Ken Shepherd

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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 worked for the Media Research Center from May 2001 to April 2016.

In his spare time, Ken enjoys karaoke, tennis, reading, and discussing theology or politics.

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On the eve of Pope Francis's arrival in the United States, the Daily Beast's Samantha Allen groused about Catholic convert Gov. Bobby Jindal's "Embarrassing Abortion Obsession."

The Daily Beast is rather annoyed with electronics "nerds" who have dared to challenge the mainstream media's narrative about Irving, Texas teenager Ahmed Mohamed's pencil-case clock, which got him in a brief scrape with authorities and briefly suspended from high school after administrators feared it was either a real or a hoax bomb.

A federal appeals panel today ruled parts of a Washington, D.C. gun-regulation bill to be unconstitutional. One of the judges in the majority, Patricia Millett, is an Obama appointee who once clerked for a judge in the infamously left-leaning Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Yet that angle of the story was curiously absent from Washington Post reporter Spencer Hsu's coverage of the ruling, even as he noted it was a George W. Bush appointee who dissented from ruling.

Last night on Hardball, MSNBC host Chris Matthews insisted, "I'm not a hater" even though there are "a couple that really get to me though," such as Dick Cheney.


Carly Fiorina is "either a liar, or she's delusional" regarding the Planned Parenthood sting videos, Salon editor-at-large Joan Walsh snarled on tonight's edition of Hardball.

Leave it to CNN to go to the streets of Tehran for commentary on the Republican presidential primary.



"[I]n the current presidential campaign, the lines [between super PACs and candidates] are being blurred even more and no candidate is testing the legal limits more visibly or blatantly than Carly Fiorina, whose performance in Wednesday night’s Republican debate has thrust her candidacy into the spotlight," NBC News's Alexandra Jaffe and Kailani Koenig in a posting today at's Meet the Press page.

A half hour prior to Wednesday's Republican presidential debate on CNN, Chris Matthews over on MSNBC's Hardball tag-teamed with California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer to trash Republican candidate Carly Fiorina, who unsuccessfully challenged Boxer in a 2010 Senate race. "Senator, I'm a big fan of yours," Matthews began, "So tell me what you think about tonight. I mean, you beat her, and here she is back going for president. Doesn't make sense. Your thoughts?"

In an exchange with former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.) on Wednesday night's Hardball prior to the CNN debate, host Chris Matthews blasted the Republican Party writ large for not rebuking Donald Trump several years ago when he publicly questioned whether President Obama was constitutionally eligible for the office.

Here's a pro-tip for Chris Matthews. If you're going to blow a dog whistle on your national program about how a neo-conservative Jewish guy is a political puppet master, you might want to not add insult to injury by doing so as Jews the world 'round celebrate the new year.

"I think what he did was wrong" but "I also want to have compassion for him, and I don't want to judge him for his mistake," former NBC Meet the Press anchor David Gregory told Yahoo! News Global Anchor Katie Couric earlier today in a live interview. Gregory declined the opportunity to say whether he thought it was right of NBC/MSNBC to bring Williams back in an on-air capacity. 

Former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley -- who is polling in the single digits in the Democratic presidential primary race -- has come out with a new measure to restrict 2nd Amendment rights. He's calling for raising minimum age for purchasing any firearm from 18 to 21. The liberal Daily Beast website noticed the move by O'Malley and hailed it as "bold" in today's Cheat Sheet digest.

"Kate’s Law would be enormously expensive, and there’s scant evidence it would be worth the cost. But hey, a white girl got shot. We have to do something," snarked former National Review writer Betsy Woodruff as she concluded her September 11 story "Is Kate's Law a Terrible Idea?"

On his September 10 Hardball program, cradle Catholic Chris Matthews voiced his disdain for political candidates  discussing their religious faith and/or citing the Bible at a campaign event. The target of Mr. Matthews's wrath was Dr. Ben Carson, who recently quoted from the biblical book of Proverbs to answer a question related to Donald Trump.

Senate Democrats have spared the American public an "ugly battle" over the Iran which would "force" President Obama to make good on his veto threat, according to a breaking news email alert by CNN.

According to Hardball host Chris Matthews, President Obama's skin tone may well account for his paltry 10 percent job-approval rating among Republicans.

A few weeks ahead of Pope Francis's visit to the United States, liberal cradle Catholic Chris Matthews -- who once opined that it was somewhat en vogue for "really anti-gay" folks to convert to the faith -- used the upcoming visit as an opportunity to praise the pontiff as a foil for more conservative and traditionalist wings of the Catholic Church, particularly in the United States.

It's such a damn shame the U.S. is so religious. Otherwise, who knows, maybe mandatory sex ed would be a nationwide reality. 

That's the sentiment conveyed by Daily Beast writer Samantha Allen in her September 3 story "Should Sex Ed Be Mandatory?"

The "Pigs in a blanket. Fry 'em like bacon!" chant by Black Lives Matter activists this weekend at the Minnesota State Fair was taken out of context, an organizer told MSNBC's Chris Hayes tonight, insisting that the chant was sort of an inside joke, in a "playful" context between activists and the cops who were escorting the marchers. 

You kind of have to give it to for publishing this article, if only because it shows the folly that inevitably comes with demeaning the office of the president with cheap pop-culture stunts.