Where does the news transect your life as an author? Does it provide you with information and inspiration, or with distraction and entertainment? How much of your twenty-four-hour day do you spend keeping up with the news? Is that helpful or harmful?
The bigger question is does keeping abreast with the news help your write your book more easily? Or does it take you away from your real service of telling your story, leaving you with too few hours to write your manuscript in a timely way?