Thursday, July 30th, 2015

John Bridges

Managing editor, Austin American-Statesman

John Bridges is the managing editor of the Austin American-Statesman. An American-Statesman employee for more than 20 years, he previously served as the newspaper's senior editor for local and state news, national editor, news editor, metro editor and sports editor. His duties include oversight of PolitiFact Texas.

Email: jbridges@statesman.com

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from John Bridges

Recent stories from John Bridges

Texas Capitol placed facing south to honor the heart of capital

We love it when a reader claim touches off our hunt for facts.   That’s what happened when Christine Gilbert of Austin wrote that the Texas Capitol faces south to honor a battle at Goliad. Not so, we concluded, though Goliad was invoked at the Capitol’s dedication.   READ OUR CAPITOL FACT CHECK HERE.   Readers subsequently nudged that we missed a possible explanation; they speculated the building was erected facing south to catch the winds off the Gulf of Mexico. Details ahead...

Donald Trump over-counts U.S. 'illegals'

Donald Trump says he heard there could be 34 million U.S. "illegals."   PANTS ON FIRE, PolitiFact Florida found.   NEW: Pundit correctly says majority of Hispanic residents in the country were born in the U.S.   As of 2012, according to a federal agency, some 11.4 million residents lived in the country without legal authorization. Others put the number between 11 million and 12 million. MORE AHEAD:

Greg Abbott keeps five early childhood education campaign promises

As a candidate, Greg Abbott said the state should encourage quality preschool offerings and beef up math and reading instruction in early grades.   Before the 2015 legislative session ended this June, he signed several relevant measures into law.   On the Abbott-O-Meter, which tracks progress on the governor's campaign promises, we’re marking KEPT five Abbott campaign promises relating to early childhood education.

Tweets from 2015 Global FactChecking Summit in London

What happens when fact-checkers from around the globe gather in a single room in London? We've got your Twitter live feed.

Were Donald Trump, John Cornyn 'draft dodgers'?

In 2014, we found no substance to a claim John Cornyn dodged the draft.   Did Donald Trump dodge? PolitiFact just lofted a jump ball.   SEE THE TRUMP STORY HERE. SEE THE CHECK PER JOHN CORNYN HERE.   NEW: See our story showing tweets from the 2015 global fact-checking summit in London, HERE.

Houston wasn't the first word spoken from the moon

Flashback time: In 2011, we rated False a claim the first word spoken from the moon was "Houston."   First word? Maybe "contact light."   Read the original fact check here.

Reader says politically correct terms undermine fact check of Rick Perry on murders by "aliens"

A reader didn't like our not calling border crossers "illegal aliens," also objecting to our references to "unauthorized residents."   Some word choices are a matter of Associated Press style.

Sharia court in Irving, Texas? Negative

Did Muslims attempt to open a Sharia court in Irving, Texas?   A reader asked us to check that out.   FALSE.

Six fact-checks over Texas, our reader favorites in June

Our check into a HALF TRUE Doonesbury claim about Greg Abbott tracking the Jade Helm 15 military exercise drew the most reader views in June.   Our reviews of claims by the Midland County sheriff, Abbott himself and Austin City Council Member Don Zimmerman also made our top six reader favorites for the month.

Greg Abbott strikes out on his ethics campaign promises

The baseball saying is wait til next year. Greg Abbott has said wait til 2017 for lawmakers to revisit his ethics campaign promises.   Now we've marked those Abbott promises as BROKEN.   See the entire Abbott-O-Meter here.