It seems like fake news is showing up left and right these days. Between satire websites, news that doesn’t get fact checked, and social media websites, it seems like you have to double check everything you read.
It can be even more difficult when the news changes so frequently. Something that’s true one day might be disproven or resolved the next. That’s what one actress recently discovered.
Jenna Fischer, who starred as Pam in “The Office,” sent out a Tweet sharing her thoughts on a part of the latest tax bill. She received a lot of criticism, though.
Apparently the part of the bill that Fischer was referencing was in one of the earliest versions, but was removed in the latest version. The legislation that actually passed did not include the part that Fischer was referencing.
Instead of just deleting the Tweet and moving on, as many people would, Fischer decided to take it seriously. When she realized her mistake, she deleted her previous tweet.
In another Tweet, she shared, “I feel genuinely bad about getting my facts wrong and I’m sorry. I did not mean to spread misinformation. I was well-intentioned, but I was behind on my research.”
Instead of leaving her original Tweet up and spreading the false information that it contained, Fischer decided to remove the information and ensured that others knew it was false.
The full Tweet reads,
"I made a mistake and I want to correct it. After reading your feedback and doing additional research I discovered that I tweeted something that was not accurate."
"Last month, the House of Representatives voted for a tax bill that did kill a $250 deduction for teachers to buy classroom supplies, but in the final bill the deduction was restored. I feel genuinely bad about getting my facts wrong and I’m sorry. 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."
"For a minute I thought, ‘Maybe, I don’t need to delete my tweet because it started a great dialogue about how teachers shouldn’t have to go out of pocket to pay for school supplies! I love teachers. True, I had a fact wrong about the tax deductions. But, I’ve started a dialogue!"
"Listen, I love a good dialogue. In fact, what I treasure most about our democracy is the dialogue we share with each other, through conversations, social media and the press. But part of having a dialogue involves listening and learning and admitting when you’re wrong. Tweet deleted."
"I’m not ashamed to say I was wrong and I’m not ashamed to correct it. I was taught that taking responsibility is the right thing to do. (Thanks Mom and Dad!) Please accept my apology."
"Thanks for listening, for your feedback, and for being kind. And thank you to our teachers who do so much more than we will ever know—opening their hearts (and often their wallets) to educate our children."
"With love, Jenna."
It’s incredible to see someone truly take ownership of a mistake that she made. Instead of spreading fake news, she made a point of correcting the false information. We can all learn a few lessons from her incredible response.
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