March 6th, 2013
05:00 AM ET
5 years ago

CNN picks up Cronkite award for Tom Foreman's 'Reality Checks'

(CNN) - CNN's Tom Foreman and his team kept politicians honest last year with "Reality Checks," a new 3-D, visual way of getting to the root of some of the complex, carefully-crafted statements made on the campaign trail.

Because of Foreman's innovative use of graphics and technology to put the news into context, CNN was awarded the Cronkite/Jackson Prize for Fact Checking Political Messages, the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism announced Wednesday.

The award is a new prize in the pool of recognitions given for the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.

The "Cronkite/Jackson Prize" was named after the late Walter Cronkite and Brooks Jackson, the founding director of

From fact-checking what presidential candidates were saying about illegal immigration to following up on their claims about unemployment during the debates, Foreman broke it down in the most eye-catching ways.

"Foreman's in-depth 'Reality Checks' effectively used three-dimensional graphics to clarify the complexity of the underlying issues, set the candidates' exchanges in historical context and underscore corrections," stated a press release, announcing the win.

The awards will be presented next month at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

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  1. Jerry

    REALLY?! Objective/impartial/apolitical? Me think not!!!

    March 6, 2013 06:49 am at 6:49 am |