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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Does America face a refugee or an immigration problem?

The outcry over separating families at the border cast the country's border dilemma in a new light. Have humanitarian concerns redefined the problem? We look at the numbers behind the debate.

The facts behind a Texas Democrat's viral campaign ad

Mary Jennings Hegar, a veteran, mom and Democratic candidate for the Congress in a deep red Texas district, made a splash when her campaign ad went viral. We took a closer look.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's rally in North Dakota

President Donald Trump headed back to the campaign trail on June 27, to promote the candidacy of Rep. Kevin Cramer, the Republican challenger to North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. In his rally in Fargo, N.D., Trump made a number of statements that were inaccurate or misleading. 

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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