In a stunning move — for a celebrity, at least — "The Office" star Jenna Fischer took to Twitter to apologize for an inaccurate tweet she made, slamming the GOP for failing to include a $250 "educator deduction" in the tax plan that passed last week.
Last week, Fischer tweeted her "outrage" at the Republican party for, she claimed, removing a tax provision that allowed teachers to claim up to $250 in yearly deductions for needed classroom supplies that the teachers purchased (things like markers, crayons, and Kleenex).
“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," she tweeted.
The tweet quickly went viral, but Fischer found herself repeatedly schooled by high profile political commentators and Twitter tax experts, who pointed out that while earlier drafts of the bill did change the deduction, the final draft, which passed last week, still allowed educators to deduct supplies.
After what she says was some "soul searching" about her incorrect viral tweet, Fischer issued a complete apology, and pointed out that the basics of a good dialogue require people to admit when they're wrong.
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
This may be the first time a celebrity "political expert" has admitted when they've shared false information — and that's a good development.