I try to not hear much news at all. It really bothers me and brings me down. At most I glance through the headlines on one news site once or twice a day, but rarely click to read anything further. I have the things that I am always doing on a regular basis to make things better and I have to believe that they will help. I really dislike how the news channels hype everything and run every story to the ground because they have so much time to fill, and everyone wants to be the first to say something that turns out to be correct, even if it was wild speculation when they actually said it.
That being said every once in a while I will glom onto a story and follow it closely, mostly online. I have to admit that sometimes that makes me feel better, like I'm somehow in control of it. But I don't think I could do that with everything, it would just be too much.