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 6, 2010, 4:07 PM EST

Criminally-challenged Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon (D) today announced her resignation from office effective February 4.

Nowhere in their 9-paragraph breaking news article filed at 3:44 p.m. EST today did Baltimore Sun reporters Liz F. Kay and Liz Bowie note Dixon is a Democrat, even though her party has a monopoly on the city's elected officials and has for decades.

Dixon, you may recall, was convicted in December for misappopriating gift cards donated to her office and intended for distribution to needy Baltimore residents. Instead, Dixon used some of the cards for a personal shopping spree. In effect, she was convicted of robbing from the poor to benefit herself.

January 6, 2010, 11:23 AM EST

<p>Newsweek religion reporter Lisa Miller, no Bible-thumping <a href="/blogs/ken-shepherd/2008/12/08/newsweeks-miller-plays-armchair-theologian-defend-same-sex-marriage" target="_blank">fundamentalist</a> she, doesn't understand why <a href="http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%202:1-3&amp;version=KJV" target="_blank">the heathen rage</a> against Brit Hume. From <a href="http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/thegaggle/archive/2010/01/05/don-t-be-sur... target="_blank">her January 5 post </a>at the magazine's The Gaggle blog:</p><blockquote><p>I'm not at all sure why the liberal left is always so shocked that evangelical Christians want other people to become Christians. The outrage that followed Fox News anchor Brit Hume's  plea to Tiger Woods to find Jesus has been totally disproportionate to the statement itself. The usual suspects—MSNBC and The Huffington Post—and indeed the whole liberal left blogosphere leapt all over Hume for his arrogance and conservatism. </p><p>[...]</p><p>The word &quot;evangelical&quot; comes from the Greek word for gospel, or &quot;good news.&quot; Evangelical Christians are those who want to spread the good news. They aren't pretending to believe in salvation through Jesus Christ. They actually do believe that it—and yours, and mine—comes through him.  </p></blockquote>

January 5, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

<p>While it has every right to do so, and we at NewsBusters do not take issue with a newspaper's right to issue liberal pronouncements on clearly-marked editorial pages, it is worth noting from time to time the persistence with which liberal newspapers lead the charge for liberal agenda items, particularly when the issue at hand is tax increases. </p><p>That brings us to <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/04/AR201001... target="_blank">the Washington Post</a> -- no fan of <a href="/people/bob-mcdonnell" target="_blank">incoming Republican Governor-elect Bob McDonnell (R-Va.)</a> -- which today counseled the incoming executive to &quot;choose to be a problem-solver&quot; on the state's transportation concerns by raising taxes. </p><p>Of course, this lobbying for tax increases is hardly new. The paper endorsed tax increases during the 2009 campaign and <a href="/blogs/scott-whitlock/2009/11/05/after-failing-quest-defeat-republican-governor-wapo-begins-lobbying-" target="_blank">continued its pro-tax hike drumbeat</a> without skipping a beat the day after the election. As my colleague Scott Whitlock noted on November 5:</p><blockquote>

January 4, 2010, 11:51 AM EST

<p>Tolerance is a virtue the Left loves to trumpet, except when the intolerable is set forward. In this instance, the intolerable is a gentle Christian evangelistic overture to a celebrity caught in sexual scandal.</p><p>Yesterday, Fox News analyst and professing Christian Brit Hume expressed his spiritual concern for Tiger Woods and urged the golf superstar to turn to Christianity for grace and forgiveness during a segment of the January 3 edition of &quot;Fox News Sunday.&quot; </p><p>For that, Hume is being lambasted by some liberal bloggers, including <a href="http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2010/01/03/the-right-rev-brit-hume... target="_blank">Atlanta Jounal-Constitution's Jay Bookman</a> who unleashed this venom in a brief three paragraph blog post yesterday afternoon:</p><blockquote>

December 23, 2009, 9:13 PM EST

Well, it looks like a death panel inside MSNBC has mercifully pulled the plug on the "Dr. Nancy" program. TV Newser's Chris Ariens reported the story earlier today:

Breaking: TVNewser has learned MSNBC has canceled "Dr. Nancy" the NoonET health/medical show hosted by Dr. Nancy Snynderman.

