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: Death penalty is now only for those 18 and older
 A U.S. Supreme Court ruling keeps the 17-year-old who has admitted being the shooter at Santa Fe High School from facing the death penalty because he’s not 18. Still, a meme brought to our attention by readers suggests Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who is white, is getting some type of special treatment. It contrasts his case with that of an...

Posted: 6 hours ago

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling keeps the 17-year-old who has admitted being the shooter at Santa Fe High School from facing the death penalty because he’s not 18. Still, a meme brought to our attention by readers suggests Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who is white, is getting some type of special treatment. It contrasts his case with that of an...
PolitiFact: Austin is creating jobs but not more than any other city
 Austin’s mayor made a best-in-the-nation claim about local job gains that made us wonder. Steve Adler, who seeks a second term in November, was asked on KLBJ-AM about ending “the red tape and paperwork that businesses have to go through just to expand in this city.” Adler replied: “You ought to minimize the bureaucracy...

Posted: 4 days ago

Austin’s mayor made a best-in-the-nation claim about local job gains that made us wonder. Steve Adler, who seeks a second term in November, was asked on KLBJ-AM about ending “the red tape and paperwork that businesses have to go through just to expand in this city.” Adler replied: “You ought to minimize the bureaucracy...
PolitiFact: In governor’s race, abortion divides Democrats
 Houston investor Andrew White says he’ll protect abortion rights if elected governor despite personally believing abortion to be wrong. During the debate for the Democratic nomination for Texas governor, White declared that a national abortion rights leader, Cecile Richards, said there’s room for people like him in “her...

Posted: 6 days ago

Houston investor Andrew White says he’ll protect abortion rights if elected governor despite personally believing abortion to be wrong. During the debate for the Democratic nomination for Texas governor, White declared that a national abortion rights leader, Cecile Richards, said there’s room for people like him in “her...
PolitiFact: Term ‘illegal alien’ rarely appears in federal law
 An exchange between a legislator and the leader of Texas’ state law enforcement agency made us wonder whether federal law uses “illegal alien” to describe any individual living in the U.S. without legal authorization. It doesn’t, we learned, though the term does make a few appearances. Many news organizations avoid...

Posted: 14 days ago

An exchange between a legislator and the leader of Texas’ state law enforcement agency made us wonder whether federal law uses “illegal alien” to describe any individual living in the U.S. without legal authorization. It doesn’t, we learned, though the term does make a few appearances. Many news organizations avoid...
PolitiFact: Greg Abbott ad critical of Lupe Valdez is mostly factual
 Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s fresh online ad critical of Democratic candidate Lupe Valdez mostly has factual footing, the fact-checking PolitiFact Texas project finds, though the ad’s punch line, that Valdez is “too liberal for Texas,” is an opinion and not a factual claim that it would tackle. Abbott’s camp...

Posted: 15 days ago

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s fresh online ad critical of Democratic candidate Lupe Valdez mostly has factual footing, the fact-checking PolitiFact Texas project finds, though the ad’s punch line, that Valdez is “too liberal for Texas,” is an opinion and not a factual claim that it would tackle. Abbott’s camp...
PolitiFact: Cruz overstates O’Rourke’s stance on drug legalization
 U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, seeking a second term representing Texas, declared that his Democratic challenger from El Paso made a “radical” move to legalize all narcotics. The Houston Republican said in his May 1 tweet: “With opioids ravaging so many American communities, Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s radical resolution...

Posted: 21 days ago

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, seeking a second term representing Texas, declared that his Democratic challenger from El Paso made a “radical” move to legalize all narcotics. The Houston Republican said in his May 1 tweet: “With opioids ravaging so many American communities, Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s radical resolution...
PolitiFact: Soros’ giving to Texas candidates is limited
 In 2017, we found no evidence of George Soros, the internationally prominent pro-Democratic financier, investing in races for state office in Texas. More recently, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott warned afresh about Soros in a fundraising letter, opening: “Every weapon in the national Democrat machine’s arsenal is aimed straight at...

Posted: 21 days ago

In 2017, we found no evidence of George Soros, the internationally prominent pro-Democratic financier, investing in races for state office in Texas. More recently, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott warned afresh about Soros in a fundraising letter, opening: “Every weapon in the national Democrat machine’s arsenal is aimed straight at...
PolitiFact: Mayor’s proud trivia about Austin is Mostly True

Posted: 27 days ago

Austin Mayor Steve Adler, who seeks a second term this November, reacted to a game-show moment with a swaggering claim. In an April 25 tweet, Adler responded to this clue from that night’s episode of “Jeopardy”: “Per Rick Perry, it’s the blueberry in the tomato soup.” On the program, a contestant correctly...
PolitiFact: Border arrests are down, except for month Abbott compared
 Gov. Greg Abbott says that apprehensions of border-crossing immigrants and drugs have increased dramatically from last year, justifying his decision to step up National Guard troops assigned to the Texas-Mexico border in keeping with President Donald Trump’s desires. Abbott said in an interview with on San Antonio’s KTSA radio...

Posted: 28 days ago

Gov. Greg Abbott says that apprehensions of border-crossing immigrants and drugs have increased dramatically from last year, justifying his decision to step up National Guard troops assigned to the Texas-Mexico border in keeping with President Donald Trump’s desires. Abbott said in an interview with on San Antonio’s KTSA radio...
PolitiFact: Why Chick-fil-A shutdown on Facebook wasn’t fully cooked
 U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, fresh from questioning Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at a hearing, asserted that Facebook inappropriately killed an appreciation day for Chick-fil-A, the fast-food restaurant. Was he correct? Cruz’s April 11 commentary on the Fox News website centered on what the Texas Republican described as Facebook’s...

7:16 PM Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, fresh from questioning Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at a hearing, asserted that Facebook inappropriately killed an appreciation day for Chick-fil-A, the fast-food restaurant. Was he correct? Cruz’s April 11 commentary on the Fox News website centered on what the Texas Republican described as Facebook’s...
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...

11:00 PM Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018

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...