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.

Latest from Ken Shepherd

Yesterday afternoon, controversial rapper Kanye West had a bit of a stopped-clock moment when he tweeted a surprisingly rather conservative statement.

Leland Yee, a San Francisco Democrat and staunch proponent of stiffer gun-control laws was sentenced today in federal court on corruption charges tied to, among other things, a conspiracy to traffic weapons. Although this is off-the-charts hypocritical of Mr. Yee, a wonderfully sensational corrupt politician story ripe for national news, none of the Big Three broadcast evening news programs last night so much as devoted a news brief to the story.

In an interview aired tonight on ABC's World News Tonight, Apple CEO Tim Cook told anchor David Muir that it was FBI incompetence that essentially led to the San Bernardino's county-issued iPhone to be locked up and its data inaccessible. What's more, lamented Cook, he learned about the court order, like the rest of the country, from the media rather than directly from the FBI.

On Tuesday's Hardball, Chris Matthews reiterated his view that Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) would be a good crossing-the-aisle pick to be Hillary's vice presidential running mate. "Hey, I've talked about him being on the ticket with Hillary. So I do like Kasich. I'm not sure how the hell he fits into your party anymore. I wonder if your party has room for a moderate like Kasich anymore. I just wonder."

"[I]t’s just another day in America with guns," complained Chris Hayes as he concluded a nearly two-minute mini-segment on his February 22 edition of All In lamenting a lack of political will to move forward on more federal gun restriction legislation.

Hayes began the segment with a clip of President Obama lecturing about the "hard truth" that "we probably lost even more Americans" than in San Bernardino "to guns this weekend alone" with "another one of our communities terrorized by gun violence."

Donald Trump may strike general election voters as "moderate" and hence be "electable," more so than anyone else remaining in the GOP primary field, because of his stand in favor of taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood. That's the take of MSNBC's Steve Kornacki, at least: "When you look at health care, Planned Parenthood, he could be more moderate, maybe more electable, than any Republican I’ve seen."

Chris Matthews gave guest Harry Reid (D-Nevada) a softball interview tonight wherein the Senate Minority :eader blamed Republicans on a lack of comity in the world's greatest deliberative body and insisted Democrats had always opposed extreme delay-and-deny tactics for presidential judicial nominations. Although this is patently false, Matthews didn't challege his assertions.

If you're a Democrat serving in the military overseas, you may have to pay a pretty penny if you want to phone in and caucus in Saturday's Nevada caucus.

Yes, Hardball's Chris Matthews really asked that of the Ohio governor.

The correct notion that President Bush's presidency post-9/11 saw no successful terror attacks on American soil is simply Republican "religion" among the party faithful, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews scoffed on his February 17 program.

The late Antonin Scalia was a "good soul" personally but had a backwards, outdated "ideology," Chris Matthews asserted on his February 16 Hardball program. Of course, in the process, Matthews both confused Scalia's philosophy of legal interpretation with "ideology" and misnamed it as "originalist" when in fact Scalia repeatedly took pains to describe his philosophy as "textualism."

So apparently a "Moments" curator at Twitter has taken offense at Jeb Bush tweeting out a photo of a handgun which he owns. 

So it's not as blatant or graphic as a gun pointed to his head, but a recent Associated Press campaign photo of presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz shows the Texas Republican appearing with the word "Rusted" in the background during a campaign stop. The sign reads "Trusted" in contrasting colors of blue (Trus) and red (Ted), but Cruz himself is standing in such a way as to obstruct the letter "T."

One of the raps on secular news journalism is that folks in the profession tend to be markedly areligious if not irreligious, compared to the general population. But there are notable exceptions. Here's one I came across last week from across the Pond.

Last October, after about six months of dawdling, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio finally came out with an endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president. Yet on tonight's Hardball, anchor Chris Matthews made it sound like the mayor probably wishes he had his old campaign-manager job back and was Hillary's "Mickey in the corner" at every debate.

Politico On Media writer Peter Sterne got his hands on a February 11 memo by Gawker Media executive editor John Cook sent to staff urging them to be sure to disclose in their articles if they've given money to the politician(s) they're reporting on.

With New Hampshire in the dust and the 2016 presidential campaign moving southward to the Palmetto State, MSNBC's Chris Matthews tonight sought to paint conservative Republican Senator Ted Cruz as a latter-day Richard Nixon ginning up a bag full of "dirty tricks" for the February 20 South Carolina contest.

As the voting results started streaming in tonight, MSNBC's Chris Matthews, Mika Brzezinski, and Joe Scarborough all gushed over Donald Trump's evolution in tone on the campaign trail since Iowa. Brzezinski, for example, hailed the New York real-estate developer as "more learned" and exuding less "bravado."

Chris Matthews, for all his faults, has a rather encyclopedia knowledge of modern political history. So it's rather puzzling that during MSNBC coverage this afternoon he insisted that Ronald Reagan, like 1952 New Hampshire primary winner Dwight Eisenhower and likely 2016 New Hampshire primary winner Donald Trump, didn't get into politics until middle-age.

While it's true he didn't seek elective office until he was in his 50s, Reagan did, in fact, have a long history of political involvement from his days in Hollywood, particularly his work with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle insisted this afternoon that Marco Rubio suffered "more than a Muskie moment" on Saturday with his repetitious exchange with Gov. Chris Christie because the moment "went viral on YouTube."