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 Texas: Claim about statues of Texans overlooks 11 swords
 A fundraising email staked a claim to uniqueness about Texans in the U.S. Capitol that made us wonder. Jonathan Saenz, who heads Texas Values, a group that says it’s dedicated to faith, family and freedom, wrote March 28 that during a recent walk through the U.S. Capitol, "I gazed up at the carvings and paintings that tell America&rsquo...

Posted: 11 days ago

A fundraising email staked a claim to uniqueness about Texans in the U.S. Capitol that made us wonder. Jonathan Saenz, who heads Texas Values, a group that says it’s dedicated to faith, family and freedom, wrote March 28 that during a recent walk through the U.S. Capitol, "I gazed up at the carvings and paintings that tell America&rsquo...
Pants on Fire: Phone calls about taxes and cops coming for you
 A phone message from a New York area code about “your tax filings” ominously indicated that if the Texas recipient didn’t call back, jail time and legal action loomed. By all indications, though, the message fielded this week by an Austin resident from a number with the 607 area code was a scam. Significantly, agencies say...

Posted: 11 days ago

A phone message from a New York area code about “your tax filings” ominously indicated that if the Texas recipient didn’t call back, jail time and legal action loomed. By all indications, though, the message fielded this week by an Austin resident from a number with the 607 area code was a scam. Significantly, agencies say...
PolitiFact: Just how much of a border threat is Mexico caravan?
 In a tweet, President Donald Trump ruled out a deal to restore DACA, the program protecting certain young immigrants from deportation, in part by warning that the U.S.-Mexico border could soon be besieged by a pile of people. “Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat)...

Posted: 16 days ago

In a tweet, President Donald Trump ruled out a deal to restore DACA, the program protecting certain young immigrants from deportation, in part by warning that the U.S.-Mexico border could soon be besieged by a pile of people. “Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat)...
PolitiFact: Say ‘howdy’ to your 150 new neighbors today

Posted: 17 days ago

An activist questioning plans to include a U.S. citizenship question in the 2020 census warned that if fewer Texans fill out the decennial survey, the state could be shorted government aid and full representation, both tied to population counts. “Additionally, I want to just emphasize the growth of Texas,” Jose Carrillo of the...
PolitiFact: Would 1 in 100 of us qualify as a sociopath?
 A Texas congressman commenting on the man linked to bombings around Austin before blowing himself up made a claim about the prevalence of sociopaths that made us wonder. U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, said on the March 26 edition of Spectrum News’ “Capital Tonight”: “He’s a sociopath. He claims, ‘I&rsquo...

Posted: 21 days ago

A Texas congressman commenting on the man linked to bombings around Austin before blowing himself up made a claim about the prevalence of sociopaths that made us wonder. U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, said on the March 26 edition of Spectrum News’ “Capital Tonight”: “He’s a sociopath. He claims, ‘I&rsquo...
PolitiFact: ‘Criminal immigrant’ tally relies on faulty, inflated stats
 Four years ago, then-Gov. Rick Perry misrepresented state-posted numbers and inaccurately claimed that thousands of Texas murders had been committed by unauthorized immigrants. More recently, Fox News commentator Sean Hannity drew our attention when he dipped into the same pool of figures on his March 7 program, saying to a guest: &ldquo...

Posted: 30 days ago

Four years ago, then-Gov. Rick Perry misrepresented state-posted numbers and inaccurately claimed that thousands of Texas murders had been committed by unauthorized immigrants. More recently, Fox News commentator Sean Hannity drew our attention when he dipped into the same pool of figures on his March 7 program, saying to a guest: &ldquo...
PolitiFact: With no action on gun laws, kids are told to duck and yell
 Potentially fatal guidance for children has been conveyed to parents at PTA meetings while Congress avoids acting against guns used in school shootings, U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke told voters. At a Feb. 24 stop in Waco, the El Paso congressman said: “How (expletive) up is it that PTA meetings are now being conducted to...

7:17 PM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

Potentially fatal guidance for children has been conveyed to parents at PTA meetings while Congress avoids acting against guns used in school shootings, U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke told voters. At a Feb. 24 stop in Waco, the El Paso congressman said: “How (expletive) up is it that PTA meetings are now being conducted to...
PolitiFact: Cruz’s campaign song misses a beat on facts
 Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas debuted a song the night of the Texas primaries that set Cruz on course to face Beto O’Rourke on the November ballot. It’s not a love song. The ditty portrays O’Rourke, a Democrat who represents El Paso in the U.S. House, as a liberal who’s unelectable in Texas. To the tune of...

5:00 AM Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018

Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas debuted a song the night of the Texas primaries that set Cruz on course to face Beto O’Rourke on the November ballot. It’s not a love song. The ditty portrays O’Rourke, a Democrat who represents El Paso in the U.S. House, as a liberal who’s unelectable in Texas. To the tune of...
PolitiFact: Dog in overhead bin? Feds let airlines govern pet travel

10:56 PM Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

This week’s reported death of a dog while on a United Airlines flight made us wonder how Uncle Sam regulates pet travel. Not a lot when it comes to pets traveling inside airplane cabins, PolitiFact Texas found. The fact-checking project is based at the American-Statesman. According to news reports including this March 14 CNN account...
PolitiFact: Despite rhetoric, abortion not listed as a cause of death
 An Austin-area state representative says more black Americans die from abortion than any other cause. We wondered about that. During his unsuccessful run for U.S. Congress, state Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, was asked by the League of Women Voters what policies he’d pursue to address safety and inequalities facing women and...

6:00 AM Sunday, Mar. 11, 2018

An Austin-area state representative says more black Americans die from abortion than any other cause. We wondered about that. During his unsuccessful run for U.S. Congress, state Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, was asked by the League of Women Voters what policies he’d pursue to address safety and inequalities facing women and...
PolitiFact’s fact-check guide to the Texas party primaries
 From checking on school spending and classroom instruction to whether abortions kill the most black Americans, we learned a great deal while researching fact-checks in advance of Tuesday’s Texas party primaries. Generally, a study says, Texas schools ranked 40th nationally heading into 2017. But Texas lately ranks fifth nationally for...

3:54 PM Tuesday, Mar. 06, 2018

From checking on school spending and classroom instruction to whether abortions kill the most black Americans, we learned a great deal while researching fact-checks in advance of Tuesday’s Texas party primaries. Generally, a study says, Texas schools ranked 40th nationally heading into 2017. But Texas lately ranks fifth nationally for...