Ken Shepherd

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Former NewsBusters Managing Editor

Ken Shepherd lives in New Carrollton, Md., with his wife, Laura, and four children. 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. He served as NewsBusters Managing Editor from 2007 until April 2016. Currently, he serves as "a universal-desk editor and digital writer" for The Washington Times.

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

Latest from Ken Shepherd

The Friday edition of Georgetown University's The Hoya newspaper gave Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards 19 paragraphs of favorable coverage in an article utterly devoid of a contrasting point of view, despite the fact that at least one critical question was asked of her at her April 20 appearance at the Jesuit-affiliated institution.

Political correctness insanity has been viciously mocked on South Park, but now it may also start taking a licking in the comics pages of your local newspaper.

"HB2 is hurting North Carolina's commerce" blared the headline for a Twitter "Moment" this evening which all but celebrated the left-wing corporate and political bullying of the Tar Heel State for its law overriding a Charlotte "bathroom bill." 

Earlier today at a campaign event for his wife's presidential bid, Bill Clinton launched into a testy defense of his record as president against jeers from demonstrators from the Black Lives Matter movement. While news networks, including MSNBC have covered the story, Chris Matthews remained strangely silent on it on his April 7 Hardball program.

Should a devout Christian, Orthodox Jew, or Muslim marriage counselor be sued in a state court because he or she declined to take a gay or lesbian married couple as clients? It seems patently ridiculous, right? After all, these religious traditions all reject same-sex marriage as immoral and sinful. But for liberals in the media, a proposed law in Tennessee to protect the religious freedom of marriage counselors is a troubling development that may promot "discrimination."

In Chris Matthews's mind, Ted Cruz's criticism of Donald Trump for exhibiting "New York values" was not about the social and economic liberalism of the Big Apple's cultural and political elite, but rather an attack on city life itself.

"Yet another 'religious freedom' bill stands on the brink of becoming law,"'s Emma Margolin sighed in the lead paragraph of her April 6 story, "Tennessee the latest red state poised to approve 'religious freedom' bill."

Discussing the Badger State's newly-implemented voter ID law on tonight's Hardball, MSNBC's Joy Reid was perplexed as to why student IDs for University of Wisconsin students are insufficient to establish residency for voting in the state's elections. 

Liberal columnist and lifelong Red Sox fan Mike Barnicle got busted by his colleague Joe Scarborough Tuesday afternoon for watching the Red Sox home opener. via his smartphone while on set. Barnicle apparently struggled to turn off the volume.

You say it like it's a bad thing, Chris. 

On his Monday, April 4 edition of Hardball, MSNBC host Chris Matthews quipped that Wisconsin conservative talk radio was populated by a "billion little Mark Levins."

On the eve of Wisconsin's primary, MSNBC misled viewers with a story about how the Badger State's new voter ID law goes into effect tomorrow on primary election day. Correspondent Tony Dokoupil used the plight of two new residents to the state to complain about the cost – $34 each – of an in-state driver's license. What Dokoupil failed to mention, however, was that the couple in question could easily have obtained FREE identification from the state.

Donald Trump only said explicitly what his other GOP primary challengers think and what is already in the Republican Party platform, according to Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, who made the assertion to MSNBC's Chris Matthews on tonight's Hardball.

Matthews, who the night before said that making abortion illegal was "fascistic," failed to challenge Richards's assertion.

In an otherwise decent story about senior citizens taking up shooting lessons for self-defense, the Wall Street Journal's James R. Hagerty devoted two paragraphs to an anti-gun researcher by the name of Dr. David Hemenway who essentially argued that it's a bad idea for senior citizens to keep guns in their houses. Of course, Hagerty left out how the Harvard researcher has previously sneered that gun owners are "wimps" who essentially are trying to compensate for a lack of brains and/or brawn.

While Donald Trump has been getting a lot of scrutiny for his statement that he would approve of some form of "punishment" for women who obtain abortions, it's equally noteworthy to point out that during the same town hall discussion on the abortion question, MSNBC host Chris Matthews denounced as "fascistic" the regulation of abortion.

After being introduced to ask Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) a question at tonight's MSNBC town hall hosted by Chuck Todd, a woman named Nina de Blasio added she was no relation to the leftist mayor of New York city. At that point, the crowd erupted in applause.

"Advocates for abortion rights don’t get a lot of good news, but Wednesday brought some,"'s Irin Carmon gleefully opened her March 30 story, "FDA move could radically transform abortion access."

The Obama FDA today changed labeling requirements for use of the RU-486 abortion pill. Noting the revision, the Daily Beast website cheered the move as "progress."

All too often, sports pages in major American newspapers are given over to boosterism for liberal activism. In perhaps the latest example, the Washington Post today dutifully furthered complaints by lefties about how the NCAA was "silent" on the "bathroom bill" issue in Houston, Texas – host city for this weekend's men's NCAA Final Four games.

How's this for irony? Socially liberal San Francisco Bay area-based Apple may arguably may have been bolstered in its position against the FBI in the matter of the San Bernardino jihadist's iPhone by virtue of the Hobby Lobby decision, an attorney writing in Christianity Today magazine argued today.

Clinton campaign advisor Joel Benenson's recent whining about how "negative" the "tone" was from the Bernie Sanders campaign prompted an incredulous reaction from NBC's Kasie Hunt.