Leave it to MSNBC host Chris Matthews to inject an absurd political angle into a completely apolitical story involving international soccer. In the midst of a panel discussion about today's revelations regarding a Justice Department case against FIFA corruption, the Hardball host wondered why on Earth former Attorney General Eric Holder didn't stick around at the DOJ long enough to bask in the glow of the klieg lights at the press conference announcing the corruption indictments.
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.
Irish voters' approval of same-sex marriage via ballot referendum on Friday proved the perfect excuse for Hardball host Chris Matthews to bash Republican presidential contenders for their steadfast support for traditional marriage and criticism of judicial activism in redefining the institution.
For what it's worth, Matthews and his panelists all but smeared Ireland as, well, backwards for having held on to socially conservative policy positions while much of the rest of Europe was far more socially liberal.
"Gun store raises hackles in Arlington," blared the Washington Post Metro section headline for Patricia Sullivan's May 26 story. "But neighbors have little recourse to block shop on Lee Highway," added the subhead.
Kimberly Dozier of Daily Beast has an excellent piece today you might not see picked up by many in the Obama-puffing national media: "Special Ops to Obama: Let Us Fight ISIS, Already."
Wrapping up a segment dealing with fresh revelations from newly-released Hillary Clinton emails, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews on Thursday night dutifully spun that Hillary's "secretive" nature was not a drawback but may in fact be a net positive: "Franklin Roosevelt, probably the best president we ever had, certainly in the 20th century, was very secretive and manipulative."
Imagine, if you will, that a conservative Republican legislator in Texas who played a role in preventing direct-to-consumer sales of Tesla electric automobiles in the Lone Star State was on the record telling the media that he blamed "Mr. Tesla" for failing to do his part to make nice with the powerful car dealership lobby in Texas. But alas, it was a Democratic state legislator, Rep. Senfronia Thompson, who made the relevant remarks.
U.S. News & World Report's Susan Milligan wildly spun for Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton on the May 20 edition of Hardball when she insisted that the fact that her supporters cannot name a single accomplishment of hers as Secretary of State is, well, "unfair."
In a segment on Tuesday's Hardball with Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead, MSNBC's Chris Matthews insisted that as was the case with the late Johnny Carson, he couldn't tell where exactly late-night comic Dave Letterman fell on the political spectrum.
In her May 19 piece, "Maxim Just Became Your New Feminist Bible," Daily Beast writer Emily Shire hailed the men's magazine for selecting musician Taylor Swift as the cover girl for its latest edition, containing a "Hot List" of female celebrities. Shire was delighted at the choice of Swift and of the photo itself which "emphasizes Swift’s piercing, brooding eyes" and hold her forth as "a woman rather than a set of breasts—and a successful woman, at that."
But all the same, Shire wishes Maxim might be a little bit, well, bolder and make say actress Lena Dunham or presidential candidate Hillary Clinton the cover girl.
If you were to believe Chris Matthews, his fellow Catholic, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) has recently stated his support for traditional marriage only because he's "looking out for his right flank." Among the evidences? Well, Bush told the Christian Broadcasting Network that he believes marriage is a "sacrament." Of course, that is the official teaching of the Catholic Church, and supposedly believed by Catholics of all political stripes, Mr. Matthews included.
To MSNBC's Emma Margolin, it's "troubling" that former Florida governor Jeb Bush doesn't think there's a constitutional right for persons to enter into a same-sex marriage. But what's even more "troubling" to her is his defense of religious freedom claims when it comes to Christian business owners being asked to cater, plan, or photograph a same-sex wedding ceremony.
B.B. King passed away Thursday night at the age of 89. The legendary musician is being remembered fondly by Twitter users the world over and, as such, is a trending topic on the social-media site today. But in an explanatory note for why he's trending, Twitter curators apparently had to make it all about President Obama.
As we all know, MSNBC is painstakingly conscientious to avoid showing any depiction of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, out of a profession of cultural sensitivity and a desire to avoid needless offense to practicing Muslims. But when it comes to Christians who would object to taking the Lord's name in vain, well, that's a different story apparently. Witness the May 14 -- Ascension Day nonetheless! -- edition of All In with Chris Hayes.
I report, you decide, but it looks to me like MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews worked in a thinly-veiled dig at colleague Chris Hayes, who is an editor-at-large for the leftist magazine The Nation.
In two separate segments on his May 13 Hardball program, MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews blamed "turns" on the Amtrak passenger rail route for Tuesday night's train crash. Matthews lamented that Amtrak rights-of-way must respect private property and that it's so much more difficult in the United States than say China for the government to muscle its way into providing as straight a shot as possible for passenger rail lines.
Republican Congressmen are so wedded to slashing federal infrastructure spending that they don't care that their own staffers are riding around on unsafe Metrorail subway cars.
That, essentially, was the charge that MSNBC's Luke Russert made at the close of a segment on Now with Alex Wagner devoted to bashing Republicans for proposed cuts to Amtrak and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).
Huffington Post writer Lila Shapiro grossly distorted and in some instances completely fabricated what a pro-traditional marriage advocate told her during an improptu interview during the March for Marriage. That's the allegation of one Andrew Jacob Cuff in a post today at First Things. Cuff, an Orthodox Christian and a grad student in church history at the Catholic University of America, detailed both his interactions with Shaprio and his chagrin at reading his grossly distortive write-up. Here's an excerpt:
MSNBC terrorism expert Evan Kohlmann insisted on tonight's Hardball program that Pam Geller was dangerously close to committing "hate crimes" with her "draw Muhammad" events. Kohlmann also compared the Jewish co-founder of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) to the Nazis by way of invoking the Reichstag fire that the Nazis set as in February 1933 as a pretext to seizing power.
For his part, host Chris Matthews failed to rebuke Kohlmann for his incendiary comparison.
In an interview this evening with former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell (D-Maine), Hardball host Chris Matthews offered his conspiracy theory regarding Republican opposition to the nuclear deal President Obama is brokering with Iran. For his part, Mitchell gently demurred and brushed off Matthews's allegation, as well as his query as to whether his voicing it made him an "extremist."
In a shockingly candid moment betraying his sexist view of Republican female politicians, Hardball host Chris Matthews mused Tuesday night that Carly Fiorina may lob "scurrilous" attacks at Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton while banking on her gender to shield her from scrutiny. He also envisioned Republican suburban housewives sneaking out of the house to vote for Hillary without "telling hubby."