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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Recent stories from Aaron Sharockman

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.

Watch the Aug. 3 PolitiFact Live: It's our 10th birthday!

PolitiFact Live for Aug. 3: We're celebrating a birthday. A big one.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's Long Island speech to law enforcement

President Donald Trump spoke before an audience of law enforcement officials on Long Island, N.Y., about measures his administration is taking to crack down on illegal immigrant gang violence.

If the Senate passes a health care bill, what happens next?

Unless you’re an expert in parliamentary procedure, the process of passing a health care bill in the Senate may seem mystifying. What if the Senate manages to cobble together the 51 votes necessary to pass a bill? Where would it go from there?

Fact-checking the St. Petersburg mayoral debate between Rick Baker, Rick Kriseman

Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker squared off on the city's sewage crisis and more July 25 in a televised debate.

How big is coal mining compared to other occupations?

At an event to tout his "Made in America" agenda, President Donald Trump took a moment to applaud his administration’s success in stopping the coal industry long-term decline.

PolitiFact Sheet: Understanding Ted Cruz’s health care amendment and pre-existing conditions

Senate Republicans added Sen. Ted Cruz's amendment to their health care bill. It would offer insurance companies a way to avoid most Obamacare rules, including the one that guarantees coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. Our fact sheet guides helps you understand what it all means.