I recently made the decision that I would stop watching news coverage on TV and stop reading the newspaper (except the comics, of course). As a result, I've rarely felt better.
Don't get me wrong - I know that a republic functions best with informed citizens. But at this point in my life, I'm tired of being so informed. I've met a lot of people that don't know where Macedonia is, who don't know who the Secretary General of the United Nations is, and who don't know the current price of a barrel of west Texas crude oil, and they all seem surprisingly cheerful and happy. I'm learning from them.
I've learned that news coverage is, for the most part, like freebasing the negativity that exists in our world. If you're looking for negativity, TV news coverage is the fastest, most effective, and most efficient delivery system for that negativity. And since there isn't a patch or gum I can use to eliminate the human addiction to negativity, one needs to cut it off at the source.
I used to be a news junkie. I knew what was happening ALL the time, who the senior Senator from Delaware was (by the way, people are not NEARLY as impressed with this information at parties as I once thought) and all the other things going on. I used to have the TV on CNN, and then Fox News Channel all the time.
I'm tired of it. First of all, most news coverage on TV or in newspapers are written from a slant opposite of my own, and I'm tired of being one of those Conservatives that spend their time yelling at the anchorman. Secondly, as previously noted, I'm the father of three daughters, and every time I hear of some pervert that did something to a kid, it just kills me. And finally, I'm tired of commentary on business and economic matters by those that wouldn't understand a supply/demand curve if you put it in front of them.
So, I no longer watch the news. I watch the Weather Channel for the forecast. You ought to try it. You too may find that no news is good news.