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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Cell phone showdown. MSNBC takes on Fox News' Sean Hannity over obstruction of justice talk

Critics of Fox News commentator Sean Hannity have seized on statements he made during his nationally broadcast show to claim Hannity is urging targets of the Russia special counsel investigation to destroy their phones and purge their emails to avoid prosecution.

Elon Musk calls for accountability in media, donates to PolitiFact

Entrepreneur Elon Musk (of Tesla, SpaceX, PayPal) had an idea: He’d "create a site where the public can rate the core truth of any article & track the credibility score over time of each journalist, editor & publication." That sounded familiar.

What's true, what's not about Santa Fe, Texas, school shooting

Sorting fact from fiction in the May 18, 2018, Santa Fe High School shooting.

Do facts still matter to you?

The thought of a "post-truth world" has been on a lot of people’s minds lately. Do facts still matter? Is telling the truth still important?

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Guest column: Giffords group was right about Ryan blocking gun bills

"Giffords PAC recently claimed that Paul Ryan has 'blocked all effort to strengthen our nation’s gun laws.' PolitiFact rated the statement Mostly False. I would have rated the statement Mostly True."

Guest column: False attack against Ron DeSantis shows how political attack ads are often crafted

A March 29 fact-check of an accusation about U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., was justifiably rated Pants on Fire by PolitiFact. The claim is ludicrous on its face, and the final determination was easy. However, the episode gives an excellent example of how political attack ads are crafted, and how little substance is often behind them.

Did Donald Trump’s predecessors congratulate Vladimir Putin’s election win?

President Donald Trump has taken heat for congratulating Vladimir Putin following his successful bid in Russia’s presidential election, which critics have derided as a sham contest.