Sunday, July 5th, 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

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Recent stories from John Bridges

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.

Ted Cruz, new author, calls PolitiFact noxious yellow journalism

We may be making Ted Cruz sick.   That seems to be what the Texas senator and Republican presidential candidate thinks about PolitiFact and our fact checks, according to his just-published book, "A Time for Truth."   Cruz calls PolitiFact a "new, particularly noxious species of yellow journalism that is beginning to infect what passes for modern political discourse." And there’s more.   See Cruz’s full Truth-O-Meter report card here. COMMENT on our Facebook page.  

Greg Abbott says a billion in bullion repatriating to Texas. Mostly False.

Greg Abbott said a measure he signed into law returns $1 billion in gold bullion to Texas from the Federal Reserve.   MOSTLY FALSE, we found.

Before Supreme Court ruling, Texans defined marriage as between one man, one woman

Texas is among about a dozen states that barred same-sex marriages before the U.S. Supreme Court acted today. Texas voters defined marriage as between a man and a woman by going to the polls as we're recapping here...   READ ABOUT THE COURT'S RULING, AND TEXAS IMPLICATIONS, HERE.   SEE POLITIFACT'S FACT CHECKS RELATED TO MARRIAGE HERE.

Ted Cruz photos by Associated Press included several of gun seemingly pointed at him

Ted Cruz looks like he's got a gun pointed at him in a photo taken by the Associated Press in Iowa over the weekend--and the photo alone provoked concern in some circles, Politico said Sunday.   Conservative-oriented Breitbart.com asked readers to imagine the outcry if a Democrat had been depicted similarly.   The AP distributed several other photos of Cruz speaking. We're sharing them here...

Just kidding: Andy Borowitz says Texas gun shops outnumber abortion clinics more than 12,000-to-1

A reader asked: Did comedian Andy Borowitz have his facts straight when he suggested Texas gun stores outnumber Texas abortion facilities more than 12,000 to 1?   Short answer: Borowitz made up his numbers. Remember, he’s a professional kidder.   Still, we hunted accurate figures.

UPDATED: Sheriff says U.S. alone in not securing borders with military

A West Texas sheriff declared the U.S. alone in not securing its border with the military.   Pants on Fire!   SEE THE TRUTH-O-METER ARTICLE.

Ted Cruz claim about costs of tax compliance, military drew most PolitiFact Texas views in May

Ted Cruz won the month of May--for us.   Our check of his claim about the costs of tax compliance and how much the country spends on the military was our most-viewed story of the month.   PLUS: See Ted Cruz's complete Truth-O-Meter report card.

Rick Perry announces fresh presidential bid near Dallas

Former Gov. Rick Perry, who just declared for president in an airplane hangar near Dallas, has an expansive PolitiFact record.   See Perry's full Truth-O-Meter record here.   See our Twitter rundown of the most-viewed Perry fact checks over the years. OR comment on Facebook.

Rick Perry and border security

Rick Perry, the former Texas governor expected to announce for president, has hammered the federal government for falling short of stopping illegal border crossings.   Meantime, Perry has misstated quite a bit about conditions on the Texas-Mexico border.   PLUS: Rick Perry's full Truth-O-Meter report card.