Wednesday, July 1st, 2015
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-True

The games are back

Pants on Fire!

McInnes said to look it up, so we did

Gavin  McInnes
Gavin McInnes

"The Civil War wasn't about slavery."

— PunditFact

Mostly True

Desegregation efforts have regressed

Half-True

That's a stretch, based on the numbers

Recent stories from Aaron Sharockman

Fuzzy math: Fox News tweet says U.S. spends penny a day fighting ISIS

The tweet quoted Eric Bolling, but Bolling's own network butchered his point. Read how.

Trump: Voter polls show U.S. support for abortion "down a little bit"

Donald Trump--speaking before the U.S. Supreme Court acted on a Texas challenge to abortion clinic restrictions put in motion by lawmakers in 2013--said polls show U.S. support for a woman's right to choose an abortion "is going down a little bit."   PolitiFact in Washington, D.C. found otherwise.   See our separate look into the number of Texas abortion clinics here.

Fact-checking the June 28 news shows

Donald Trump made his debut as a presidential candidate on the Sunday shows. We checked a claim he made about abortion.

PunditFact fact-checks the June 28 news shows

Donald Trump made his debut as a presidential candidate on the Sunday shows. We checked a claim he made about abortion.

A stat about sex that might shock you

Comedian Aziz Ansari isn't joking when he drops this stat about sex in Japan.

Deflategate and the limits of science

When the New England Patriots were caught playing with underinflated footballs, everyone ran to the physicists for answers. Turns out, when we messy humans are involved, science only gets you so far. Tom Brady's appeal is scheduled for Tuesday.

PunditFact fact-checks claims about the South Carolina Confederate battle flag controversy

Pundits and politicians debated Sunday whether it's time to remove a Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina statehouse.

Fact-checking claims about the South Carolina Confederate battle flag

The Confederate battle flag still flies on the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse. 

PunditFact previews the June 21 news shows

Presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Rick Perry discussed the situation in Charleston, S.C.

PolitiFact Sheet: King vs. Burwell

The Supreme Court could gut President Barack Obama’s signature health care law over four simple words, "established by the state." What does it mean? Our PolitiFact Sheet on King vs. Burwell explains.    • Fact-checking Donald Trump