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

Checking Rick Perry claims about defense, energy

Rick Perry has been fact-checked many times -- though not often in connection with defense or energy claims.

UPDATED: Austin newspaper (still) not endorsing candidates in November elections

A Republican and a couple Austin-area Democrats listed Austin American-Statesman endorsements on campaign websites.   All three got that wrong.

In Context: 'Senator, you've whipped out that Mexican thing again'

"Senator," Mike Pence said to Tim Kaine, "you've whipped out that Mexican thing again." It wasn't a joke by the Republican vice presidential nominee. Let's see Pence's comment in context.

Donald Trump, stumping in Austin, on the PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter

Donald Trump, stumping in Austin, brought along a fiery record on the PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter.

Dan Patrick's case for ABC News to release full Obama 'town hall' video

Texan Dan Patrick continues to call for ABC News to release full video of this month's White House town hall where Patrick and President Obama went back and forth.   We've newly annotated what fit into the 60-minute broadcast--and what got cut.

Rick Perry revisits claims about job gains, graduation rates

Former Gov. Rick Perry rallied Texas delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this morning partly by revisiting claims about Texas job growth and high school graduation rates that we’ve checked before.   Just ahead, his repeat of a statement we found Mostly False...

Texas allows rifles to be toted publicly, but not in manner 'calculated to alarm'

The sniper attacks in Dallas reminded us we'd confirmed Texas allows residents to openly carry rifles in public.   However, no one may legally display any gun in a "manner calculated to alarm."   See the 2014 fact check.

George Will dropped Republican voter registration--like 5,000 fellow Maryland voters

George Will indeed shifted his voter registration from Republican to unaffiliated in June, we confirmed, like about 5,000 other Maryland residents.   The from-the-right commentator, clarion clear about opposing Donald Trump for president, declared his GOP abandonment in a June speech. We sought factual backup.

Julián Castro, vice presidential prospect, and the Truth-O-Meter

Texan Julián Castro is reportedly among Democrats being vetted to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate.   To date, the HUD secretary and former San Antonio mayor has a Half True through True PolitiFact record. We’ve checked nearly a dozen Castro claims.

Donald Trump in Dallas gets Hillary Clinton/Syria claim right, other facts wrong

Firing up supporters in a Dallas ballroom, Donald Trump correctly recapped Hillary Clinton’s desire to drive up Syrian refugees admitted to the United States.   But his accuracy was off in statements about Clinton and the Second Amendment, his past public opposition to war in Iraq and the U.S. having the world’s highest taxes.   See Donald Trump’s Truth-O-Meter report card. See Hillary Clinton’s PolitiFact record.