UPDATED: Hollywood Fails, Social Media Style

UPDATED: Hollywood Fails, Social Media Style

UPDATED: Hollywood Fails, Social Media Style

Hollywood continues to prove its love for social media is equalled only by its distaste for facts. Not that this is anything new. Last week, we had Rosie offering to “pay” two senators $2 million each to change their vote on the tax bill. This week, we have Entertainment Weekly trying to justify her attempted bribery. We also have actress Jenna Fischer, Pam from The Office, giving false information about the tax bill in a tweet that was not only heavily shared but was then “justified” by Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau.

When O’Donnell offered Senators Susan Collins and Jeff Flake $2 million each to change their vote on the tax bill, few people laughed. For one, Rosie hasn’t been funny for years. For another, they recognized the so-called offer for what it was — a bribe. She wanted to give politicians money to influence their vote. That’s illegal. Fortunately for the American people, the senators voted for the bill and didn’t take her up on her offer.

But that wasn’t the end of it. In true Hollywood tradition, Entertainment Weekly had to try to spin the story into one of big, bad Conservative America doing its best to silence poor little Rosie.

Of course, in doing so, it fails to point out a couple of things. The first is that her “offer” was an attempted bribe, something blatantly illegal. But that’s okay. We all know the laws for the little people don’t apply to Hollywood and its so-called elite. But the second is a bit more problematical for EW. To begin, if you are going to complain about a “backlash”, you need to make sure your own reporting is complete. EW’s failure to report on Rosie’s attack on Ben Shapiro when he called her out for her actions — and on Twitter’s eventual ruling that Rosie’s tweet violated its terms of service — smacks of preferential treatment and shows just where the rag’s — er, media outlet’s — loyalties lie. Forget truth. Let’s make sure we press the “right” point of view. The little people will thank us for it once we have them all brainwashed.

But it doesn’t end there, at least not where Hollywood and the tax bill are concerned. Jenna Fischer, who played Pam in The Office, tweeted the following:

This tweet obviously hit a sore spot with a number of people, judging by the many times it was retweeted. It would have hit one with me as well except for one thing — it’s wrong. The new tax bill doesn’t do away with the tax break for teachers who have to buy their own supplies. What it does, however, is place a $250 cap on the deduction. Something Fischer either ignored or didn’t know until after being called out on it.

Now, to be fair, Fischer did finally admit she was wrong.

However, she didn’t remove the original tweet. Instead, her “correction” reads like someone from her PR team wrote it for her. Too bad they didn’t vet what she first tweeted.

Still, it was the response from former Obama speechwriter, Jon Favreau — no, not THAT Favreau — that took the cake.

Perhaps Fischer should have waited to tweet until she’d read the talking points? Can you imagine the howls of outrage that would have come from the media had a conservative actor misrepresented Obamacare or anything else that came out of the Obama administration? Wait, we saw that every time gun control came up or the Affordable Care Act and anyone dared speak against it.

Hollywood needs to understand that the American public isn’t nearly as gullible as it wants to believe. It needs to get over its love affair with Hillary Clinton and realize she is not and will not be our president. Being a “star” doesn’t give you some infinite power to tell us what laws we should enact or which politicians we should vote for. Educate yourselves before attempting to educate the rest of us or, better yet, just do your jobs and be entertainers, keeping your opinions to yourselves. Otherwise, you risk discovering just how little we care what you think when it comes to politics.

UPDATE: Jenna Fischer, in a class move, not only deleted her original tweet but issued an apology and a statement she has asked everyone to read and share. We don’t often see this kind of honesty and call for dialog from Hollywood and my hat is off to Fischer.


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  • Timmy says:

    I don’t understand why teachers spend their own money for work?

    Are they deviating from the curriculum? If they are supposed to be doing it , the students should pay a fee.

    • Amanda Green says:

      The money teachers spend are often or things school budgets no longer cover — classroom decorations, additional learning aids, even simple things like kleenex. It wasn’t unusual when my son was in elementary school for me to go to the local teacher supply store and spend close to $100 a semester on things I knew his teachers needed but would have to buy themselves for the classroom.

      • GWB says:

        Big tears from the homeschooler who had to buy or rent EVERYTHING to teach our child.
        Cry me a river, ’cause I’ve cried a thousand over my taxes.

        If y’all could get rid of a few of those Diversity Administrators, you might be able to afford a supply of Kleenex for your rooms.

