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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CBS's The Early Show this week offered balance in its treatment of embryonic stem cell research in its two part series, "Two Faces of Hope," but came short of fully delivering. Monday's installment by Hattie Kauffman centered on Cody Unser, a paralyzed stem cell research advocate, with no critics allowed talking head time to cast doubt on the promise of embryonic stem cell research. Tuesday's mostly positive portrayal of frozen embryo adoption by correspondent Tracy Smith, however, featured a critic of embryo adoption, as well as Smith asking her story's subjects, J.J. and Tracy Jones, if they had allowed their adopted son to be used as a "political pawn" at a White House event they attended in May which encouraged embryo adoption.


Ten years ago, Connie Chung, then of CBS News, tricked then-Speaker Newt Gingrich's mother, Kathleen Gingrich, into revealing the 5-letter epithet that her son called Hillary Clinton, by assuring Mrs. Gingrich that the disclosure was "just between you and me."


CBS legal analyst Andrew Cohen makes clear his disdain for conservative congressional Republicans, particularly their view that Congress should rein in the power of the courts, by the legislative and constitutional remedies availed of Congress by the Constitution, in his latest online column, "Lady Justice Rising." The extent to which Congress can and should limit the scope of federal courts is a reasonable debate to have---particularly after the Court's recent 5-4 Kelo v. New London decision which ran roughshod over property rights and the traditional understanding of the limits of government's power to seize private property---but not to Cohen, who praises outgoing Justice Sandra Day O'Connor for her criticism of Republican Hill leaders regarding their recent rhetoric on curtailing the courts in his latest opinion piece on CBSNews.com.


Perhaps an attempt to reignite the media firestorm over Karl Rove, a front page story in Thursday's Washington Post based on a secret June 2003 State Department memo "central" to the Valerie Plame leak investigation and leaked to staff writers Walter Pincus and Jim VandeHei was given a misleading headline which prompts readers into thinking Valerie Plame's was widely known in the Bush administration as that of a covert CIA agent.


Not an instance of bias, but a touch of humor: The Late Late Show's host Craig Ferguson gently ribbed his network's entertainment and news lineup during his opening monologue last night/this early morning, scoring laughs off the tedium of CBS's 60 Minutes by comparing that show to braving long lines at theme parks.


John Roberts, the CBS News correspondent, gives grudging respect to the White House for message management, if not the Supreme Court nominee who shares his name, in a web posting to CBSNews.com today.


In his analysis piece on whether Judge John Roberts will face smooth
sailing towards confirmation or be shipwrecked by a liberal Democratic
"Borking," CBS News legal analyst Andrew Cohen says to "Go Ahead and Bet the Ranch" that Roberts is the next associate justice of the US Supreme Court.


In my last post, I relayed how Inside Politics (IP) had not picked up on a new poll showing decreasing support for Osama bin Laden in the Arab world and a concurrent increase of belief in democratic reform. Well, IP again ignored that story today, fixating again on a Karl Rove angle to the Valerie Plame leak investigation. Senior political analyst Bill Schneider, however, did have time to rattle off negative poll results for President Bush hot off the presses from the Washington Post dealing with, you guessed it, the Karl Rove story.

Of the 11 segments aired on IP, only 3 had nothing to do with Rove: a Bruce Morton piece on state dinners under President Bush versus other recent presidents; the "political bytes" segment about 2008 hopefuls campaigning at the National Governor's Association meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, over the weekend; and "blog reporter" Jacki Schechner on a blogger who was fired after her boss read her blog. [click title bar for full post]


A regular feature on Anderson Cooper 360 is a recurring segment where Anderson relaying the White House talking points of the day, as seen from the daily White House press briefing.


While Eleanor Clift is heralding Judith Miller as a principled journalist taking a fall to cover for an possibly criminal secret source in her recent column in Newsweek, Howard Kurtz in today’s Washington Post reports that many legal experts believe that Miller’s jail time is the product of her and the New York Times’s stubborness, not a stand on journalistic principle but rather, in the words of legal expert Jonathan Turley, "spoiling for a fight."


Is Paula Zahn’s notion of balanced political coverage tag-teaming with the liberal guest in a conservative-liberal debate segment? You could argue that after watching last night’s edition of Paula Zahn Now, which featured an interview/debate segment regarding the Valerie Plame leak investigation with Katrina Vanden Heuvel, the editor of the liberal magazine The Nation, and Rev. Joe Watkins, a pastor and Republican political consultant.


A quick by the numbers look at Rove coverage on Inside Politics today:

Out of 14 segments on IP, nine were devoted to the Karl Rove/CIA leak story:


Yesterday on CNN's Inside Politics, host du jour Candy Crowley essentially got Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to confess his litmus test on abortion for Supreme Court nominees, but didn't press him on the matter, despite her colleague Bill Schneider last week asserting that only conservatives, not liberals, have a litmus test stance on abortion.


Although CNN's Aaron Brown on Friday said the following in the context of a relatively balanced interview with Orange County, California mosque leader Imam Mostafa al-Qazwini, the following betrays why the liberal media just don't get conservative criticism of moderate Muslims for failure to do more to call for an end to the radical Islamic terrorism which gave the world 9/11, Spain's 3/11 attacks, and now the 7/7 London bombings:


Today show co-host Katie Couric concluding an interview with Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff about his agency's response to the London bombings yesterday departed from the apolitical, unbiased questions she'd been asking to showcase Senator Hillary Clinton's criticism of the Bush administration's budgeting for railway security.