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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Last night's GOP presidential primary debate was remarkably void of personal insults or theatrical flourishes. One Daily Beast writer also thinks it was marked by too much civility as she slammed Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich for failing to condemn Donald Trump for either a sucker-punch thrown at a North Carolina rally or for his campaign manager's alleged manhandling of a Breitbart reporter following a press conference earlier this week.

After noting that tonight's GOP was thoroughly substantive and devoid of cheap shots and insult comedy, MSNBC's Chris Matthews whined to guest Robert Costa of the Washington Post that Ted Cruz's voice was "very hard to listen to" and that the Texas Republican "whines all the time."

Wrapping up a segment regarding the arrest of an elderly white North Carolina man for sucker-punching a Trump rally protester, MSNBC's Chris Matthews held back from saying the motive must be racism but concluded that "anything you want to assume about it is fair at this point."

According to MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews, Marco Rubio has no real base of political support except for some center-right newspaper columnists and well-heeled "neo-con" donors, the latter group seeing the Florida senator as the loyal "soldier boy" for "the next war."

It's instructive how reporter Jane Timm colored her reporting on former GOP presidential contender Carly Fiorina's endorsement today of Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.

"Donde esta Marco?" Telemundo anchor and MSNBC contributor Jose Diaz-Balart crowed as he exulted over the Florida Republicans poor showing in primaries in Mississippi and Michigan. The journalist's little bit of Spanish lingo as Rush Limbaugh might call it elicited laughter from left-wing MSNBCer Rachel Maddow.

Normally when liberal media folks find out a celebrity is a conservative Republican, they ignore the development or dismiss it as irrelevant. But Caitlyn, formerly Bruce, Jenner, is quite the different story, with the transgender former Olympic athlete coming out as a fan of *gasp* Ted Cruz.

Live television, particularly news broadcasting, is bound to have the occasion slip-up or gaffe here and there. Some nights are much better than others and some much worse. Tonight, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews had four such slips of the tongue, including confusing an NBC reporter's name with that of a movie star.

"A Rhode Island school says it won’t accept or enroll transgender students," complained the Daily Beast's Samantha Allen beginning her March 4 story, "Catholic Prep School: No Transgender Studnets." 

"Catholic Rhode Island private school Mount Saint Charles Academy is open to everyone—so long as they’re not transgender," she noted.

Did Ted Cruz do a good job mixing it up with Donald Trump tonight? If Chris Matthews's reaction is any indication, you'd have to say yes. The Texas senator, he sneered, was "Joe McCarthy at his worst" in his exchange with Trump in which he challenged the New York real-estate developer to release an off-the-record chat with the New York Times in which he allegedly admitted that his tough rhetoric on immigration was all a ruse.

Pounding out the same drum beat he's done for the past two nights, MSNBC's Chris Matthews railed against the supposedly un-democratic manuever that Trump detractors in the GOP hold out as an option in Cleveland: denying him a victory in Cleveland by holding out a unity candidate who can command a majority on a second ballot for the nomination.

Doubling down on his gripe from last night that the Republican convention might not award Donald Trump the nomination if he rolls into Cleveland with a plurality, but less than a majority, of the delegates, MSNBC's Chris Matthews insisted that such a move would be akin to the "democracy" that takes place in Iran, where the "mullahs" – although Chris erroneously pronounced the word as moolahs – have the final say.

With Donald Trump securing first-place wins in most primaries on Super Tuesday, MSNBC's Chris Matthews set about to cast Trump as the inevitable nominee and to paint the GOP as acting in an illegitimate fashion were it to attempt to thwart a Trump nomination should he head into Cleveland having won most state primaries. But as his guest Tom DeLay tried to explain, the rules dictate that the nomination is won by a majority of delegates, not a majority of primary wins. 

OK, so this isn't bias, but it is a funny little gaffe. Apparently New Jersey native Brian Williams thinks pulled pork is a Texas barbecue delicacy. It's not. Texas BBQ is known for beef brisket. For her part, fellow MSNBCer Rachel Maddow, who hails from California, politely corrected him.

"Donald Trump was up at a podium, saying that America had gone weak and was headed for disaster," but here's the twist, Michael Daly wrote this Super Tuesday at the Daily Beast website, "This was 1987 and Trump was denouncing the course of the country as set by President Reagan, who was famously known for being the nicest of guys."

Ted Cruz's suggestion that Donald Trump's tax returns may show extensive business dealing with business tied to the mafia is simply below-the-belt "McCarthy stuff" that should scandalize Texas voters, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews complained on his February 29 program.

"It may not be good for America, but it's good for CBS."

That's how network executive chairman and reliable Democratic donor Les Moonves described Donald Trump's frontrunner status in the GOP primary, noted the Hollywood Reporter today.

Last night on a special post-debate edition of Hardball, MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews railed against Ted Cruz for his supposedly McCarthyite attacks on Donald Trump vis-a-vis his undisclosed tax returns. Yet in August 2012 after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) insisted on the Senate floor that an unnamed source told him Romney hadn't paid taxes in a decade, Matthews led his program with the charge and gave it credence. 

Earlier tonight I noted how Telemundo journalist and CNN debate panelist Maria Celeste Arrarás suggested that Sens. Cruz and Rubio were out of touch with most Latino Americans and didn't care about expanding the GOP's appeal beyond its base. Well, towards the close of tonight's debate, Arraras again posed a question which implied that Cuban-American Sen. Rubio was out of step with the interests of Puerto Rican voters because of his opposition to allowing the island's government to declare bankruptcy.

During tonight's Republican debate on CNN, panelist María Celeste Arrarás of Telemundo implied that both Sens. Cruz and Rubio were Hispanics who had little if any regard for fellow members of their ethnicity and were instead playing to a largely-white GOP base.