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.

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Aaron Sharockman

Recent stories from Aaron Sharockman

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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Live fact-checking day 2 of the first 2020 Democratic presidential debate

PolitiFact is live fact-checking the first Democratic presidential debate. 

Live fact-checking the first 2020 Democratic presidential debate

PolitiFact is live fact-checking the first Democratic presidential debate. 

Nancy Pelosi cites principle of not talking about Donald Trump when overseas. We looked into it

In Normandy, France, the House Speaker demurred when asked about Trump and tariffs. She deosn't talk about him when she's overseas. But she isn't shy about laying out her policy disagreements with him.