Ken Shepherd

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Food Columnist Bittman Finds Enthusiastic Reception for Taxing Junk Food on MSNBC's 'Dylan Ratigan'

New York Times food writer and junk food sin-tax advocate Mark Bittman took to the August 2 edition of MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan show as part of his promotional tour for Bad Food? Tax It. He found a ...

Now They Tell Us: 'Lowering Nation's Credit Rating May Have Little Effect', Appelbaum Notes Sunday on Page A14

Better late than never, perhaps, but in Sunday's paper the Times noted that Lowering Nation's Credit Rating May Have Little Effect, Economists Suggest. The article, by Binyamin Appelbaum article, ...

Zeleny Pronounces 'Both Sides' Are 'Bruised' in Debt Ceiling Deal But Portrays Only Conservatives As 'Intractable' in Preceding Debate

In a front-page news analysis piece this morning, Times national political correspondent Jeff Zeleny pronounced that After [a] Protracted Fight, Both Sides Emerge Bruised. Yet Zeleny's analysis ...

Times Staffer Vlasic Hails 'Solidarity' of Obama and Automakers on New Fuel Standards

In his July 28 front page article, Times staffer Bill Vlasic hailed the "solidarity" of automakers with the Obama administration in developing stringent new fuel economy standards. He downplayed ...

Chris Matthews Sees Japan Earthquake an 'Opportunity' for Obama to Remind People He Was Born in Hawaii

Hundreds if not thousands of people are dead due to a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. But at least it gave Barack Obama an avenue to remind everyone he was born in Hawaii. That's the ...

AP Laments 'Productive' Congress 'Gets No Respect From Voters'

To Associated Press writer Jim Abrams, this session of Congress has been "most productive in nearly half a century," but voters are failing to give due credit to the Democratic majorities. Abrams ...

MSNBC's Brewer: Maybe New 'JC' Show Will Be 'Like a Sunday School Lesson'

MSNBC's Contessa Brewer, who describes herself as a preacher's daughter, suggested that the "JC" cartoon planned for Comedy Central might be "more like a Sunday School lesson" than blasphemy.

Washington Post Cherry-picks Poll to Portray Tea Parties as on Defensive About Racism Charges

"Tea party groups battling allegations of racism," reads a May 5 page A3 Washington Post print headline. The online version header softened the word choice a tiny bit, substituting the word ...

Chris Matthews Compares Conservatives to Murderous Khmer Rouge

Appearing on the January 29 Rachel Maddow show, fellow MSNBCer Chris Matthews compared Republican conservatives to the Khmer Rouge, the murderous Communist regime that racked up a body count of ...

Joy Behar: Tim Tebow Just As Easily Could Have Been 'Rapist Pedophile'

Discounting the pro-life argument of a planned Focus on the Family Super Bowl ad featuring Tim Tebow's mother, Joy Behar told the audience of the January 26 "View" that the Florida Gators ...

Networks Briefly Note Dem Mayor's Conviction, Yet Ignored Her Trial

Imagine if you will that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin was accused of taking gift cards donated to her office for redistribution to needy constituents and using them instead for a personal ...

Chris Matthews: Catholic Bishops 'Should Stay Off Capitol Hill'

"The clergy should stay off Capitol Hill," MSNBC's Chris Matthews flatly declared on Tuesday's Hardball. Matthews fumed with disgust as Politico's Jonathan Allen told him that Catholic bishops ...

MSNBC's Dr. Nancy "Infuriated" By Democrat's Pro-Life Amendment

MSNBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman went on a tear shortly after 12:30pm ET on her November 9 "Dr. Nancy" program, denouncing the "infuriating" anti-abortion Stupak Amendment to the Democratic health care ...

Chris Matthews: Joe Wilson 'Wrong' But Would Be 'Absurd' for Alan Grayson to Apologize

It would be "absurd" for Florida Rep. Alan Grayson (D) to apologize for insisting recently that Republicans stand behind a health care "holocaust," MSNBC's Chris Matthews argued on Thursday's ...

Goodnough Fails to Consider Cynical Political Motive by Kennedy

Times writer Abby Goodnough takes Sen. Kennedy at face value for his reasons to change Massachusetts law governing Senate vacancies, a law he helped put in place in 2004 for partisan purposes

A 'Sweeping Anti-Abortion Law' That Doesn't Ban Abortions?

James C. McKinley Jr. reports on an Oklahoma judge striking down a "sweeping anti-abortion law" that didn't actually ban any abortions

Tabuchi Scolds Toyota As It 'Holds Back' on Electric Cars

Hiroko Tabuchi devotes a Business Day article to scold Toyota for not becoming green enough fast enough.

Times Sees Just One Side to Women-in-Combat Debate

Two days in a row Times coverage gave short shrift to critics who disagree with placing women in dangerous ground combat assignments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Times Marks V-J Day By Dwelling Darkly on Veteran's PTSD

World War II Navy veteran Albert Perdeck asked the New York Times to remember V-J Day this year. The paper obliged by writing a story dwelling heavily on Perdeck's struggles with post traumatic ...

CBSNews.com's Birthday Gift to Fidel: A Story Devoid of Castro Critics

"As Castro Turns 83, Cuba Caught Between Past, Future," announces an August 13 headline for the CBSNews.com World Watch blog. The 10-paragraph entry by Havana-based news producer Portia Siegelbaum ...