Fact-checked: The reality behind Donald Trump’s fake news awards 

Donald Trump unveiled the winners of his much-touted "Fake News Awards" late on Wednesday, escalating his already persistent attacks on a number of major US media outlets.

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The awards dropped hours after a senator from Mr Trump’s own Republican party hurled a stinging rebuke at the president, accusing the US leader of undermining the free press with Stalinist language.

The brash Republican president announced the ten "honorees" using his preferred medium of Twitter, linking to a list published on the Republican Party’s website that crashed minutes after his big reveal.

The "winners" of the spoof ‘Fake News’ awards included top networks and newspapers CNN, The New York Times and The Washington…

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