Fox & Friends aired an image Monday morning that mistakenly reported that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dead.
When the show came back from a commercial break, an image of the 85-year-old justice was onscreen with the dates “1933 – 2019” which is a known meaning of the announcement of a death.
Fox News just slipped in Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s obituary segment opener pic.twitter.com/PfN6ICltYb
— Chip Douglas (@AreaMan_) January 21, 2019
“We need to apologize … A technical error in the control room triggered a graphic of RBG with a date on it,” co-host Steve Doocy said later in the show. “We don’t want to make it seem anything other than that was a mistake. That was an accident.”
“We apologize, big mistake,” added Earhardt.
It’s known that many news networks and print media have obituaries already prepared for well-known people whose death would make breaking news. Most of them don’t accidentally air them in public. Fox needs to send the justice a large and beautiful bouquet of flowers and some candy with a nice apology note.
Those from the Left who are selectively outraged at the moment should just imagine how they would feel if CNN or MSNBC had made the honest mistake and just move on.
Ginsburg is currently recuperating from a December 21 surgery to remove cancerous growths from her left lung.
The malignant nodules were discovered while receiving treatment for a November 7 fall in her chambers. Ginsburg, the liberal face of the Court, missed oral arguments for three consecutive days earlier this month, participating in cases using transcripts — a first in her 25-year tenure. Ginsburg also missed oral arguments last week.
In recent days, she pulled out of two upcoming speaking engagements. Appearances at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles and a February 6 event featuring private equity titan and philanthropist David Rubenstein in New York City were canceled.
Appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, Ginsburg dismissed calls to step down from the Court during President Barack Obama’s second term, when a confirmation process appeared smoother with a Democrat-controlled Senate.
A story is out there that last year Ginsburg hired interns for at least two more SCOTUS terms, signaling that she’s here to stay.
We wish Justice Ginsburg a speedy recovery.
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