Jenna Fischer, the acclaimed actress famous for portraying Pam Beesly on the hit NBC sitcom “The Office,” is receiving praise for a classy apology for a tweet about Republican tax cuts. “I can’t stop thinking about how school teachers can no longer deduct the cost of their classroom supplies on their taxes…something they shouldn’t have to pay for with their own money in the first place. I mean, imagine if nurses had to go buy their own syringes,” Fischer tweeted. The deduction was added back during last minute changes to the secretly drafted bill. Conservatives lashed out at Fischer for criticizing a section removed from the final bill. On Christmas Day, Fischer posted a correction.
Imagine that you’re a human being. Now imagine that you’ve made a mistake. How would you handle it? Would you deny reality, plow full speed ahead and refuse to acknowledge your error? Or would you reflect on your mistake, ponder the facts, and apologize for getting things wrong?
I know; in today’s America, that’s a rather radical concept, eh? Who takes personal responsibility anymore?
Many Conservatives, their judgment clouded by their smug arrogance and belief in their own self-ascribed moral superiority, would feel no need to own up to their faux pas. Taking personal responsibility (for members of the party of personal responsibility) is something only losers and Liberals think necessary. Their default is to indignantly deflect blame onto others in order that they may avoid having to accept blame. Jenna Fischer did the classy thing and admitted she had her facts wrong. In the end, it was an abject lesson in class, dignity, and how to conduct yourself when you’ve whiffed on reality.
Hey, she’s human…and she made a mistake. A truly classy person would own up to the boo-boo and move on. Most Conservatives would indignantly deflect blame onto anyone but themselves.
Thanks for your tweets! I had some facts wrong. Teachers surveyed by Scholastic in 2016 personally spent an average of $530 on school supplies for students. Teachers who worked at high-poverty schools spent an average of $672. The tax deduction was capped at $250.
— Jenna Fischer (@jennafischer) December 25, 2017
I've deleted a tweet and would like to issue an apology. Please read and re-tweet to help me spread the word! Thanks! pic.twitter.com/R6CNyn4bVV
— Jenna Fischer (@jennafischer) December 27, 2017