Thanks for your follow up thoughts. These are my ideas:
The news retreat I have been doing for the past month turned out to be a worthwhile exercise, as it has changed my perspective a little. As always, negative influences need to be in balance with our tolerance thresholds at the time.
Silence, If we are cool with it, and as a positive choice,not just a negative reaction to the constant drip drip of bad news, is great as a background. I dont want another identity pose though; if I want the news on tomorrow, then that's fine; no problem.
We need some negatives and annoyances for the development of a Zen like calm, but Peter Russell says it all, and much more besides, in his awesome book Letting go of Nothing.