W. Gardner Selby

Editor, PolitiFact Texas

W. Gardner Selby edits PolitiFact Texas, which launched in 2010. His background includes reporting at the Texas Capitol for the American-Statesman and several other newspapers. He has been a Statesman reporter since 2005. Most mornings, you can find him reading the morning paper at Cisco's on East Sixth.

Latest from W. Gardner Selby

PolitiFact: Islamic State-inspired attacks have often used vehicles
 U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul said that when a man drove a truck into pedestrians and bicyclists in New York, killing eight, the attack fit a perilous international pattern. The Austin Republican, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, made his claim after being asked by Bret Baier of Fox News to share what he knew. McCaul replied:...

Posted: 8 days ago

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul said that when a man drove a truck into pedestrians and bicyclists in New York, killing eight, the attack fit a perilous international pattern. The Austin Republican, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, made his claim after being asked by Bret Baier of Fox News to share what he knew. McCaul replied:...
PolitiFact: Few prosecutions of failed gun applicants
 U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has suggested that President Barack Obama’s administration bears some responsibility for the mass shooter in a Texas town acquiring guns. In a Fox News interview Monday, the Republican senator said that he’d spent the day comforting residents of Sutherland Springs. Cruz said he felt his anger rising...

Posted: 9 days ago

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has suggested that President Barack Obama’s administration bears some responsibility for the mass shooter in a Texas town acquiring guns. In a Fox News interview Monday, the Republican senator said that he’d spent the day comforting residents of Sutherland Springs. Cruz said he felt his anger rising...
Fake news: Church gunman was anti-fascist seeking ‘communist’ uprising
 A fake news story about the killer in a mass shooting at a Texas church said the gunman was an anti-fascist looking to sow chaos in the hope of starting a civil war, the fact-checking PolitiFact team reports. The headline on a Nov. 5, 2017, story on ThirdEstateNewsGroup.com read, “Texas Church shooter was Antifa and wanted to start...

Posted: 13 days ago

A fake news story about the killer in a mass shooting at a Texas church said the gunman was an anti-fascist looking to sow chaos in the hope of starting a civil war, the fact-checking PolitiFact team reports. The headline on a Nov. 5, 2017, story on ThirdEstateNewsGroup.com read, “Texas Church shooter was Antifa and wanted to start...
Texas church shooter was not on Democrats’ payroll. That’s fake news.
 It’s not so—it is fake news—that the Texas man who shot and killed 26 people while injuring 20 others was a Democratic activist motivated by atheism, PolitiFact has ruled. In a fact-check posted Monday, the Washington-based site said that bloggers on Freedumjunkshun.com, a self-avowed fake news website, portrayed...

Posted: 13 days ago

It’s not so—it is fake news—that the Texas man who shot and killed 26 people while injuring 20 others was a Democratic activist motivated by atheism, PolitiFact has ruled. In a fact-check posted Monday, the Washington-based site said that bloggers on Freedumjunkshun.com, a self-avowed fake news website, portrayed...
In ‘15, Greg Abbott ‘embarrassed’ Texans bought fewer guns than others
 Gov. Greg Abbott posted a tweet in 2015 expressing his chagrin at Texans seeking to buy fewer guns than Californians. What Abbott tweeted: “I’m EMBARRASSED: Texas #2 in nation for new gun purchases, behind California.” Embarrassment or not, the governor’s gun-purchase proclamation likely wasn’t accurate, the...

Posted: 13 days ago

Gov. Greg Abbott posted a tweet in 2015 expressing his chagrin at Texans seeking to buy fewer guns than Californians. What Abbott tweeted: “I’m EMBARRASSED: Texas #2 in nation for new gun purchases, behind California.” Embarrassment or not, the governor’s gun-purchase proclamation likely wasn’t accurate, the...
PolitiFact: Opposition aplenty within GOP to Straus
 Before Texas House Speaker Joe Straus disclosed that he wouldn’t seek re-election in 2018, a group declared that activists accounting for more than half the state’s Republican electorate had called for House leaders to skedaddle. The New Leadership PAC introduced itself in an October press release stating: “NLP is the culmination...

Posted: 16 days ago

Before Texas House Speaker Joe Straus disclosed that he wouldn’t seek re-election in 2018, a group declared that activists accounting for more than half the state’s Republican electorate had called for House leaders to skedaddle. The New Leadership PAC introduced itself in an October press release stating: “NLP is the culmination...
PolitiFact: Ted Cruz has flip-flopped on filibuster rule
 U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, famous and infamous for his 2013 filibuster-like talk-a-thon that included his reading a Dr. Seuss story to his daughters watching from home, no longer favors preserving a rule that makes it hard to stop a filibuster. Did the Texas senator flip-flop? We put that question to our PolitiFact Texas Flip-O-Meter. In the 100-person...

Posted: 23 days ago

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, famous and infamous for his 2013 filibuster-like talk-a-thon that included his reading a Dr. Seuss story to his daughters watching from home, no longer favors preserving a rule that makes it hard to stop a filibuster. Did the Texas senator flip-flop? We put that question to our PolitiFact Texas Flip-O-Meter. In the 100-person...
PolitiFact: Group wrongly understates county bond impact
 Proponents of Travis County transportation and parks bond proposals on the November ballot made an enticing pitch to older homeowners in a mailer, telling them that their taxes are frozen and they won’t pay more if the bonds pass. Travis Forward, a pro-bonds PAC, said in the mailer: “The Travis County propositions will not raise...

Posted: 25 days ago

Proponents of Travis County transportation and parks bond proposals on the November ballot made an enticing pitch to older homeowners in a mailer, telling them that their taxes are frozen and they won’t pay more if the bonds pass. Travis Forward, a pro-bonds PAC, said in the mailer: “The Travis County propositions will not raise...
Joe Straus has mostly fared well on PolitiFact’s Truth-O-Meter
 Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, who revealed today he’s not seeking re-election in 2018, has faced the PolitiFact Texas Truth-O-Meter five times—mostly faring well. In July, most recently, the fact-checking project based at the Austin American-Statesman found True the claim by Straus that the Austin school district was expected...

Posted: 26 days ago

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, who revealed today he’s not seeking re-election in 2018, has faced the PolitiFact Texas Truth-O-Meter five times—mostly faring well. In July, most recently, the fact-checking project based at the Austin American-Statesman found True the claim by Straus that the Austin school district was expected...
PolitiFact: Doggett mixes tax numbers, but rich still get richer
 U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, told congressional colleagues that President Donald Trump’s plan to cut taxes would mostly benefit America’s wealthiest. “Eighty percent of the tax breaks in this proposal go to the top 1 percent — that is, people making more than $730,000 a year,” Doggett said on the House...

Posted: 30 days ago

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, told congressional colleagues that President Donald Trump’s plan to cut taxes would mostly benefit America’s wealthiest. “Eighty percent of the tax breaks in this proposal go to the top 1 percent — that is, people making more than $730,000 a year,” Doggett said on the House...
PolitiFact: Is the Alamo a ‘disappointing landmark’
 A website intended to defend the master plan for spiffing up the Alamo says tourists remain far from wowed by the historically revered site. We were intrigued by this claim on the Alamo Truth site, which is funded by Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush’s political campaign: “The Alamo has been consistently listed as one of...

Posted: 30 days ago

A website intended to defend the master plan for spiffing up the Alamo says tourists remain far from wowed by the historically revered site. We were intrigued by this claim on the Alamo Truth site, which is funded by Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush’s political campaign: “The Alamo has been consistently listed as one of...