After noticing that most of the news broadcast today is pure conjecture punctuated by the occasional fact I have made a personal policy of not watching any broadcast news.
When I think back there is not one story that affected my life or safety nor that I could not have learned from co-workers and friends.
Since I have stopped watching the mass media I notice my life has less stress. I have never been a fan of sticking your head in the sand but it might not be a bad idea when all that is broadcast is negativity and what-if scenarios conjured up by people with a clear bias, goal, and almost no knowledge of the subject.
I still keep up with local news via the internet from time to time but that news is usually 'just the facts.' National news is far too littered with editorial and nine times out of 10 it is completely inaccurate.
For me, it's been nice. The world hasn't been ending in disaster now for at least a month. :D