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Thomas E. Patterson
Thomas E. Patterson

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Thomas E. Patterson is the Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. For many years he taught at Syracuse University. He is the author of several other books on politics and the media, including Out of Order, which won the American Political Science Association’s 2002 Doris Graber Award for the best book in the field of political communication, and The Unseeing Eye, which was named one of the fifty most influential books of the past half century in the field of public opinion by the American Association for Public Opinion Research. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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Informing the News
The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism
Written by Thomas E. Patterson


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $15.00

As the journalist Walter Lippmann noted nearly a century ago, democracy falters “if there is no steady supply of trustworthy and relevant news.” Today’s journalists are not providing it. Too often, reporters give equal weight to facts and biased opinion, stir up small controversies, and substitute infotainment for real news. Even... Read more >
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Informing the News

Written by Thomas E. Patterson


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $11.99

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Out of Order
An incisive and boldly original critique of the news media's domination of America's political process
Written by Thomas E. Patterson


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 2, 1994
Price: $17.95

In this pointed examination of how Americans elect their presidents, Patterson—professor of political science at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University—faults a system that relies upon the news media as chief intermediary between voter and candidate. Because the values of journalism are at odds with the values of politics, Patterson argues... Read more >
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Out of Order
An incisive and boldly original critique of the news media's domination of Ameri
Written by Thomas E. Patterson


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 2011
Price: $12.99

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The Vanishing Voter
Public Involvement in an Age of Uncertainty
Written by Thomas E. Patterson


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $14.95

The disputed presidential election of 2000 highlighted a range of flaws in the American voting system, from ballot procedures to alleged voter intimidation to questions about the fairness of the Electoral College. But as Harvard University political scientist Thomas E. Patterson shows, one problem dwarfs all of these, a predicament that... Read more >
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The Vanishing Voter
Public Involvement in an Age of Uncertainty
Written by Thomas E. Patterson


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 9, 2009
Price: $13.99

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