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.

Latest from Ken Shepherd
January 29, 2015, 4:45 PM EST

With Scott Walker entertaining a run for president in 2016, you can expect MSNBC to amp up their criticism of the Wisconsin governor. Enter running a piece by David Taintor today hitting Walker for proposing a "huge cut" in taxpayer financing of the University of Wisconsin system.

January 28, 2015, 9:00 PM EST

Hardball host Chris Matthews's disdain for Sen. Ted Cruz is so palpable he can't resist making a snide comment when noting a rare instance in which the Texas Republican praised the first lady, and that in the context of standing up for women's rights. 

January 28, 2015, 5:38 PM EST

The Daily Beast's Samantha Allen, who grew up Mormon, took to her keyboard today to blast the Church of Latter-Day Saints for their "gay rights charade."

January 27, 2015, 8:50 PM EST

On the January 27 edition of Hardball, former DNC chairman Howard Dean issued a tepid half-apology regarding his recent ill-advised statement on Real Time with Bill Maher wherein he blasted as "angry" the moviehouse audiences that have made American Sniper a runaway hit. 

January 27, 2015, 8:02 PM EST

Thanking his guest Gov. Dannel Malloy for appearing on the January 27 Hardball to discuss his handling of the much-overhyped blizzard "Winter Storm Juno," MSNBC host Chris Matthews reminded the Connecticut Democrat that he and others at the Lean Forward network had "rooted" for his reelection.

January 26, 2015, 8:16 PM EST

See if you can spot the typos on this map, which depict mandatory travel bans in Northeastern states for the overnight of January 26-27. 

January 26, 2015, 5:33 PM EST

Comedian Jim Gaffigan got off a great zinger on Twitter yesterday aimed straight at Hollywood folks who look down on the average American who has given American Sniper their vote at the box office.

January 23, 2015, 5:18 PM EST

Left-wing Daily Beast columnist Michael Tomasky today took to his keyboard to hack out a defense of the federal estate tax. Tomasky insisted taxation-without-respiration is "moral" and, what's more, agreeable to the Founding Fathers.

January 22, 2015, 9:31 PM EST

In a segment on his January 22 Hardball program, MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews made perfectly clear his disdain for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and for House Speaker John Boehner for inviting him to address a joint session of Congress on March 3.

January 22, 2015, 6:58 PM EST

When a cable-news host concludes an interview, it's customary to thank his or her guest by saying something along the lines of "I appreciate you being here" or "Thank you for your time." 

But when MSNBC fill-in host Craig Melvin wrapped his January 22 Reid Report interview with Sarah Weddington, the pro-abortion rights counsel for "Jane Roe" in 1973, he not only thanked the former Texas state legislator for his appearing on the program but also added, "I do appreciate you." 

January 22, 2015, 4:10 PM EST

A few weeks ago I relayed blogger William Jacobson's story about how a federal judge was forcing the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., to release its arrest affidavit for former Meet the Press host David Gregory. Well, the MPD finally got around to doing so, and Jacobson has a follow-up blog entry with the aforementioned affidavit. 

January 22, 2015, 12:05 AM EST

"[N]ow that [House Speaker John] Boehner has invited [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu to speak before Congress... the White House is telling its media surrogates to attack," conservative radio host Mark Levin noted on his January 21 radio program. "Forget about Boehner, attack Israel and Netanyahu, they have violated diplomatic protocol!"

January 21, 2015, 3:46 PM EST

A funny little graphics fail from the crew of MSNBC's The Cycle on Wednesday afternoon. In a color-coded electoral map for 2012, Alabama and Texas, among other states, were erroneously shown in Democratic blue rather than Republican red.

January 20, 2015, 11:23 PM EST

The push to repeal ObamaCare is part of a Republican effort to "roll back history," thundered Chris Matthews at various points on Tuesday night during MSNBC coverage. The Hardball host first tried out the line on Republican pundit and former RNC chairman Michael Steele during the evening's edition of Hardball.

January 20, 2015, 8:25 PM EST

Railing against how Republicans want to "make it ethnic" when it comes to criticism of Islamist terrorism, Hardball host Chris Matthews this evening insisted that President Obama was correct to eschew referring to the Charlie Hebdo office massacre by al Qaeda operatives as "Islamic terrorism."

What's more, Matthews made a point of insisting that he refuses to identify in solidarity with the slain cartoonists.

January 20, 2015, 6:25 PM EST

The State of the Union address this year falls one day after the federal Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. So it's quite fitting that Speaker John Boehner have as his honored guest a black human-rights activist.

But alas, said human-rights activist is also a Cuban dissident, a former political prisoner of the Castro regime and a critic of President Obama's push to normalize relations with Cuba without any concomitant political and economic reforms on the island to empower the impoverished, oppressed people there.

January 19, 2015, 8:47 PM EST

Nothing says celebrating nonviolent civil-rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. Day than calling for someone's "head on a platter," either literally or figuratively.

Enter Charles Ellison of the Philadelphia Tribune. In a panel discussion on the January 19 edition of MSNBC's Hardball, the liberal journalist lamented how the Congressional Black Caucus was not demanding the resignation of  Steve Scalise (R-La.) and how the Pelican State's lone Democratic congressman had defended Scalise against charges of racism.

January 19, 2015, 5:12 PM EST

Let's face it, watching MSNBC coverage of the State of the Union is not all that exciting. It's going to be a predictable slobbery love-fest for President Obama and lack any serious consideration of conservative critiques of the president's left-wing laundry list.

So maybe that's why network producers whipped up a promo video featuring a montage of MSNBC anchor over top a hard-rocking music bed. As Tara Ariano of quipped, it's as if network suits were trying to evoke NHL hockey playoffs.

January 19, 2015, 1:08 PM EST

MSNBC plays the race card 365 days a year, but on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, you can be sure they'll really ham it up. Witness writer Jane Timm's pathetic attempt to bash the GOP as racist by bringing up decades-old votes on whether or not to make the civil-rights leader's birthday a federal holiday.

"GOP haunted by anti-MLK Day votes," blares a teaser headline on the home page. "Amid highly publicized racial tension in areas like Ferguson, Missouri and New York City, these nay votes have received renewed scrutiny and attention," adds the caption beneath a black-and-white photo of President Reagan signing into law a bill to make MLK Day a federal holiday.


January 16, 2015, 4:38 PM EST

"OLD SCHOOL POPE" blares the teaser headline at "Francis finds fault with gay marriage," notes the subheader promoting Michele Richinick's story on the pontiff's remarks made during a visit to the Philippines.