New FDA spokesperson Emily Miller is a pro-Trump sycophant who spreads COVID-19 misinformation - 2020-08-26
Emily Miller, who used to work for the pro-Trump propaganda outlet One America News, became the spokesperson for the Food and Drug Administration in August, taking over a position "typically filled by nonpolitical civil servants." Miller, who recently appeared on Sean Spicer's Newsmax show identified as a "political strategist," does not fit this description. She pushed COVID-19 misinformation and conspiracy theories on Facebook and Twitter prior to taking over her new role, and she is a committed pro-Trump sycophant.
Miller's hiring strikes another blow to the credibility of the FDA under President Donald Trump. The Trump White House has used political pressure on the FDA to deliver regulatory guidance that can be spun positively for the administration; this has eroded public trust at a time when agencies like the FDA need massive public cooperation to combat the pandemic. Rocked by recent scandals and high-level resignations from the agency, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn was recently forced to apologize after he "grossly mischaracterized" data measuring the effectiveness of convalescent plasma administered to patients who are ill with the virus.
In sum, Emily Miller is the dishonest partisan hack that you would hire if your intent was to spin and lie about FDA decisions.