We’re not sure how this “accident” happened but during Monday’s segment on Fox & Friends, a graphic was displayed falsely announcing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death with the dates “1933-2019.” The hosts of the right-wing show apologized for displaying the graphic of the 85-year-old Justice that suggested that she is dead, blaming a control room error, according to The Hill.
“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 segment. “We don’t want to make it seem anything other than that was a mistake. That was an accident.”
“We apologize, big mistake,” co-host Ainsley Earhardt said.
Fox News just slipped in Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s obituary segment opener pic.twitter.com/PfN6ICltYb
— Chip Douglas (@AreaMan_) January 21, 2019
Ginsburg has been working from home while she recovers from surgery to remove cancerous nodules from her lung. While it’s a normal practice to have pre-written graphics and obituaries prepared in advance for famous people, this “accident” came at a bad time as conservatives have been chomping at the bit to add another conservative Justice to the Supreme Court.
A Fox News spokesperson told Mediaite: “This was a technical error that emanated from the graphics team.”
Fox & Friends is Donald Trump’s go-to source for news as he spends a lot of his time looking for positive coverage of his presidency. We’re only surprised that Trump did not tweet about Ginsburg’s death following the graphic being displayed on the network.
Last year, in tribute to Aretha Franklin, Fox News featured an image of Patti LaBelle instead.
Umm, is that Patti LaBelle in the corner? pic.twitter.com/PmUPpgc0zb
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) August 16, 2018
Yep here’s video pic.twitter.com/IIkMDuKB7e
— Zachary Pleat (@zpleat) August 16, 2018
Whoever released that graphic on-the-air should be fired but it appears that ‘accidents’ such as the one today, aren’t out of the ordinary for the network.
Featured image via SCOTUS/Oyez (Public Domain)