        I know a lot of teachers are great. But the education establishment chaps my nethers and I don’t have much sympathy anymore. If these progs want to gripe so much about all the money the poor teachers have to spend out of their pocket (btw, when *I* spend money for my job, it has to reach 2% of my income before I can deduct it) then maybe they could see their way to actually allowing for school choice, and eliminating the bureaucratic tapeworms they’ve installed throughout the system. When they start working on that, I’ll have some sympathy again. (Or the teachers can heave the progs overboard.)

        • Amanda Green says:

          You won’t get any argument from me. I want teachers to be able to teach — not spend their time justifying what they are doing to make sure it meets all the diversity and Common Core bullshit out there. I want teachers to be able to tailor their curriculum as needed to meet the needs of their teachers, not teach down to the lowest common denominator. But that doesn’t mean I won’t help the good teachers when need be, anymore than I won’t stand up to the bad ones.

          • GWB says:

            While I am certainly not a fan of Common Core (or *any* national curriculum), you twigged one of my other major pain points about teacher complaints:
            “Oh dear, I don’t have any time to teach my subject because I have to teach to the Standards Of Learning!”
            Ummm, sweetcheeks, the SOLs ARE your subject. They were enacted precisely because teachers were taking it upon themselves to teach what they thought was important, and often neglecting the fundamentals of their subject.

            The SOLs say “the child in #th grade must demonstrate mastery of these subjects before we can say they’ve ‘passed’ #th grade.” If you want to teach other stuff, then you need to make sure they’ve got those basics mastered first.

            “I’m too busy teaching what my employer wants me to teach!”
            Oy vey.

            • Amanda Green says:

              Actually, teaching to SOLs wasn’t what I meant. Teaching for students was. There was a time when a teacher could see that a student was bored — or the curriculum was too challenging — and could adapt to help that child as need be. And they could do it without having to wait half a year or more for the school board to say, “sure, do what’s best for the student:” Now, they can’t, at least not down here in TX. Every student in a class gets to learn the same thing and only the same thing, no matter how advanced or how far behind they might be.

              Of course, then there’s teaching to the test which is a whole different issue . . . .

  • Wfjag says:

    Can I imagine the howls of outrage had a conservative “misrepresented” ObamaCare? No.

    Rather, I remember the bowls of outrage when conservatives accurately described ObsmaCare’s provisions. You didn’t get to keep your insurance Plan, or your Doctor, or not have to pay for many mandatory coverages you didn’t want or couldn’t use. But, anyone who said that was personally vilified.

  • Johnny says:

    “What it does, however, is place a $250 cap on the deduction. ”

    One slight correction. Per the following article dated June 2017:

    https://www.thebalance.com/educator-expenses-tax-deduction-3192990

    The deduction was already capped at $250.
    This new tax bill does not change that one bit, one way or the other.

    • Amanda Green says:

      Thanks, I’ve seen it reported both ways and haven’t had a chance to read the bill yet.

      • Johnny says:

        IMO, some people were hoping this bill would remove that cap or increase it and the initial reaction was to the fact that neither of those happened. Then others like Jenna got involved and screwed up the facts. Again. and Again.
        Very good piece – wonder when the FBI’s going to knock on Rosie’s door. Or perhaps the idea that a has-been like Rosie could even have access to two million dollars is considered so ludicrous that no one could possibly take her seriously…

        • GWB says:

          Would it still be a crime if I pretended to be a Congresscritter, and took her bribes? Or would I be in trouble for fraud?
          Decisions, decisions…….

  • Lynn says:

    Many teachers will also benefit greatly from the increased standard deduction.

    • GWB says:

      Unless they pay no taxes at all, or have so many itemized deductions the increase won’t be felt, everyone should benefit from the increased standard deduction.

      But, hey, what’s $18 a week, right? Hmmm… spread over the school year, that’s… $702. More than they spend on school year supplies, out-of-pocket (by the numbers above).
      Interesting, no?

  • GWB says:

    BTW, a Hollywood success I can report (assuming Hollywood made the movie) is Darkest Hour, about Churchill becoming Prime Minister at the beginning of the 2d World War. You’ll want to stand up and clap during a few parts.

  • MikeyParks says:

    One might think that these Hollywood types were intelligent, if they’d just keep their mouths closed and act.

  • NaughtyPine says:

    You may want to update this post. Jenna Fischer DID remove the tweet, along with one of the most gracious apologies I’ve seen in years.

  • Rdm says:

    Of course,isn’t the increased standard deduction going to likely leave them in the same place tax wise even if the deduction isn’t ‘named’ school supplies?

  • rjschwarz says:

    How many administrators do they have per student? How many did they have back in the 50s? Seems like if you restored that balance you’d free up a lot of funds so teachers wouldn’t have to purchases supplies, you could probably even afford a few more teachers to reduce classroom size.

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