Friday, October 31st, 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

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Boo! Debunking 10 scary claims for Halloween

We look at 10 recent political claims that sound pretty scary -- until you check the facts.    • In context: Hillary Clinton and corporations creating jobs • Catch up with the Q and A session we hosted on Facebook • The biggest whoppers of the 2014 campaign

In Context: Hillary Clinton and Don’t let anybody tell you that corporations create jobs

Republicans seize on Clinton’s remarks on trickle-down economics; we look at the comment in its full context.    • Catch up with the Q and A session we hosted on Facebook.  • The biggest whoppers of the 2014 campaign • PunditFact: Fact-checks about Ebola

Fact-checks about Ebola funding, Army Ebola training

Claims about the Ebola outbreak keep coming, and so do our fact-checks.

Fact-checking the Oct. 26 news shows

The Sunday shows continued to discuss Ebola, but they also looked ahead to 2016. • A few words to those who think George Will was right about Ebola going airborne through a sneeze • Top 5 falsehoods about Ebola

PunditFact previews the Oct. 26 Sunday shows

PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Pew study finds Rush Limbaugh least trustworthy news source

Pew surveyed people's views about 36 news outlets. Rush Limbaugh ranked as the least trustworthy. • Revisiting Reza Aslan's response to Bill Maher about female genital mutilation • A few words to those who think George Will was right about Ebola going airborne through a sneeze • Top 5 falsehoods about Ebola

Revisiting Reza Aslan's response to Bill Maher about female genital mutilation

Readers had questions about a recent item, so we followed up on Reza Aslan's claim that female genital mutilation is a "central African problem." Here's where it also occurs, though to what extent is not clear.

A few words to those who think George Will was right about Ebola going airborne through a sneeze

Some folks say we got it wrong on our recent fact-check of George Will. See our response. Also on PunditFact: • Revisiting Reza Aslan's response to Bill Maher about female gender mutilation • Top 5 falsehoods about Ebola • Fact-checking Fox, MSNBC and CNN: PunditFact's network scorecards  

PunditFact fact-checks the Oct. 19 news shows

One pundit criticized the media for Ebola fear-mongering, another claimed the virus could spread through the air.   • PolitiFact Wisconsin: Fact-checking Friday's governor's debate •  Reviewing the numbers on Ebola vaccine research and NIH funding cuts • Top 5 falsehoods about Ebola

Fact-checking the Oct. 19 news shows

One pundit criticized the media for Ebola fear-mongering, another claimed the virus could spread through the air.   • A few words to those who think George Will was right about Ebola going airborne through a sneeze • Top 5 falsehoods about Ebola • Fact-checking Fox, MSNBC and CNN: PunditFact's network scorecards