As Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg continues to recover at home from a recent lung surgery to have cancerous nodules removed, it would appear that someone in the Fox News graphics department got a little overzealous. In a segment opener during Monday morning’s Fox and Friends, an apparent obituary graphic briefly flashed across the screen declaring “Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 1933 – 2019.”
Not that it matters, but Ms. Ginsburg’s surgery was announced to be a success in that there was no remaining evidence of cancer, and she is expected to return to the bench soon.
Hosts Steve Doocy and Ainsley Earhardt apologized for the error in a later segment, blaming the incident on technical difficulties according to TV Line.
“A technical error in the control room triggered a graphic of Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a date on it. We don’t want to make it seem like anything other than that was a mistake, that was an accident,” Doocy said. “We believe she is still at home recovering from surgery. Big mistake in the control room.”
“We apologize,” Earhardt echoed. “Big mistake, yes.”
It’s common for media outlets to have graphics and obituaries planned for high profile figures, especially those getting up there in age. But even taking that into consideration and apology notwithstanding — it goes without saying that people were more than a little perturbed by the network seemingly getting ahead of itself to shuffle Ginsburg off the mortal coil.
If it wasn’t already evident, people take the 85-year-old’s health very seriously. Last year when Ginsberg was hospitalized after falling and breaking three ribs, the internet banded together to try to keep her safe. But it’s clearly going to take a lot more than fractures, a cancer scare, and misleading graphics to take the old gal down.
A FOX News Channel spokesperson told Uproxx: “This was a technical error that emanated from the graphics team.”