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: Congressman touts his refusal to vote ‘present’
 U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, who represents the 25th District running north and west from Austin to just south of Tarrant County, declared that he always commits to a position on issues before the House — never voting “present” the “chicken way.” A reader asked us to fact-check Williams’ tout. Williams, a...

Posted: 3 days ago

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, who represents the 25th District running north and west from Austin to just south of Tarrant County, declared that he always commits to a position on issues before the House — never voting “present” the “chicken way.” A reader asked us to fact-check Williams’ tout. Williams, a...
PolitiFact: O’Rourke said he’s open to abolishing ICE — with caveats
 Republican Ted Cruz, seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate, calls Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke too extreme and reckless for Texas in a video ad including the charge that O’Rourke, the El Paso congressman, is amenable to wiping out the nation’s lead immigration agency. In the ad, Cruz’s narrator says: &ldquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

Republican Ted Cruz, seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate, calls Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke too extreme and reckless for Texas in a video ad including the charge that O’Rourke, the El Paso congressman, is amenable to wiping out the nation’s lead immigration agency. In the ad, Cruz’s narrator says: &ldquo...
PolitiFact: Abbott tweets, then deletes bogus Churchill quote
 In a wee-hours tweet, Gov. Greg Abbott posted a meme showing celebrated British statesman Winston Churchill saying, “The fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascists.” In his 1:10 a.m. Tuesday tweet, Abbott prefaced his citation of Churchill, who twice served as England’s prime minister, by writing: “Some...

Posted: 7 days ago

In a wee-hours tweet, Gov. Greg Abbott posted a meme showing celebrated British statesman Winston Churchill saying, “The fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascists.” In his 1:10 a.m. Tuesday tweet, Abbott prefaced his citation of Churchill, who twice served as England’s prime minister, by writing: “Some...
Abbott tweets, then deletes fake Winston Churchill quote on fascists
 1:30 p.m. update: After Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted and later deleted a fake quote about fascists attributed to former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, an official with the International Churchill Society confirmed the statesman never made the remark. “The quotation is not one that has ever been documented as having been said...

Posted: 8 days ago

1:30 p.m. update: After Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted and later deleted a fake quote about fascists attributed to former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, an official with the International Churchill Society confirmed the statesman never made the remark. “The quotation is not one that has ever been documented as having been said...
PolitiFact: Texas law requires credit for AP exams
 In his first run for governor, Greg Abbott urged a change in law requiring Texas public colleges and universities to give course credit to students who get above-average scores on Advanced Placement exams. In his October 2013 compendium of campaign vows, Abbott called for lawmakers to adopt a statewide AP credit-by-exam policy requiring public...

Posted: 10 days ago

In his first run for governor, Greg Abbott urged a change in law requiring Texas public colleges and universities to give course credit to students who get above-average scores on Advanced Placement exams. In his October 2013 compendium of campaign vows, Abbott called for lawmakers to adopt a statewide AP credit-by-exam policy requiring public...
PolitiFact: Attacks on Muslims more common than after 9/11
 A member of a Muslim congregation said after a man was convicted of setting its mosque on fire that the United States isn’t what it used to be. Muslims can’t afford to lower their guards, Omar Rachid, a board member at the Victoria Islamic Center, told the San Antonio Express-News after Marq Vincent Perez was convicted of burning...

Posted: 11 days ago

A member of a Muslim congregation said after a man was convicted of setting its mosque on fire that the United States isn’t what it used to be. Muslims can’t afford to lower their guards, Omar Rachid, a board member at the Victoria Islamic Center, told the San Antonio Express-News after Marq Vincent Perez was convicted of burning...
PolitiFact: Greg Abbott’s vow to kill CSCOPE, common core is stalled
 Accepting his party’s 2014 gubernatorial nomination, Greg Abbott vowed to kill an educational resource already cut. In the same breath, he promised to stop Texas from embracing academic standards that were already curbed. “I will drive a stake through the heart of CSCOPE and will never allow common core in Texas,” Abbott...

Posted: 17 days ago

Accepting his party’s 2014 gubernatorial nomination, Greg Abbott vowed to kill an educational resource already cut. In the same breath, he promised to stop Texas from embracing academic standards that were already curbed. “I will drive a stake through the heart of CSCOPE and will never allow common core in Texas,” Abbott...
PolitiFact: Ted Cruz’s errant claim about Beto O’Rourke, impeachment
 Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas says his Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of El Paso, opposes President Donald Trump in a uniquely crummy way. In a July 17 press release, Cruz’s campaign called O’Rourke the nation’s “only candidate to the U.S. Senate to call for impeachment.” We wondered...

Posted: 18 days ago

Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas says his Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of El Paso, opposes President Donald Trump in a uniquely crummy way. In a July 17 press release, Cruz’s campaign called O’Rourke the nation’s “only candidate to the U.S. Senate to call for impeachment.” We wondered...
PolitiFact: Mixed grade for Abbott’s college scheduling promise
 In his first run for governor, Republican Greg Abbott said community college schedules should be made more predictable for the sake of students juggling lives outside the classroom. Abbott suggested in his 2013 compendium of campaign promises that a law mandating block schedules — requiring classes to take place from 8 a.m. to noon...

Posted: 24 days ago

In his first run for governor, Republican Greg Abbott said community college schedules should be made more predictable for the sake of students juggling lives outside the classroom. Abbott suggested in his 2013 compendium of campaign promises that a law mandating block schedules — requiring classes to take place from 8 a.m. to noon...
PolitiFact: Railroad Commission is no longer working on the railroads
 Railroad Commission candidate Roman McAllen of Denton offered delegates to the Texas Democratic Party convention a familiar refrain about the state’s anachronistically named oil and gas regulatory agency. “Finally, we have to change the name,” McAllen said. “The current one is very misleading. The Railroad Commission...

Posted: 25 days ago

Railroad Commission candidate Roman McAllen of Denton offered delegates to the Texas Democratic Party convention a familiar refrain about the state’s anachronistically named oil and gas regulatory agency. “Finally, we have to change the name,” McAllen said. “The current one is very misleading. The Railroad Commission...
PolitiFact: Opponent didn’t pass any bills? We found one
 A North Texas Democrat nominated for the Texas Senate told a Dallas crowd that the incumbent, Bob Hall of Edgewood, has an empty legislative record. Kendall Scudder of Sulphur Springs was quoted by The Dallas Morning News as saying at a July event: “None of you should be surprised to find out that Bob Hall never successfully passed...

5:00 AM Sunday, Jul. 15, 2018

A North Texas Democrat nominated for the Texas Senate told a Dallas crowd that the incumbent, Bob Hall of Edgewood, has an empty legislative record. Kendall Scudder of Sulphur Springs was quoted by The Dallas Morning News as saying at a July event: “None of you should be surprised to find out that Bob Hall never successfully passed...