TUNE OUT, TURN OFF, ZONE OUT?

Did you hear the one about the Illinois bank robber who wore a Bob Dole mask? As the Tonight Show's Jay Leno put it, "The guy was smart. He could have picked any mask he wanted...but he wanted to be sure he didn't draw a crowd." It's a good joke, but is it news? Americans under 30 think so. Regular network-news viewership among 18-to-29-year-olds has plunged--from 36% to 22% during the past year alone. And 40% of these young adults said they brushed up on politics via late-night TV.

Faced with personalities they don't trust who interview people they don't recognize...

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