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. 

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Test yourself with our new free game: PolitiTruth

Think you can tell the difference between True and False? Do you really know what is fake news? Now you can test yourself, and see how you stack up against everyone else, with our new game PolitiTruth. PolitiTruth is a mobile app available for iPhone and Android that lets you see the statements we at PolitiFact fact-check and let you in on the action.  

Explaining the Virginia election results: The White House curse

Most political observers are explaining the losses as a backlash against President Donald Trump. That makes sense -- but it’s a result hardly unique to Trump.

We've got a treat for you, but it's just for today

Do you like to be frightened? Here’s a scary thought: Some people refer to this as the "Post Truth Era."

The big picture: Niger and what we know about what happened to U.S. troops

Behind the name-calling and tweets, there are still unanswered questions regarding the ambush that sparked the political controversy.  

Congress may ban the bump stock, but what is it?

The legal device can make a semi-automatic rifle fire almost as fast and as easily as a fully automatic weapon.

The more outrageous, the better: How clickbait ads make money for fake news sites

Fake news purveyors have some options for turning clicks into cash.

The difference between automatic and semi-automatic weapons

There is no word yet on whether the Las Vegas mass shooter used an automatic rifle or some other weapon.

What is a 'dotard'?

What is a 'dotard'? President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un traded insults recently, culminating in the use of the insult "dotard."

PolitiFact Live: Parsing the Kimmel-Cassidy health care feud

PolitiFact editors talk about the news of the week. 

How much do we know about climate change and hurricanes?

Bill Maher and conservative political commentator S.E. Cupp clashed over the certainty in the scientific community about the relationship between climate change and hurricanes as Irma wreaked havoc in the Caribbean and later in Florida.