Sharockman

Aaron Sharockman is the executive director of PolitiFact, the largest fact-checking organization in the United States. Aaron leads the growth and development of PolitiFact, manages its outreach and news partnerships, and oversees new initiatives and product development. 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 was a 2016-17 Reynolds Fellow at the University of Missouri and taught a class on political fact-checking at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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Recent stories from Aaron Sharockman

No, the New York Times has not admitted to peddling ‘fake news’ about most recent Kavanaugh claim

The conservative publication PJ Media says in a headline spreading virally on Facebook that the New York Times admitted a new allegation against Justice Brett Kavanaugh is "fake news," but that is misleading.

Sen. Ted Cruz targets PolitiFact; here's our response

Sen. Ted Cruz took a minute after the third Democratic debate to criticize PolitiFact on Twitter for our previous fact-checking of Cruz's 2018 attacks on Beto O’Rourke. We thought it important to address his criticism.

Can a nuclear bomb stop a hurricane? No, it’s a myth that has persisted for decades

A myth has persisted for decades that the United States could slow down hurricanes with nuclear bombs. President Donald Trump denied a report, based on anonymous sources, that he wanted to employ that strategy.

Celebrate with us. PolitiFact turns 12!

Twelve years ago, PolitiFact started as a one-of-a-kind idea that no one was sure would work. Full-time fact checkers covering the presidential election through an online, database-driven website. 

Andrew Yang’s universal basic income proposal, explained

Andrew Yang says the next president needs to do almost the opposite of Donald Trump, and "the opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math." Yang, a 44-year-old entrepreneur running for the Democratic nomination, also has a big idea that has become the central element of his campaign: giving every American $1,000 a month.

Did the media ‘change the identity’ of the El Paso shooter?’ Nope

Stories show two photos of same suspect.

Fact-checking misinformation after the El Paso, Dayton shootings

In the hours after the shootings, hoaxes and rumors started spreading on social media platforms.

Fact-checking the Democratic debate in Detroit, night two

The second crew of Democrats included Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, who had sparred in the first debate in Miami over school integration. 

The ‘Storm Area 51’ trend, explained

If you’ve been on social media in the past week, there’s a good chance you’ve come across a meme about Area 51.

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