In the interview, shown over a number of days on the CBS Evening News in September of 2008, Couric routinely sought trip up Palin. As NewsBusters' Brent Baker reported, on the September 29 broadcast , Couric pounded Palin on Pakistan, despite lobbing softballs to Joe Biden on the economy.
MediaBistro.com's TVNewser  obtained note to staff from CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus, who proclaimed that the award was "a testament to Katie's excellence" and added that "the interviews have gone on to become an iconic moment in television journalism." He also noted that the interviews "had a profound impact on the presidential campaign." So much for journalists being neutral observers.
In March of 2009 , Couric won the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism from the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication for the Palin interviews.
-Kyle Drennen is a news analyst at the Media Research Center.