Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
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

Mostly True

O'Reilly's appearances are a ratings factor

Mostly False

Ebola is the bigger humanitarian crisis

Half-True

Most mutations go nowhere

Mostly False

Small changes in just a few states

True

First he said on top of natural growth, then he denied it

False

Social science without the science

Recent stories from Aaron Sharockman

Pew study finds Rush Limbaugh least trustworthy news source

Pew surveyed people's views about 36 news outlets. Rush Limbaugh ranked as the least trustworthy. • Revisiting Reza Aslan's response to Bill Maher about female genital mutilation • A few words to those who think George Will was right about Ebola going airborne through a sneeze • Top 5 falsehoods about Ebola

Revisiting Reza Aslan's response to Bill Maher about female genital mutilation

Readers had questions about a recent item, so we followed up on Reza Aslan's claim that female genital mutilation is a "central African problem." Here's where it also occurs, though to what extent is not clear.

A few words to those who think George Will was right about Ebola going airborne through a sneeze

Some folks say we got it wrong on our recent fact-check of George Will. See our response. Also on PunditFact: • Revisiting Reza Aslan's response to Bill Maher about female gender mutilation • Top 5 falsehoods about Ebola • Fact-checking Fox, MSNBC and CNN: PunditFact's network scorecards  

PunditFact fact-checks the Oct. 19 news shows

One pundit criticized the media for Ebola fear-mongering, another claimed the virus could spread through the air.   • PolitiFact Wisconsin: Fact-checking Friday's governor's debate •  Reviewing the numbers on Ebola vaccine research and NIH funding cuts • Top 5 falsehoods about Ebola

Fact-checking the Oct. 19 news shows

One pundit criticized the media for Ebola fear-mongering, another claimed the virus could spread through the air.   • A few words to those who think George Will was right about Ebola going airborne through a sneeze • Top 5 falsehoods about Ebola • Fact-checking Fox, MSNBC and CNN: PunditFact's network scorecards

5 falsehoods about Ebola

There's a lot of fear-mongering out there about Ebola. Here are 5 fact-checks to correct the misinformation. • PolitiFact Florida: Did the rules of the debate say there would be no fan? • PolitiFact Wisconsin: In Context: Gwen Moore on Ebola and a travel ban • PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking the second governor's debate

Top 5 falsehoods about Ebola

Rhetoric is heating up over Ebola. See our top 5 falsehoods. • Fact-checking Fox, MSNBC and CNN: PunditFact's network scorecards • Fact-checking the Oct. 12 news shows

PunditFact fact-checks the Oct. 12 news shows

The Sunday shows stoked fears that Ebola could spread further in the United States. • Candidates for governor debate in Florida, Wisconsin

Fact-checking the Oct. 12 news shows

The Sunday shows stoked fears that Ebola could spread further in the United States. • Fact-checking the fallout from Bill Maher's Muslim monologue • Fact-checking Fox, MSNBC and CNN: PunditFact's network scorecards  

PunditFact: Fact-checking the fallout from Bill Maher's Muslim monologue

The comments about Islam from comedian, social critic, atheist and cable talk show host Bill Maher continue to stir reactions across the TV dial and across the political spectrum.   • PolitiFact Florida previews the governor's debate between Charlie Crist and Rick Scott. • PolitiFact Wisconsin fact-checks TV ads about Gov. Scott Walker's position on abortion. • Sign up for the PolitiFact email newsletter.