer-subsidized government option. </p><p>&quot;What is it about those Nebraska governors-turned-senators?&quot; Sullivan huffed in the beginning of her <a href="http://swampland.blogs.time.com/2009/12/08/the-health-reform-abortion-wa... target="_blank">December 8 Swampland blog post</a>. &quot;Did they not get enough attention as children? Do they chafe at being told they hail from a 'flyover' state? Does that unicameral legislature leave too few adoring supporters?&quot;</p><p>Sullivan's ire was directed at Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson (D), who along with Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) has offered a pro-life amendment to the Democratic health care reform bill that Sullivan insists is all but doomed to fail and which is not likely a deal-breaker for either Sens. Nelson nor Casey when it comes to final passage:</p><blockquote>

December 5, 2009, 10:00 AM EST

<p>Oops!</p><p>&quot;A Nov. 26 article in the District edition of Local Living incorrectly said a Public Enemy song declared 9/11 a joke. The song refers to 911, the emergency phone number.&quot;</p><p>That's the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/02/AR200912... target="_blank">text of a correction</a> the Post published yesterday to amend an error made in Akeya Dickson's article, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/25/AR200911... target="_blank">&quot;A note of hope from voices of experience: Public enemy reaches out to homeless youth in D.C.&quot;</a></p><p>Here's how the corrected portion now reads:</p><blockquote><p>Public Enemy has earned notoriety with more than 20 years of politically charged music about fighting the power, challenging racism and declaring that 911 was a joke. </p></blockquote><p>&quot;911 Is a Joke&quot; was a hit rap single in 1990 and the third track on Public Enemy's 1990 album, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear_of_a_Black_Planet" target="_blank">&quot;Fear of a Black Planet.&quot; </a> The song was critical of slow response times from the 9-1-1 emergency dispatch service.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear_of_a_Black_Planet" target="_blank"><br /></a></p>

December 4, 2009, 3:24 PM EST

<p><img src="http://media.eyeblast.org/newsbusters/static/2009/11/2009-11-03-MSNBC-MM... align="right" border="0" height="180" hspace="3" vspace="3" width="240" />Dylan Ratigan (file photo at right), whose <a href="/people/dylan-ratigan" target="_blank">bias and occasional forays into balanced journalism</a> have both been documented at NewsBusters, is set to gain an afternoon slot in 2010, according to <a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/msnbc/dylan_ratigan_preps_for_aftern... target="_blank">Chris Ariens of TVNewser</a>:</p><blockquote><p>MSNBC's &quot;Morning Meeting&quot; is about to get an afternoon edition. </p><p>TVNewser has learned that starting Monday, host <a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/Dylan-Ratigan-profile.html">Dylan Ratigan</a> will be on for one hour, 9am ET only, so he and the team can prepare for a move to the afternoon after the first of the year.</p></blockquote><p>Back on November 11, <a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/msnbc/is_morning_meeting_heading_to_... target="_blank">Ariens reported</a>:</p><blockquote>

December 3, 2009, 5:33 PM EST

Yesterday at the daily White House press briefing, press secretary Robert Gibbs talked down to reporter <a href="http://www.aurnol.com/networks/renaissance/whitehouse_report.asp" target="_blank">April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks (AURN)</a>, a  journalist with nearly a quarter-century of experience.<p>Ryan was pressing Gibbs over whether Desiree Rogers, the White House social secretary, essentially &quot;invited herself&quot; to last week's state dinner in honor of the Indian Prime Minister. Rogers has come under scrutiny for failing to have either herself or other social office staffers accompany Secret Service staffers who conducted security screenings for the dinner.</p><p>Gibbs, annoyed by Ryan pressing the matter, chided Ryan to calm down and suggesting that she was throwing a tantrum much like his son sometimes does.</p><p>I've included a partial transcript and CSPAN's video embed below the page break. Advance the embedded video above to about the 31:00 timestamp to see the relevant exchange (h/t Tim Graham):</p><blockquote>

December 3, 2009, 12:23 PM EST

<p>Voters in state after state have said no to gay marriage. So what's the lesson Newsweek's Sarah Kliff draws? </p><p>Well, maybe it's time for the gay marriage lobby to go over the heads of the people and push Congress to act.</p><p>Reacting to yesterday's 38-24 vote by the Democratic-majority New York State Senate to kill a gay marriage bill, Kliff suggested in a <a href="http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/thegaggle/archive/2009/12/02/ny-senate-vo... target="_blank">December 2 The Gaggle blog post</a>:</p><blockquote><p><span class="BlogPostWords">Rather than pursuing piecemeal, state-level initiatives, which do not have a great track record, perhaps the movement, en masse, ought to focus on pressuring Congress and President Obama to take more decisive action.<br /><br /></span>I'm not the first to make this suggestion. The issue came to a head in October, when gay-rights activists organized—and argued over—their first large march in Washington since 2000. </p></blockquote><p>Of course, as a journalist, it should not be Kliff's place to pen the game plan for a movement's political agenda. Hers should be to call the game, not the plays, yet the Newsweek writer continued by describing her shift in sideline strategy (emphasis mine):</p><blockquote>

