Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
Sharockman

Aaron Sharockman

PunditFact Editor

Aaron Sharockman is editor of PunditFact, a website dedicated to checking claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers and the hosts and guests of talk shows. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Government & Politics editor for the Tampa Bay Times and an editor and writer for PolitiFact. He has been a government and politics writer with the Times since 2003. Sharockman is a graduate of Indiana University.

Email: asharockman@tampabay.com

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Aaron Sharockman

Half Flip

A partial change of position

Charlie Crist
Charlie Crist

On the economic stimulus.

— PolitiFact Florida

Half-True

Scott didn't face prison, but that's what the Fifth is for

True

More places, fewer bombs

Recent stories from Aaron Sharockman

Fact-checking the war comparisons between Obama and Bush

The irony of President Barack Obama, Nobel Prize winner and putative anti-war candidate, launching extensive airstrikes in Syria, has led to comparisons with President George W. Bush. Also on PunditFact • See PunditFact's TV network scorecards. • A history of the presidential salute.

Has Florida's Charlie Crist flip-flopped on his party, health care, abortion and the stimulus?

In a close governor's race, the Republican Party unloads on Charlie Crist's changing his party and changing his positions. We sort out the flips on our Flip-O-Meter.   • PolitiFact Texas reports on the governor's debate between Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis. • PolitiFact Rhode Island profiles the Providence mayor's race and Buddy Cianci. • PunditFact looks at Emma Watson's speech to the United Nations.  

Has Charlie Crist flip-flopped on his party, health care, abortion and the stimulus?

A new ad attacks Democrat Charlie Crist for being a flip-flopper. We sort through the issues and rate each one on our Flip-O-Meter.

Emma Watson severely undercounts number of child marriages in UN speech

The correct figure would have only amplified her point.   Also on PunditFact • See PunditFact's TV network scorecards. • See our most-recent Pants on Fire claims. • A history of the presidential salute.  

PunditFact fact-checks the Sept. 28 news shows

The debate about the air strikes in Syria continued as pundits compared President Barack Obama to President George W. Bush and wondered why Congress is currently in recess.   • 10 fact-checks about climate change • PunditFact: TV networks call on the warheads

Fact-checking the Sept. 28 news shows, talk about Syria

Debate about the air strikes in Syria continued.

When the U.S. goes to war, TV networks call on the warheads

A group of military analysts decipher U.S. military analysts for TV viewers, but who exactly are they? PunditFact wanted to find out. Read more fact-checks about terrorism, Iraq, and the military.

The Iowa U.S. Senate race: the fact-checks so far

The U.S. Senate race in Iowa is becoming one of the nation's most pivotal races for determining the chamber's balance of power in 2015. Here's a look at some of the claims at issue in the race.   • The Colorado U.S. Senate race: the fact-checks so far • The Alaska U.S. Senate race: the fact-checks so far • The Arkansas U.S. Senate race: the fact-checks so far

'The Donald' is right about spanking statistic

Donald Trump doesn't have a particularly good track record on PunditFact's Truth-O-Meter, but he got a claim about spanking statistics largely correct this week. Also on PunditFact: Network scorecards Q&A, See the Fox News scorecard, See the MSNBC scorecard.

Fact-checking claims about domestic violence, Ray Rice

The release of a video showing NFL running back Ray Rice striking his now-wife in an Atlantic City, N.J., casino elevator revived conversations about domestic violence on politics and sports shows alike. Also on PunditFact: View our TV network scorecards; See our most-recent Pants on Fire claims; Learn about our new website.