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 special pre-State of the Union coverage on MSNBC moments ago, Hardball host Chris Matthews unwittingly admitted President Obama's weakness vis-a-vis Iran as regards the Islamic Republic's capture of 10 U.S. sailors.

"I could be VERY WRONG but this feels more like Iran acting as Triple AAA than the Iranian Hostage Crisis Redux," ThinkProgress alum and BuzzFeed World News Editor/Reporter Hayes Brown tweeted earlier this afternoon. 

Enjoying what he sees as Ted Cruz's just deserts for not having publicly called out Birthers who questioned President Obama's eligibility for office, Hardball host Chris Matthews on Monday night reveled in Donald Trump's hammering away at Cruz's eligiblity, given he was born to his American citizen mother while she was living in Canada: "Trump may have something." Matthews also suggested Trump might get traction out of reminding Iowa Republicans that Cruz's given name is Rafael, which, apparently, is too exotic for white-bread Midwestern conservatives.

While he deserves some credit for devoted his "Let Me Finish" closing commentary segment to praising Philadelphia police officer Jesse Hartnett, Hardball host Chris Matthews curiously excised any reference to the fact that the attacker, Edward Archer, told police he was motivated by his allegiance to ISIS and his hatred of police for, in Archer's view, upholding laws that counter the teachings of the Koran.

I don't know how funny a standup comic he may be, but Dean Obeidallah is excellent at trolling. At the Daily Beast website yesterday in a piece headlined, "Hey Supreme Court, Please Settle This Ted Cruz Birther Thing," the liberal writer agreed with the Manhattan real-estate developer that "it would be 'very precarious' if Ted Cruz were the GOP nominee given that Cruz was undisputedly born in Canada."

With President Obama preparing to deliver his last State of the Union next Tuesday, the folks at Twitter thought they'd celebrate by making a "Moment" of it, collating a number of tweets related to the forthcoming address. But the end result was more or less a gauzy advertisement for the president's speech. 

With the Bureau of Labor Statistics releasing December 2015 jobs numbers today, numerous news agencies flashed out the fresh stats to their breaking-news alert subscribers. Looking at them on my iPhone this morning, I noticed that the New York Times was unique in puffing the development with editorial language rather than sticking strictly to the facts.

Moments before the start of Thursday evenings CNN town hall forum on guns, liberal presidential historian Douglas Brinkley forecast that President Obama would take the proverbial stage seeking to be a "minister" to grieving families who lost loved ones to "gun violence." For the term-limited president, it is a "yes, we can moment" as he winds down his president, Brinkley offered.

Ever the cinemaphile, Chris Matthews last night reached for a movie reference to describe what he considered Donald Trump's relentless and savage attack on Bill Clinton, dredging up the former president's infidelities and general sleaziness. It's like, the Hardball host groused, a scene in Good Will Hunting where the title character bashes another characters head into the pavement in a fight scene.

Whining that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution "has been contorted, misinterpreted, and applied in a way that destroys its intended meaning and threatens the safety and stability of our nation," self-described "race-and-culture journalist" Barrett Holmes Pitner set out to explain today at the Daily Beast's website that no, "President Obama Isn’t Taking People’s Guns—But Maybe He Should."

During a segment on tonight's Hardball centered around Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders's criticism on the campaign trail that Hillary is insufficiently liberal and a flip-flopper on key issues, host Chris Matthews insisted that the architect of single-payer Hillarycare is a down the middle centrist, at worst slightly center left.

In his much-hyped exclusive sit-down interview with Hillary Clinton, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews treated the former secretary of state to a softball chat that was heavily dominated by Donald Trump.

The toughest portion of the interview was when Matthews pressed Clinton to explain the difference between your garden-variety Democrat and self-avowed socialists like Bernie Sanders. All in all, however, it was a neatly-wrapped late Christmas present for the Democratic frontrunner.

Being early January it's both the dead of winter and New Year's resolution season. A common one is to lose some weight in the cold winter months to be ready for the beach in the summer. But as goes the Washington Post's Wonkblog, they've got a rather different resolution: health magazines should "Ban the Bikini Body."

Towards the end of her January 4 piece for the Daily Beast hailing President Obama's controversial and arguably illegal move to essentially legislate new gun controls via presidential fiat, liberal journalist-turned-pundit Eleanor Clift justified the action by complaining that gun-related deaths in the U.S. now outpace automobile accidents. 

It is simply "beyond indecent" for Donald Trump or anyone else to hit Hillary Clinton for enabling Bill Clinton's adultery and subsequent handling of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Hardball host Chris Matthews huffed on his January 4 MSNBC program.

According to filmmaker George Lucas, Russian directors at the height of the Cold War had more artistic freedom than he enjoyed when he was making movies in Hollywood. "I know a lot of Russian filmmakers and they have a lot more freedom than I have. All they have to do is be careful about criticizing the government. Otherwise, they can do anything they want," Lucas told PBS's Charlie Rose on the Christmas night edition of his eponymous interview program.

A few months ago I brought to your attention a Hardball promo which hailed Ted Kennedy as a "great" "leader" and a "lion" who "keep[s] me going non-stop." Well, Matthews is back at it with another promo which hails as "gutsy" liberal icon Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and as "grownup" the anti-gun rights former mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg.

Talk about burying your lede. Yesterday the Washington Post's Matt Schudel penned a 43-paragraph obituary marking the passing of Fernande Grudet, the "Famed proprietor of [a] Parisian brothel" which counted diplomats, European nobility, businessmen, and politicians among its clientele. Schudel waited, however, until paragraph number 20 to disclose that President John F. Kennedy was reputed to have once been a customer.

A year-ending survey of the most-admired men in the world finds President Obama topping the list, with second-place honors going to both Pope Francis and Donald Trump, who tied with 5 percent of the vote. Relaying news of the Gallup poll in their Cheat Sheet digest, Daily Beast editors sneered "Unholy," referring to the second-place tie, not to the controversial, unpopular Democratic president's top billing.

With the year swiftly coming to a close, I thought I'd take a look back at some of the stupidest comments that Hardball host Chris Matthews made on the air in 2015. These are ones I consider particularly stupid, not necessary or merely politically slanted, just head-scratchingly stupid.