December 2, 2009, 4:41 PM EST

<p>Just in time for the Christmas season, the Washington Post's &quot;Book World&quot; editor Ron Charles gave readers of the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/01/AR200912... target="_blank">December 2 Style section front page</a> a look at <a href="

December 2, 2009, 1:06 PM EST

<p><a href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bal-dixon-mdpol... target="_blank"><img src="http://media.eyeblast.org/newsbusters/static/2009/12/dixon_sheila.jpg" vspace="3" width="240" align="right" border="0" height="174" hspace="3" /></a>Imagine if you will that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin was accused of taking gift cards donated to her office for redistribution to needy constituents and using them instead for a personal spending spree.</p><p>The media firestorm would swirl uncontrollably, of course, and certainly you couldn't fault the media for reporting on the ensuing criminal trial.</p><p>Well, this sort of this has happened, only <a href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bal-md.dixon02d... target="_blank">to the Democratic mayor of Baltimore Sheila Dixon</a> who was convicted yesterday on a misdemeanor charge of embezzling, yet the coverage from the broadcast networks has been non-existent until the trial's conclusion. </p><p>A search of &quot;Sheila Dixon&quot; among ABC, CBS, and NBC news transcripts catalogued on Nexis from January 1, 2007 to December 2, 2009 yielded only three hits. None of the stories were about Dixon's trial, and one, an April 30, 2008 &quot;Nightline&quot; story on predatory mortgage lending, cast Dixon in a favorable light as a champion of citizens who have been exploited by mortgage lenders. </p>

December 1, 2009, 6:18 PM EST

<p>Have Associated Press's Seth Borenstein and Chris Matthews had a Vulcan mind-meld? Two weeks ago, you may recall, the MSNBC &quot;Hardball&quot; hosts wondered if the president was just <a href="/blogs/kyle-drennen/2009/11/20/msnbc-s-matthews-finds-obama-s-weakness-he-s-too-darned-intellectual" target="_blank">&quot;too darned intellectual.&quot;</a> </p><p>Today, AP's Borenstein wondered, <a href="http://www.seattlepi.com/lifestyle/412790_obamaspock01.html" target="_blank">&quot;Is Obama another Mr. Spock?&quot;:</a></p><blockquote><p>WASHINGTON -- He shows a fascination with science, an all-too deliberate decision-making demeanor, an adherence to logic and some pretty, ahem, prominent ears.</p> <p>They all add up to a quite logical conclusion, at least for &quot;Star Trek&quot; fans: Barack Obama is Washington's Mr. Spock, the chief science officer for the ship of state.</p><p>&quot;I guess it's somewhat unusual for a politician to be so precise, logical, in his thought process,&quot; actor Leonard Nimoy, who has portrayed Spock for more than 40 years, told The Associated Press in an e-mail interview. &quot;The comparison to Spock is, in my opinion, a compliment to him and to the character.&quot;</p>

December 1, 2009, 4:07 PM EST

<p>The same CBS legal analyst who...: </p><ul><li>wrote that former Vice President Cheney <a href="/blogs/noel-sheppard/2009/05/22/cbs-news-chief-legal-analyst-cheney-just-d-k" target="_blank">&quot;is just a dick&quot;</a></li><li><a href="/node/13830" target="_blank">labeled Chief Justice John Roberts</a> &quot;silly and condescending&quot; and Justice Alito a &quot;rigid starboard-facing ideologue&quot;</li><li>and blamed Karl Rove for the Valerie Plame leak <a href="/blogs/ken-shepherd/2008/02/27/cbs-lawyer-ignores-facts-evidence-slam-rove" target="_blank">despite the fact that Richard Armitage admitted</a> that he was the inadvertent leaker of that information</li></ul><p>...is now ending his CourtWatch blog, all the while insisting that his writings over the years were mostly dry legalese and that those which were not, well, that's the fault of the people he was writing about, namely, the Bush adminstration.</p><p>CBS's Andrew Cohen in his <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/11/30/courtwatch/entry5838135.shtml?ta... target="_blank">Nov. 30 &quot;Banging the Final Gavel&quot;</a> retrospective:</p><blockquote>