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.

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The microblogging service devoted a "Moment" Monday morning to celebrate the veto of a religious liberty bill in Georgia. The Republican governor, Nathan Deal, rejected the bill after tremendous pressure from corporate interests, particularly in the entertainment and sports industries.

In a segment on the March 24 edition of MSNBC's MTP Daily devoted to the matter of Donald Trump's misogynistic attack on Sen. Ted Cruz's wife Heidi, a reporter from MTV News suggested that what's really violent towards women is the Texas Republican's position on abortion.

One way liberal media reporters who cover the Supreme Court subtly skew their coverage in a liberal direction is by focusing on a given Court case through the lens of the how it impacts the government or how it would deal a "blow" to a liberal policy agenda, not how it impacts the rights of individuals who claim injury to the constitutional liberties. The Wall Street Journal's Jess Bravin and Louise Radnofsky were no exception today in their coverage of the Little Sisters of the Poor lawsuit against the Obama/Burwell HHS over the contraceptive mandate.

A few months ago, Twitter rolled out a new curated feature called "Moments," which gives users a roundup of interesting tweets related to a news item that's hot on Twitter at the moment. With human curation, of course, come human biases, and, unsurprisingly, more often than not they seem to be liberal in nature when it comes to politics.

During his nightly "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," Hardball host Chris Matthews let loose with a Harry Belafonte impression that was so bad you, well, just watch.

According to the Daily Beast's Jay Michaelson, not only is the lawsuit against the Obama administration over the contraceptive mandate based on "tortured logic," it's sinful.

President Obama essentially "phoned it in" Tuesday with his lackluster response to the terrorist attacks in Brussels, MSNBC host Chris Matthews suggested on the Tuesday edition of Hardball. "Let's talk about President Obama's behavior today," the usual enthusiastic Obama-backer Matthews said, contending: "The president was off base today." 

Liberals love to heap scorn on corporations and liberal media outlets like the Daily Beast have particularly been keen on hounding the NFL in the past few years for everything from its tax-exempt status to its handling of concussive injury in its players to its handling of allegations of physical and sexual violence by star players. But now that the league is hard at work trying to kill a religious liberty law in Georgia, well, the NFL has some newfound respect at the Daily Beast.

If you didn't hear Ted Cruz's speech to AIPAC tonight and relied on MSNBC's Joy Reid for a summary, you'd believe the Texas senator was utterly devoid of any "humanity," and exhibited dictatorial tendencies.

President Obama once infamously told donors that there were many critics of his who "cling to guns or religion." So it's not surprising that the Daily Beast today derided Mississippi conservatives who think that individual churches should be empowered by state law to allow worshipers to carry concealed weapons on their premises if they so wish.

Three Pinocchios. That's the grade the liberal-leaning Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler gave to Democrats' claims that Republicans' plans to bottle up Merrick Garland's nomination to the Supreme court were an abrogation of their constitutional duty.

"John Kasich Is No Moderate" a teaser headline at's home page warns over an ominous black-and-white photo of the Ohio governor. Sure "[t]he genial Ohio governor has forged a reputation as a pragmatic centrist who can bring people together," the teaser caption notes, but, "His record and policy positions tell a different story."

In a bizarre moment on Thursday's Hardball in which host Chris Matthews noted how many suburban conservative are "embarrassed" by party nomination frontrunner Donald Trump, the MSNBC host subtly attacked these voters as "white flight" Republicans who perhaps exhibit a "tinge" of racism but are embarrassed by the blatant, overt racism they see in Donald Trump's campaign pitch.

Referring to GOP senators vowing to not hold hearings for President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, MSNBC's Chris Matthews suggested racism may be to blame. "Do you think this is another one of those boots in the face of the president on the racial front?" the Hardball host asked African-American White House correspondent April Ryan on the March 16 edition of the program.

"This may be new low-grade Trump," huffed Chris Matthews as he introduced a new short Instagram video by the Trump campaign which mocks Hillary Clinton with a clip of the Democratic presidential frontrunner barking like a dog.

Merrick Garland, President Obama's pick to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia, is "a very careful jurist," not an ideologue in the least, MSNBC's chief legal reporter Ari Melber insisted in a brief segment during the 4 p.m. Eastern hour on Wednesday.

Shortly after Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) wrapped up his victory speech, MSNBC's Brian Williams snarked that there was no "media cabal" that's dead set against giving non-Trump primary candidates virtually no air time. 

Replying to a tweet about a story reporting that Ben Carson hints he was promised a position in a potential Trump administration, MTVNews senior writer Ira Madison III quipped "House or field?" 

"I hate doing things by race, but we do," insisted Chris Matthews by way of apology, almost, to Hillary Clinton in a townhall discussion aired tonight on MSNBC. The Hardball host said this as he was rattling through exit polling data that showed her rival Bernie Sanders did better with white voters while she commands a vast majority of black voters in primary contests.

Watch it happen like clockwork twice this year. Adjusting the clock for daylight savings? No. MSNBC's fear-mongering about voter ID laws, happening now in front of the North Carolina, Florida, and Ohio primaries and surely to repeat later this fall in front of the general election in those states.