By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – Northeastern University journalism professor Dan Kennedy joined WBZ-TV political analyst Jon Keller this week to discuss the media coverage of politics.

Kennedy wrote the book “Return of the Moguls: How Jeff Bezos and John Henry Are Remaking Newspapers for the Twenty-First Century.” He is also a regular guest on the WGBH show “Beat the Press.”

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The Northeastern professor said the 24/7 news cycle on network television has been detrimental in recent years.

“I think the three cable networks – CNN, MSNBC and Fox News – have really degraded the discourse in this country by going on and on for hour after hour with spin,” Kennedy said. “Really, the facts of any particular situation don’t matter a whole lot.”

Though Kennedy agreed there is an appetite for news as entertainment, he said that does not justify the coverage.

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“At some point you have to say ‘Do we have values? Are we a news organization, or will we do anything to get ratings?’” Kennedy said.

Jon Keller