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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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.

Fact-checking President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Phoenix

President Donald Trump defended his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., during a campaign rally in Phoenix, on Aug. 22, blaming the media for distorting or omitting his full comments.

Donald Trump's Afghanistan address, fact-checked

President Donald Trump gave his first speech about the war in Afghanistan on Aug. 21, 2017.

In Context: President Donald Trump’s statement on ‘many sides’ in Charlottesville, Va.

President Donald Trump spoke on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, about violent protests between white nationalists and those opposing them in Charlottesville, Va. Subsequently, Trump was criticized for not speaking more forcefully against the white nationalists.

A Trump nuclear strike against North Korea: constitutional or not?

President Donald Trump’s threats against North Korea have raised the specter -- however small -- of nuclear war.  We looked into the legality of a first nuclear strike.