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Thomas Patterson is professor of political science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. He has written extensively on the media's role in elections. His previous books include The Unseeing Eye: The Myth of Television Power in National Elections; The Mass Media Election: How Americans Choose Their Presidents; and The American Democracy. In 1991-92 he was Lombard Visiting Professor of Press and Politics at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has received grants for his work from the National Science Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.