Friday, February 27th, 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

When it comes to praise, once is not often

Mostly True

Have you heard of Seychelles?

Mostly False

A picture in need of 1,000 words

Mostly True

Yes, but not all come from ISIS HQ

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Hillary Mann Leverett

ISIS sends out "90,000 social (media) messages a day."

— PunditFact

Mostly False

Islamic State doesn't control Libya's second-largest city

Mostly False

An old claim a reader asked us to look into

Mostly True

But you might not be lovin' it

Pants on Fire!

A reckless distortion

Recent stories from Aaron Sharockman

The fact-checks behind 'The Daily Show's' 50 Fox news 'lies'

The Daily Show posted a Vine Wednesday titled, "50 Fox News lies in 6 seconds." PunditFact and PolitiFact have fact-checked almost all of the statements they cited. See them all here.

50 Fox News 'lies' in 6 seconds, from 'The Daily Show'

"The Daily Show" presented 50 Fox falsehoods in a six-second Vine. We've fact-checked almost every claim. See them all.

Does new research say Ebola is airborne?

Critics put a months-old fact-check about Ebola back under the microscope last week after they said an article in a scholarly medical journal supported a claim made by George Will that Ebola had gone airborne. The lead author of the article tells us that's not true.

Does new research say Ebola is airborne?

Critics put a months-old fact-check about Ebola back under the microscope last week after they said an article in a scholarly medical journal supported a claim made by George Will that Ebola had gone airborne. The lead author of the article tells us that's not true.

Fact-checking John Legend's 2015 Oscar speech

Musicians John Legend and Common left the audience at the 2015 Academy Awards with a powerful message about setbacks for black Americans in voting rights, police relations and imprisonment. We look into Legend's claims. Why Obama won't label ISIS 'Islamic' extremists

What John Legend said about slavery at the Oscars

While accepting an Oscar for a song from the movie "Selma" Sunday night, John Legend claimed that "there are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850." PolitiFact Rhode Island fact-checked a nearly identical claim in December. It rates True. Why Obama won't label ISIS 'Islamic' extremists

PunditFact: Why Obama won't label ISIS 'Islamic extremists'

President Barack Obama describes ISIS, or the Islamic State, as violent extremists and not Islamic. What's the difference, and why are so many people arguing about the terror group's label? PunditFact examines the issue.

Why Obama won't label ISIS 'Islamic' extremists

President Barack Obama describes ISIS, or the Islamic State, as violent extremists and not Islamic. What's the difference, and why are so many people arguing about the terror group's label?

Mailbag: 'You gotta play fair'

Another installment of reader feedback about our fact-checks.

Winter chill? Gather around our most recent Pants on Fire claims

We know an arctic blast has been hitting the country from North Dakota to New Jersey, but we’ve been keeping the heat on at PunditFact. The pundits have been busy recently, and we thought their forays into Pants on Fire territory might take your mind off the weather.