- The Washington Times
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Actress Jenna Fischer has apologized and issued a correction to a false tweet painting the Republican tax plan as a bane for teachers.

“I made a mistake and I want to correct it,” Ms. Fisher, who starred as Pam in the hit NBC series “The Office,” wrote in a lengthy statement posted on Twitter Wednesday. “After reading your feedback and doing additional research I discovered that I tweeted something that was not accurate.”

The actress was sharply criticized after she tweeted Saturday that “school teachers can no longer deduct the cost of their classroom supplies on their taxes” under the GOP tax bill, which President Trump signed into law last week.

“I mean, imagine if nurses had to go buy their own syringes. #ugh,” she wrote in the now-deleted tweet.

Ms. Fisher wrote in her apology that she now understands that while the House of Representatives voted for a tax bill that scrapped the $250 deduction for teachers to buy classroom supplies, the deduction was restored in the final bill that went into law.

“I feel genuinely bad about getting my facts wrong and I’m sorry,” she wrote. “I did not mean to spread misinformation. I was well-intentioned, but I was behind on my research. So, I’ve deleted the tweet. Because, I believe accuracy is important.

“I’m not ashamed to say I was wrong and I’m not ashamed to correct,” she wrote. “I was taught that taking responsibility is the right thing to do. (Thanks Mom and Dad!) Please accept my apology.”

The apology was widely accepted by social media users across the political spectrum. New York magazine’s The Cut saidMs. Fischer showed “us all” how to give a “good apology.”

Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican who played a key role in ushering the tax bill through the Senate, said Ms. Fischer’s apology served as a “great example of how civil discussion can and should take place.”

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