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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Republicans like Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina seem to "enjoy" it when an abortion clinic is attacked by a crazed gunman because it opens another opportunity for them to attack the liberal media, Hardball host Chris Matthews bizarrely theorized on his November 30 program.

On the Nov. 30 edition of MSNBC's MTP Daily, pro-abortion rights absolutist Sen. Barbara Boxer was given free rein to draw a line connecting pro-life rhetoric with Friday's fatal shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. While guest host Steve Kornacki meekly asked the California Democrat if she saw a connection between the two, he failed to chastise her for smearing a significant plurality, if not majority, of Americans who consider that, yes, abortion does end a human life and hence amounts to killing babies.

A new Fox News poll shows Hillary Clinton losing six different matchups with prospective GOP rivals in the 2016 presidential race. Fortunately for her, MSNBC Hardball guest host Alex Wagner completely ignored the alarming news by picking up a Washington Post poll statistic showing Hillary with a stronger approval rating than her GOP rivals on the issue of combating terrorism.

During an interview with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) regarding his efforts to ensure New York City remains safe during heightened security in the wake of ISIS terrorist attacks, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews insisted "the NRA is nondiscriminatory when it comes to who gets guns. They're for everybody getting them, including terrorists."

Back in the mid-1980s, a hero of Chris Matthews's, Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy (D-Mass.), attempted to mock Ronald Reagan's anti-ballistic missile shield program, the Strategic Defense Initiative, by tagging it as a "Star Wars" program. But rather than catching on as a derisive term, most Americans thought it absolutely cool the idea that the U.S. could defense a way to blow up incoming nuclear missiles and thereby neutralize the Soviet nuclear threat.

Fast foward 32 years to tonight and it seems the MSNBC Hardball host thought that comparing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to Luke Skywalker was a great way to mock him for his soaring rhetoric on the House floor about defending the country from terrorism.

When your most worshipful devotee in the liberal media thinks you're acting in an unpresidential manner, you know you've gone too far.

Pulling an Officer Barbrady, the Reuters news wire this afternoon essentially told us all to "move along, people" as regards news of five Syrians caught in Honduras bound for the U.S. with fake Greek passports.

Leave it to a Daily Beast writer to ride to the rescue of members of the world's oldest profession.

As Politico reported earlier today, Secretary of State John Kerry seemed to see a "rationale" in the deadly terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper office back in January, unlike target pattern in Friday's coordinated terror strikes in Paris. Reporter Eliza Collins posted her story at 4:14 p.m. Eastern, about 3 hours prior to MSNBC's Hardball went live on the air. That's plenty of time to work the stunning gaffe into the broadcast. But, alas, host Chris Matthews failed to do so.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's position on halting Syrian refugees in light of the Paris terrorist attacks is "A gut punch to Syrians in Michigan," according to a headline for a Washington Post story in today's paper which was thoroughly one-sided on the issue.

All three of the major broadcast networks' evening newscasts tonight covered the largely-Republican pushback against President Obama's plan to move 10,000 Syrian refugees on to American soil. But only NBC's Hallie Jackson noted that the move by state governors was bipartisan, with first-in-the-nation primary host New Hampshire's Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) objecting to the Obama administration placing refugees in the Granite State.

In a federal court filing earlier today, the Associated Press news wire blasted the Obama/Kerry State Department for dragging their feet as regards releasing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's e-mails.

The U.S. Supreme Court today announced it would hear a case involving a challenge to Texas's regulation of abortion clinics. In her four-paragraph story on the matter, however The Hill newspaper's Sarah Ferris failed to explain the perspective of defenders of the law. 

Perhaps kudos are in order for the usually left-leaning Daily Beast for a piece today headlined, "P.C. Police Tearing Apart California’s Claremont McKenna College."

Republican presidential candidates are not really concerned about free speech on college campuses, they're simply going back to the 1960's and 1970's playbook in slamming liberal academia, liberal Hardball panelists agreed tonight. Yet not once in the past few days has host Chris Matthews explained to his audience the sort of censorious radicalism displayed by the "Concerned Student 1950" protesters and sympathizers at Missouri.

According to Chris Matthews, it's uncertain whether the term Hispanic can properly be used to describe GOP presidential aspirants Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Marco Rubio (Florida). It's better to say they are "Cuban nationals," offered the Hardball host on his Nov. 11 program.

Conservatives revere the Bill of Rights, including the 2nd Amendment, and highly respect those who have worn the uniform of this nation. So naturally MSNBC found Veterans Day a perfect opportunity to troll by giving a pro-gun control Army veteran a platform to insist "It’s time for vets to speak up about gun safety."

At the end of an interview segment tonight on Hardball, MSNBC host Chris Matthews and former Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) traded stories about their brushes with journalists who used goofy-looking photos of them as cover art to adorn magazine profiles.

Chris Matthews has voiced over a new MSNBC Hardball promo which, among other things, hails the late Ted Kennedy as a paragon of statesmanship, a "great" "leader" a "lion" who "keep[s] me going non-stop."

Discussing media scrutiny over unsubstantiated claims that Dr. Ben Carson has made in his memoirs, Hardball host Chris Matthews pontificated about the importance of fact-checking one's own book to make sure everything is kosher. But where was he when the veracity of President Obama's memoirs was brought up in 2012?