Earlier this morning Fox & Friends Briefly aired a graphic that incorrectly suggested Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was already dead.
Ginsberg’s health has become topic of discussion but the latest reports do not in any way suggest she is dead.
Th Graphic was aired returning from a commercial break with the dates “1933-2019,” before a teaser of co-host Ainsley Earhardt’s upcoming interview about college culture appeared.
Fox News just slipped in Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s obituary segment opener pic.twitter.com/PfN6ICltYb
— Chip Douglas (@AreaMan_) January 21, 2019
Show hosts were quick to apologize:
“We need to apologize,” Doocy said afterward in a moment reported by The Hill and Mediaite, among others. “A technical error in the control room triggered a graphic of RBG with a date on it. We don’t want to make it seem anything other than that was a mistake. That was an accident.”
“We apologize, big mistake,” Earhardt added.
“This was a technical error that emanated from the graphics team,” Fox said in a follow-up statement to The Hill.
As reported by The Daily Wire, doctors have given Ginsburg a clean bill of health, but she’s chosen to take some time to recover before returning to the court. While she has remained home during the recovery, the justice is continuing to review cases, reading transcripts of oral arguments and analyzing court documents.
Many are however speculating as to Ginsberg’s condition as this sort of arrangement is unprecedented.
But it raises questions. Has anyone seen her? Has she showed up for work ?
— DeeG ❌ (@deegrose) January 21, 2019
Ginsburg’s staff has offered reassurance of her current health; “Her recovery from surgery is on track,” Ginsburg’s spokeswoman told the press last week. “Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required.”
According to Politico, the Trump administration is reviewing a short-list of candidates just in case RBG doesn’t recover.
The White House is reaching out to political allies and conservative activist groups to prepare for an ailing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s possible death or departure from the Supreme Court — an event that would trigger the second bitter confirmation battle of President Donald Trump’s tenure.
The outreach began after Ginsburg, 85, on Monday missed oral arguments at the court for the first time in her 25 years on the bench. The justice, who was nominated to the court by President Bill Clinton in 1993, announced in late December that she underwent a surgical procedure to remove two cancerous growths from her lungs.