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.
The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Aaron Sharockman
Says Nelson Mandela "was a communist."
Recent stories from Aaron SharockmanSpin in the no-spin zone? PunditFact fact-checks O'Reilly
Fox News' Bill O'Reilly caught the attention of fact-checkers recently with claims about marijuana and communism.PunditFact fact-checks Bill O'Reilly on Nelson Mandela
On The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly said that Nelson Mandela "was a great man. But he was a communist." Was O'Reilly right?What do baby names say about a shift in American politics?
Univision anchor Jorge Ramos said that Jose, Camilo and Maria are now more popular names in the United States than John or Steven. PunditFact decided to investigate further.Fact-checking the Dec. 8 Sunday shows
Fox analyst Brit Hume said Sunday that President Barack Obama’s decision to start talking about raising the minimum wage and income inequality was a political calculation to shift the discussion away from the health care law. If so, it worked.Fact-checking the Dec. 8 news shows
Fox analyst Brit Hume said Sunday that President Barack Obama’s decision to start talking about raising the minimum wage and income inequality was a political calculation to shift the discussion away from the health care law. If so, it worked.Obamacare half-truths in the Sunday talk shows
We sorted out the spin on Obamacare from pundits on the left and right in the Dec. 1, 2013, Sunday shows.Fact-checking Sarah Palin and Nov. 24 Sunday shows
The news of the day was Iran, but that didn't stop the former Alaska governor from talking about the health care law.Fact-checking the Sunday Nov. 24 shows
The news of the day was Iran, but that didn't stop former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin from talking about the health care law.Flip-flopping on the filibuster
Senate Democrats went forward with a "nuclear option" to defuse Republican opposition to President Barack Obama’s nominees. We found a lot of switching sides from where the debate was back in 2005, when the shoe was on the other foot.Confused about the health care law? We can see why
The talking heads are making it awfully difficult to understand what's happening with the health care law. A big problem is that hard data is still hard to come by, so we're left with best-guess estimates, anecdotes and lots of spin.
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