Fired top Tennessee vaccine official reportedly faked dog muzzle incident

Remember the people who faked hate crimes for media attention? That same game is now apparently being played by the hardcore pro-vaccination crowd, as was evidenced recently in Tennessee.

According to The Federalist, Michelle Fiscus, Tennessee’s former top vaccine official who was fired from her job, claimed that one of her critics sent her a dog muzzle to make a point, which generated headlines at the time. Unsurprisingly, it turns out that Fiscus might have had the muzzle sent to herself. 

Fiscus, who was fired earlier this year over “how she handled a letter about vaccination rights of minors,” as NPR reported, went on to do multiple interviews with COVID-19 vaccine-friendly media outlets like CNN, in which she described receiving the muzzle in the mail and how it was clearly an attempt at intimidation.

Bolstering her story, her husband, Brad, said, “Someone wanted to send a message to tell her to stop talking, they thought it would be a threat to her.”

However, thanks to an investigation conducted by Tennessee’s Department of Safety & Homeland Security, it turns out that the muzzle that was sent via Amazon was purchased with a credit card bearing Fiscus’ name. Imagine that?

“[T]he results of this investigation that purchases from both Amazon accounts were charged to the same American Express credit card in the name of Dr. Michelle D. Fiscus,” the agency’s report read, according to Axios.

Now that she’s been caught red-handed, Fiscus is playing the predictable “I was hacked” game, claiming that a second Amazon account was established her name using a throw-away phone number.

“We have now learned that a second Amazon account had been established under my name using what appears to be a temporary phone, possibly in Washington state,” Fiscus said.

Before she digs an even deeper hole for herself, perhaps Fiscus should consult with Jussie Smollett on the pros and cons of faking crimes against one’s self.