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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In a telephone interview taped earlier today that aired on Wednesday's Hardball, MSNBC host Chris Matthews shared with Democratic primary presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton that he worries that college-aged coeds who should be Hillary voters just, well, they just don't "get it."
 


"Politics makes strange bedfellows" goes the old saying. In that case, Chris Matthews and Ann Coulter snuggled up under the sheets on tonight's Hardball. After a six-minute roll in the hay – Chris, you stallion! – Matthews thanked Coulter for being on her "best behavior" and gushed that she should come back on air sometime soon.


Brought on the January 27 edition of MTP Daily to discuss his critical questions posed to Donald Trump via Twitter, Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse rebuked the media for not vetting Donald Trump to expose his anti-conservative, anti-constitutionalist positions on the issues.


Worrying that "young women [don't] appreciate that [Planned Parenthood] exist[s]," MSNBC host Chris Matthews treated Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards to a softball interview in which she celebrated "justice" being served with the indictment of two pro-life activists who exposed Planned Parenthood's fetal-tissue sales.


With today being the 43rd anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, #Roe43 is a trending topic on Twitter. When I clicked the hashtag to see the trending-topic page, I noticed that the "top news" item for the category was a study finding 95 percent of women do NOT regret having their abortion. But clicking the link takes you to a Reuters story that is six months old. 


A gleeful Chris Matthews opened up his Thursday edition of MSNBC's Hardball exulting that "one-time Canadian" Ted Cruz was "tobogganing to a halt in Iowa" while Donald Trump surges forward in the polls. Matthews, who seethed with rage every time a Republican so much as joked about birtherism against President Obama, has no qualms in relishing the overhyped controversy as regards the Texas senator's eligibility for office.


Once again, President Obama appears to have overreached his executive authority with an administrative move that circumvents the plain intent of the law, all in order to curry diplomatic favor with the Islamic Republic of Iran. But rather than cover the development in a neutral fashion, the Washington-based The Hill newspaper set out to tar Republicans as seething hotheads who can barely contain their rage.


"By the way, I do believe in [slavery] reparations if you could figure out what it would be," Hardball host Chris Matthews admitted to his panel during the "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" segment on the January 20 program.


Perhaps hesitant to let a local government mismanagement crisis in Michigan go to waste, the Huffington Post's Howard Fineman sought to tie the Flint water crisis as an albatross around the necks of both Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and GOP primary frontrunner Donald Trump. Fineman made his remarks during a brief appearance on the January 20 edition of MSNBC's Hardball.


On Tuesday, a federal judge who was appointed by President Obama himself ordered the Obama/Lynch Justice Department to turn over documents related to the "Fast and Furious" gunwalking scandal which the administration was claiming were exempt from congressional review because of executive privilege.

None of the Big Three broadcast network evening newscasts so much as mentioned the development.


In the "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" segment of Tuesday's edition of Hardball, Mother Jones magazine's David Corn informed MSNBC host Chris Matthews that the Democratic National Committee was wracked with a "tremendous amount of regret in the high ranks of the" party organization that they had limited the primary debates so much.
 


Donald Trump, for all his bluster and controversy, could actually win over the suburban vote in blue Northeastern states, Hardball host Chris Matthews argued on tonight's program. It's just too bad for him, he added, that throwing his arms around the Sarah Palin endorsement could kill those chances since "thoughtful" "pro-choice" women in those New England suburbs would see Palin's embrace as a deal killer.
 


As the media are beating their breasts about Ted Cruz's hit on Donald Trump for exhibiting "New York values" and hence proving he's an ill fit for Iowa Republicans, I noticed something the other night on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell which seems to illustrate the New York-based liberal media's mockery and disdain for conservative rural America.


Yeah, the headline is a bit of a tongue-twister, but I couldn't resist. Here's a great question from Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo about what self-avowed socialist Bernie Sanders' surging campaign in the Democratic primary says about the state of the Democratic Party.


After testing out his latest loony Cruz-birtherism talking point on Wednesday night's Hardball, Chris Matthews appeared as a guest on the January 14 edition of MSNBC Live with Kate Snow to repeat it for a different audience. You could paraphrase it as, "Hey conservatives, it's either the Constitution or Ted Cruz, you can't have both!"


Chris Matthews was, if possible, smugger than usual last night as he gleefully lambasted "Canadian anchor baby" Sen. Ted Cruz and the "homeschooling" Iowa Republicans who plan on voting for him. Matthews essentially latched on to Cruz birtherism – arguing the Texas Republican, born in Alberta, Canada is not constitutionally eligible for the presidency – to challenge constitutional conservatives to either abandon Cruz or to forsake the notion that the Constitution should be interpreted according to original intent.


MSNBC host Chris Matthews apparently is incensed at Republican outrage over the Islamic Republic of Iran's capture of 10 U.S. Navy sailors. In his mind, they need to chill out. They sounded as though we'd never get our boys (and girl) back, he harumphed.


The arrest-and-release of 10 U.S. Navy sailors by the Islamic Republic of Iran was a diplomatic success story for the Obama administration, according to MSNBC's Ayman Mohyeldin and Kate Snow.


"The lessons that he has had to teach, the elementary lessons of governing that he has struggled to teach this Congress is something that no one else has had to go through," harumphed Lawrence O'Donnell during post-State of the Union coverage on MSNBC.


Moments after playing a fresh soundbite from a political rally in which Donald Trump blasted President Obama over Iran, Chris Matthews characterized the Islamic Republic's capture of 10 U.S. Navy sailors – one of whom is female – as a "party favor" or "door prize" for the Republican presidential candidate.