File this under I'll-believe-it-when-I-see-it. CNN is giving up on competing with Fox in their antagonistic "debate" approach. According to USAToday (via the Huffington Post):
CNN announced a slate of programming and anchor changes Monday intended to refocus the No. 2 cable news network on hard news and analysis, and away from opinion and talk.Integrity? Courage? Desperation? Big Fat Lie? CNN will deserve credit if they really go through with news and analysis and leave the Crossfire approach behind. One test I will be looking for: doesn't this mean there should be fewer partisan, talking-point, sham interviews?
Among the changes: Your World Today, CNN International's one-hour midday broadcast anchored by Zain Verjee and Jim Clancy, will now air on CNN domestic weekdays at noon ET/9 a.m. PT, marking the first time any cable news outlet has devoted a regular daytime block — albeit a low-rated one — solely to international news. Today kicked off Monday with reports from Sudan and Syria.
Also, I guess it would be too much to ask that the news and analysis they provide is about something other than just missing-white-girl/celebrity-trial kind of news.