Sharockman

Aaron Sharockman is the executive director of PolitiFact. Aaron oversees PolitiFact’s operations, development and revenue, assists in our journalistic mission, manages our state partnerships and lead efforts to develop new products for PolitiFact users. He also helps coordinate some of our special products, including our debate coverage and presidential promise tracker. Aaron has been with PolitiFact since 2010 and served most recently as the editor of PunditFact, a website dedicated to checking claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers and the hosts and guests of talk shows. Aaron is a 2016-17 Reynolds Fellow at the University of Missouri and co-teaches a class on political fact-checking at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Aaron graduated from Indiana University. 

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Aaron Sharockman

Pants on Fire!

A different site by a prolific fake news operator

Pants on Fire!

An annual conjunction of the Internet and fake details.

Pants on Fire!

There isn't even a senator by that name

Pants on Fire!

Original post was on a parody site in 2015

Pants on Fire!

From an entertainment and humor site

Recent stories from Aaron Sharockman

Malaria and mosquitoes: A tough tag team to beat

Malaria is one tough disease to beat. It infects about 200 million people and despite enormous efforts and impressive gains, it still kills about 400,000 people each year.

Real or fake? Take our fake news quiz to find out

We provide 10 questions that can help you identify whether a news story is trustworthy or not.

PolitiFact Live for June 15: Fact-checking Trump's Cabinet boast

PolitiFact editors discuss the biggest falsehoods in the week's news.

The power of fact-checking in today's world

In a world with lots of misinformation, readers, viewers, and voters are looking for places that can quickly sort facts from falsehoods.

PolitiFact Live for June 1

PolitiFact editors discuss the week in fact-checking political news.

If you're fooled by fake news, this man probably wrote it

Christopher Blair is a 45-year-old volunteer Little League umpire who lives in Maine, and he is behind one of the most prolific fake news websites on the Internet.

What is 'covfefe'?

So there is this dumb thing the Internet did today. But if you’re like us, you probably saw it at some point and wondered what was up. PolitiFact is here for you.

PolitiFact Live for May 25: Orb edition

Our weekly look at fact-checks of Donald Trump and fake news.

PolitiFact Live! for May 18

PolitiFact staffers discuss the truth behind the week in news. The show airs live at 11:30 a.m. ET Thursday on Facebook.

Obstruction of justice, presidential immunity, impeachment: What you need to know

We wanted to examine three key questions surrounding Trump’s legal situation. First, does the information revealed so far offer a plausible case that Trump committed obstruction of justice? Second, can a sitting president even be criminally prosecuted? And third, what does all this mean for possible impeachment proceedings?