W. Gardner Selby

Editor, Politifact Texas

W. Gardner Selby, former chief political writer for the Austin American-Statesman, has covered Texas politics and government off and on since working part-time for The Beaumont Enterprise at the Texas Capitol in 1982-83. He joined the Statesman as a reporter and columnist in 2005 having reported previously for four other newspapers at the Capitol. His background includes nearly five years as a state employee and nearly 40 parent-years as the father of two girls. A baseball book he read noted the popularity of "Horse ---" as an expression by ball players and umpires--perhaps an appropriate warm-up for the launch of PolitiFact Texas.


The latest Truth-O-Meter items from W. Gardner Selby

Recent stories from W. Gardner Selby

In the crossfire: Fact-checking claims about guns

We summarize a few of our recent fact-checks about guns.   • Experts: Values can trump data in gun debate • In Context: What Kevin McCarthy said about Hillary Clinton and Benghazi  

Glenn Hegar says 650 people a day move into Texas

Glenn Hegar, bullish on the Texas economy, has been telling groups 650 people a day move into the state.   That’s an accurate estimate of net migration to the state, also accounting for residents who leave.  

Ted Cruz fact checks dominated Texas Truth-O-Meter in September

It was a very good September for PolitiFact stories featuring Ted Cruz.   Five Ted-Cruz-connected stories ranked among our 10 most-read articles in the month.

Welcoming PolitiFact Missouri (properly pronounced MIZZ-ER-AH, we believe)

Bad news for Missouri politicians prone to making outrageous or unsubstantiated claims: PolitiFact is now watching.

Fred Fleitz: Slanted fact check whiffs on Ted Cruz Iran inspections claim

An expert quoted in our latest Ted Cruz fact check says we blew it.   We stand by our work. But we also wanted to share his full reaction.   See the original fact check here.

Remember front-running Rick Perry for president? Karl Rove does

Rick Perry recently suspended his fresh bid for president. So did Wisconsin's Scott Walker.   But there was a time Perry was the frontrunner for his party's presidential nomination.   This reminder comes courtesy of Karl Rove, the Texas-tied consultant, who says the leader in the race for the 2012 Republican nod changed seven times between September 2011 and the end of February 2012. PunditFact found that five individual candidates, including Perry, handed the lead around.

In debate, Ted Cruz pipes up on Iran deal, cutting off Planned Parenthood aid

For a spell, Ted Cruz looked to be a bit left out of the 11-candidate Republican presidential debate.   Then the Texan remaining in the field got back-to-back opportunities to criticize the Iran agreement and federal aid to Planned Parenthood. Later, he called the elevation of John Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court "a mistake" before acknowledging he supported the Roberts' nomination at the time.   Cruz also said he'd place Rosa Parks on a revamped $20 bill.   Catch a lot more on PolitiFact's site and enjoy the Austin American-Statesman's coverage here.   See Ted Cruz's Truth-O-Meter report card here.

Greg Abbott lacks data tying Texas actions to drops in abortions, unintended pregnancies

A Greg Abbott tweet prompted us to check on whether legislative actions that took full effect in 2013 led to fewer abortions and unintended pregnancies.   That's a MOSTLY FALSE.

Donald Trump, rallying in Big D, has a Truth-O-Meter record laden with False ratings

Donald Trump, rallying in Dallas, brings a Truth-O-Meter record heavy with False ratings.   Let us know if you hear something fresh we should check?   SEE TRUMP'S TRUTH-O-METER REPORT CARD.

Rick Perry, suspending campaign after 168 fact checks since 2010

"I give you this news with no regrets," Rick Perry said in suspending his presidential campaign today.   SEE Perry's full Truth-O-Meter report card.   Ahem: PolitiFact reporters have checked Perry claims 168 times since our launch in Texas in 2010.   Also today, Perry revisited a couple of recently fact-checked claims.