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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Welcoming his first guest on his Tuesday Hardball program to discuss the rise of Donald Trump and the "Fall of the House of Bush" and other establishment Republicans, MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews gushed over former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as the last of a dying breed of "moderate"  "cosmopolitan" pro-choice East Coast Republicans.

Leave it to to dutifully act as Hillary Clinton campaign stenographers. That's precisely what weriter Nicole Brown did Tuesday afternoon with her story "Hillary Clinton receives letter from 'little feminist.'"

MSNBC host Chris Matthews closed out his October 19 Hardball program with the strange assertion that President George W. Bush is both ultimately responsible for allowing the 9/11 attacks to happen AND the murder of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya eleven years later under the Obama/Clinton State Department.

Chris Matthews was at it again last night on Hardball railing against the "Daddy Warbucks" influence in politics, insisting that wealthy super PAC donors like Sheldon Adelson were hoping to buy their preferred candidate in the GOP presidential primary. But an interesting thing happened during the segment when liberal guest Willie Brown, a former mayor of San Francisco, challenged Matthews's simplistic leftist lament about money in politics.

Hillary Clinton doesn't need to rail again against the evils of a "vast right-wing conspiracy" these days since Republicans are all too eager to openly admit they're out to get her, USA Today's Susan Milligan insisted on Thursday's edition of Hardball: “The amazing thing is that she does not even have to talk about a vast right-wing conspiracy and have people make fun of her for it, because they're doing it on their own.”

Yesterday in a live report from Jerusalem, NBC reporter Ayman Mohyeldin -- winner of the Damn Those Conservatives to Hell Award at the 2015 MRC DisHonors Dinner -- strongly suggested that a Palestinian man that Israel police killed was not armed with a knife and did not attempt to stab anyone. He was quickly corrected by his colleague Jose Diaz-Balart, anchoring the 10 a.m. Eastern hour of MSNBC Live.

On tonight's edition of Hardball, MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews tried but failed to get NBC News correspondent Katy Tur, who's assigned to cover the Donald Trump presidential campaign, to speak negatively about the Republican candidate. She declined, saying, "you know I can't answer that!"

During a post-debate interview with socialist Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), MSNBC Hardball host admitted that ObamaCare was setting the country on the trajectory for "single-payer" health care, the sort of socialized medicine employed in Canada and the United Kingdom. Matthews hailed such as model as "simple" and "the most efficient" but then queried Sanders about how we might actually be able to pay for it.

Heading out to commercial break shortly before 10:30 p.m. Eastern, CNN Democratic debate moderator Anderson Cooper cracked a joke that implied the debate audience was full of potheads, or at least former ones.

After momentarily berating Bernie Sanders flack Tad Devine over the socialist's prickliness about being questioned about his technically being an independent, not a registered Democrat, Hardball host Chris Matthews tonight praised the Vermont senator's dovish tack on foreign policy, hailing how he would keep the U.S. out of "all those goddamn wars!"

Cradle Catholic Chris Matthews devoted a segment of his Oct. 7 Hardball program to furthering Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's attack line against Republicans supporting a select-committee investigation into Planned Parenthood. Clinton likened the probe to the select committee investigating Benghazi. Joining in on the fun was liberal Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.).

Leave it to Chris Matthews to find a way to blast the GOP as racist and xenophobic in a softball promotional segment plugging a new book on the life and politics of the late Jack Kemp.

Politico reported today that numerous sources are pointing to Vice President Joe Biden himself as the anonymous source who told the New York Times's Maureen Dowd about Beau Biden's dying wish that his father run for the presidency.

While the Biden camp is strongly denying that there was any political motivation for effectively putting feelers out for a presidential campaign via a friendly columnist, it certainly does look bad. Even so, tonight's Hardball panel seemed to think it was no big deal if Mr. Biden effectively politicized his son's untimely death due to brain cancer.

On his Monday edition of Hardball, MSNBC host Chris Matthews, along with panelists Eugene Robinson, Howard Fineman, and Joan Walsh hit socialist Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) from the left for his voting record on gun rights, particularly a 2005 bill that granted civil immunity from gun manufacturers. At one point, Matthews even oddly compared Sanders to the late liberal-but-racist segregationist Sen. William Fulbright (D-Ark.), suggesting his vote on the gun immunity bill was unforgivable much like Fulbright's defense of Jim Crow.

Today is the first Monday in October and with it the beginning of the Supreme Court's new term. For the occasion, Politico's Josh Gerstein gave readers "5 cases to watch as Supreme Court term begins," using rather loaded language in the story to give a heavy liberal spin to the docket preview.

During a live-shot wherein she trashed Values Voters Summit attendees as the "far right" of the GOP, NBC correspondent Katy Tur was interrupted by an attendee who told her to quiet down.

According to those eminent Catholic theologians at ABC News Radio, Pope Francis is ignoring an answer to the Church's regular prayers for more priests: women who are eager to serve in that capacity.


Cradle Catholic Chris Matthews spent the first segment of his September 23 Hardball program effusively praising Pope Francis, particularly for raising immigration and climate change in his brief remarks at a welcome ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House. But in a later segment, Matthews and guests Joan Walsh and Sister Simone Campbell lamented how even the liberal-leaning Francis is closed to the idea of women serving as priests in the Catholic Church.

At one point, Matthews offered up his theory for why the opposition was so long-standing, and it boiled down to, wait for it, a celibate Catholic clergy.

Welcome to the United States, Pope Francis, it's "indefensible" that Catholic hospitals refuse to perform tubal ligation surgery on women. That is the thrust of a Daily Beast piece written by one Jessica Mann, who explained her plight in a September 23 article headlined, "A Catholic Hospital Says It’s ‘Evil’ For Me to Get My Tubes Tied"

Filling in for Chris Matthews on Hardball tonight, NBC's Chuck Todd noted at the open of the program that Pope Francis's U.S. visit would likely yield moments where he speak out to the discomfit of both Republicans and Democrats on certain policy issues. Yet Todd himself didn't seek the emulate such balance when he interviewed Catholic senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.).