My main issue with the news: ever seen a story about something you have personal knowledge of? Whenever I do, I notice numerous basic factual errors, and often the whole thing is ridiculously slanted one way or the other - and this includes 'quality' papers. I can only assume this applies to virtually every news story.
Read Flat Earth News - the system of reporting/journalism is broken.
So people saying 'I don't watch the news. Its depressing'. Yes… but maybe not quite as depressing as seeing the industrial slaughter of your friends. Do you think people have made that supreme sacrifice for your right not to have to see anything that might upset you? or heaven forbid, bore you? Maybe spend a fraction of your day looking at somewhere like Syria. Where thousands are being killed to demand the right for a free society like the one that's too much trouble for you to pay any attention too
I'm not sure how you think watching the news helps the people in Syria.