Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

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.


The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Aaron Sharockman

Mostly True

Exact measurement difficult, but trend true, experts say


Republicans have bounced back in recent polls

Pants on Fire!

An old claim, recycled

Mostly True

An unscientific poll, but nothing out there better

Recent stories from Aaron Sharockman

Fact-checking Fox, MSNBC and CNN: PunditFact's network scorecards

Want to see how a particular cable channel or network is performing on PunditFact’s Truth-O-Meter? Now you can from a computer or on your tablet or phone. Read more.  Also on PunditFact: Network scorecards Q&A, See the Fox News scorecard, See the MSNBC scorecard.

PunditFact fact-checks the Sept. 14 news shows

Pundits discussed President Barack Obama's plan to defeat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, as well as the NFL's handling of the Ray Rice case.

Fact-checking the Sept. 14 news shows

Pundits discussed the NFL's handling of the Ray Rice investigation and the options to defeat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Fact-checking the latest claims about the Islamic State

In light of President Barack Obama's speech about Islamic State on Wednesday night, we review some of our recent fact-checks. 

'The Five' co-hosts duel over the corporate tax rate

On a recent edition of The Five on Fox News, co-hosts Eric Bolling and Bob Beckel clashed on the state of the United States’ corporate taxes. We took a look at both sides of their argument.    

Fact-checking claims about the Islamic State

The violent terrorist group that calls itself the Islamic State is eliciting fear from all corners of the world after its brutal advances through Iraq this summer, including the slaughter of religious minorities and soldiers and the video-recorded beheadings of two American journalists.

PunditFact fact-checks the Aug. 31 news shows

Pundits and policitians offered their opinions on how the United States should handle the Islamic State.

Fact-checking the Aug. 31 news shows

President Barack Obama said last week the United States doesn't yet have a military strategy to deal with the Islamic State. So pundits made some suggestions.

The VA story the networks didn't cover this week

Back in May, anyone who tuned in to almost any news show was guaranteed to hear about administrative delays that caused the deaths of 40 veterans at a VA hospital in Phoenix. A significant development in that story happened this week, but you likely missed it.

Fact-checking claims about race after Ferguson shooting

The shooting of 18-year-old African-American Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer has led to a broader discussion of race in America. PunditFact has recently fact-checked several claims centering on race.