OANN Reporter Hired By FDA Was Fired After 11 Days After Agency's Plasma Fiasco
The Food and Drug Administration ousted its top spokesperson after just 11 days into the job, according to The Hill.
- Emily Miller, a former reporter for right-wing One America News Network, was removed as the FDA seeks to do damage control “over the agency's decision to issue an emergency use authorization for convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19 patients.”
- The outlet noted that “Miller was appointed to her position by the White House, but was fired by FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn.”
- As the agency’s chief spokesperson, Miller “ was a key player in the FDA's announcement that it was authorizing the use of convalescent plasma — a decision that “almost immediately came under fire and raised questions about the FDA's ability to withstand political pressure from the White House,” The Hill noted.
During a press conference announcing the decision, Hahn greatly exaggerated the benefit of the therapy by saying a study found it resulted in a 35 percent improvement in survival.
Miller defended Hahn's misstatement, even after he apologized.
- The New York Times reported that Hahn, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, and President Trump himself all mentioned the misleading statistic in their remarks. Despite FDA efforts to correct the record, Trump overstated the benefits of the treatment again in his Thursday speech at the Republican National Convention.
- According to The Hill, “Miller's name is no longer listed on the agency's official Twitter account but is still listed online.”