The cancellation of "Dr. Nancy" is yet another daytime programming move by MSNBC, which has fallen to 4th and, on some days, 5th place in the daytime ratings. Last week, the network announced it was moving Dylan Ratigan from two hours in the morning (9-11amET) to one hour in the afternoon (4pmET), beginning next month.

December 22, 2009, 6:37 PM EST
Yesterday, joined by substitute co-host Lynn Berry, MSNBC's David Shuster wondered of Sen. Tom Coburn, "what was he thinking," in regards to a comment the Oklahoma Republican made on the Senate floor Sunday which Shuster interpreted in the worst possible light. Coburn, Shuster suggested to his "Big Picture" audience, was hoping a Democratic senator would drop dead before the 1 a.m. cloture vote.

Of course Shuster ignored the unambiguously inflammatory remarks, also made on Sunday on the Senate floor, by freshman Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. The Rhode Island Democrat insisted that Republicans were "destined to break this president" and were in league with "ardent supporters" from among the ranks of "the birthers, the fanatics, the people running around in right-wing militias and Aryan support groups" to whom it was "unbearable... that President Barack Obama should exist."

Yet even after his MSNBC colleague Mika Brzezinski aired Whitehouse's comments on the December 22 "Morning Joe", Shuster failed to give his "Big Picture" viewers the, well, big picture, by showing Whitehouse's rant, even though he aired a clip of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) which hardly makes sense unless you know that Graham is referring back to and rebutting Whitehouse's charge. See for yourself by clicking play on the video embed above.

December 21, 2009, 1:09 PM EST

<p><img src="http://media.eyeblast.org/newsbusters/static/2009/12/hypocrisy-ej-dionne... align="right" border="0" height="200" hspace="3" vspace="3" width="147" />Caught this in the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/20/AR200912... target="_blank">Washington Post's &quot;Letters to the Editor&quot;</a> section today. </p><p>Good on the Post for printing this letter from a reader who caught liberal columnist E.J. Dionne in the act of hypocrisy:</p><blockquote><p> E.J. Dionne Jr. [&quot;Democratic fratricide,&quot; <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/16/AR200912..., Dec. 17] views the Senate as a &quot;dysfunctional and undemocratic partisan hothouse,&quot; presumably because of the ability of 41 senators to prevent a bill from coming to a final vote. </p><div id="body_after_content_column"> <p> Mr. Dionne has not always taken such a dim view of undemocratic procedures, however. </p> <p>In 2003, he heartily approved of Democratic obstruction of two judicial nominations by President Bush: &quot;The filibuster is the only way to prevent the president from creating a federal judiciary dominated by ideologues of his own persuasion, appointed to satisfy his political base&quot; [&quot;Order and the Courts,&quot; op-ed, May 9]. </p>

December 21, 2009, 12:31 PM EST

<p>When it comes to freedom of speech, liberal journalists are the staunchest of defenders, right? Not so much when it comes to blasting Republican senators opposed to ObamaCare for &quot;borderline sedition&quot; that &quot;comes dangerously close to inciting violence.&quot;</p><p>That was the complaint of Time's Joe Klein, who <a href="http://swampland.blogs.time.com/2009/12/21/coburn-heartburn/?utm_source=... target="_blank">griped today on the magazine's Swampland blog</a> about Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) saying:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;The crisis of confidence in this country is now at an apex that has not seen in over 150 years, and that lack of confidence undermines the ability of legitimate governance,&quot; he said. &quot;There's a lot of people out there today who...will say, 'I give up on my government,' and rightly so.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Of course, many liberals said similar things about losing faith in their government during the previous administration, one with which Klein had many disagreements, most if not all of which he took to Time's pages or Web site to bluster about. I don't recall any concern from Klein about seditious liberals or Democrats when George Bush or Dick Cheney was the object of harsh rhetoric. </p><p>But leave it to a Republican senator to criticize the pork barreling and special exemptions Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has given to fellow Democrats to buy a cloture vote, and it's damn near seditious to Klein:</p><blockquote>

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>