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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Yes, "Hillary Clinton Really Is Coming For Your Guns," the Daily Beast's Jackie Kucinich reported Monday. "Clinton has been pushing to curb firearms for decades," noted the subheader.

Asked by MSNBC's Ayman Mohyeldin whether Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton should apologize for comparing her GOP presidential rivals to terrorists, Washington Post national political corresondent Karen Tumulty demurred, remarking that "the lesson of Donald Trump in this election season is: no apologies, just keep moving."

Wow. This is quite telling. On his Hardball program tonight, MSNBC's Chris Matthews, a native of the City of Brotherly Love, compared Hillary Clinton's campaign to the NL East cellar-dwelling Philadelphia Phillies -- 50-77 record, 20.5 games behind division-leading New York Mets.

Does MSNBC host Chris Matthews give ANY thought to the structure of his interviews? In a chat on Wednesday night's Hardball with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) about her memoir, Matthews shifted from talking Klobuchar growing up with an alcoholic father to asking her thoughts on what it was like to, I kid you not, what it was like to work with the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.). 

"Al Sharpton is leaving MSNBC's weekday dayside lineup, and moving to Sunday mornings," Politico's Alex Weprin reported this evening at

Liberal comedian Joy Behar will return this fall to ABC's The View, is reporting. She'll be joined by newcomers Candace Cameron Bure -- best known for her role as D.J. Tanner on the 1990s sitcom Full House, and Paula Faris, a journalist. 

Congressional Republican opposition to the Iran deal simply boils down to kowtowing to opposing by the Israelis, MSNBC's Chris Matthews suggested during a roundtable discussion exchange with Republican strategist John Feehery on the Monday edition of Hardball. "Why don't we just turn it over to the Knesset then?" Matthews sneered, in reply to Feehery citing Israel's concerns about Iranian-sponsored terrorism. "Why have even a foreign policy in this country?" 

But mere moments later, Matthews defended liberal Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), who is on record opposing the deal, by saying that of course he's "going to defend the interests of Israel and it's legitimate he do so. OK, there's nothing wrong with that. It's a fact." this afternoon hyped an exchange between liberal actress Ellen Page, who is a lesbian, and Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on the issue of protecting the religious liberties of wedding-service providers who won't take same-sex wedding jobs due to religious convictions.

Fortunately for readers, they included the full video of the exchange which shows Cruz capably and politely schooling Ms. Page on the issue. 

Teasing his softball interview with Sen. Claire McCaskill, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews hailed as "gutsy" the Missouri Democrat's coming out today to endorse President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran. Missouri's nickname is the "Show-Me State," yet nowhere in his interview did Matthews ask McCaskill about the logic of jumping on board a nuclear deal by which, as NBC's own Andrea Mitchell reported, the International Atomic Energy Agency will allow the Islamic Republic to self-inspect a military installation.

Is that a promise, Chris?

Tonight on MSNBC, mocking the notion that Hillary Clinton's e-mail server woes may eventually push her out of the presidential campaign, network anchor Chris Matthews sneered that when that happens, he'd wrap his Hardball program.

The award for trollish headline of the day should go to

Last week, you may recall, an EPA bureaucrat fouled the Animas River in Colorado by accidentally unleashing a torrent of polluted water from an abandoned mine. Fast forward to today and the Obama/McCarthy EPA's announcement of a new rule intended to tighten methane emissions from oil and natural gas exploration. MSNBC host the Rev. Al Sharpton brought on EPA administrator Gina McCarthy to discuss the new regulation. 

As it was virtually impossible to ignore the Animas River contamination, Sharpton sought to quickly dispatch the issue before getting to friendlier territory.

Donald Trump's refusal to say that as president he would discard the Iranian nuclear deal brokered by the Obama administration is "eminently sensible" and a sign that the Manhattan real-estate tycoon is not beholden to conservative Tea Party orthodoxy, MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes argued on his August 17 All In program.

"Meet the Man Who Claims to Be the Kissing Soldier in That Famous V-J Day Photo," promises the headline for Time magazine's August 14 article on a man by the name of George Mendonsa, who claims to be the sailor in the famous photo showing an unnamed sailor kissing an unnamed nurse in Times Square on V-J Day. They've since corrected the error, but we have the screen capture.

Maj. Jason Brezler of the United States Marine Corps Reserves, is not a household name. But perhaps he should be. Brezler's military career is ruined thanks to one fleeting email transgression, and that committed as a split-second decision to save the lives of American servicemen in imminent danger. While Hillary Clinton will likely not suffer serious criminal or political repercussions for her sending classified material from a private email, Brezler's career ir probably ruined.

Cuban dissidents will not take part in Friday's formal ceremony opening the U.S. Embassy in Havana tomorrow, something that Secretary of State John Kerry is chalking up to a matter of respecting diplomatic protocol and a lack of space at the venue. But the controversy over the matter was omitted entirely from an NBC News article at on Thursday evening.

The creator of HBO's The Wire, a liberal former Baltimore Sun reporter David Simon, has come out and blamed former President Bill Clinton for the large number of young black men in America's prisons.  He also praised a quite conservative Southern state for leading the way on criminal-justice reform.

On the August 10 edition of National Public Radio (NPR) Boston affiliate WBUR's Here & Now program, host Robin Young made reference to pro-life Republicans as "anti-choice." The reference, which violates NPR's own style manual, came in the midst of a discussion with Princeton University professor Julian Zelizer about Republican presidential candidates' plans to roll back various policy initiatives of the Obama era.

MSNBC's Saturday mornings might be dominated by professor Melissa Harris-Perry and her exceedingly esoteric left-wing academic nuttiness, but weekday anchor Craig Melvin today offered viewers a breath of fresh air when it comes to the issue of political correctness run amok at America's colleges and universities.

Of the Big Three evening newscasts last night, only the CBS Evening News devoted a brief story to the close of the show trial of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian in the Islamic Republic of Iran.