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Fox News airs tribute image falsely implying Ruth Bader Ginsburg death



Fox News accidentally aired a tribute image for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg that falsely implied that she had died.

The graphic aired briefly during a “Fox & Friends” segment on Monday. It showed a photo of Ginsburg with the dates “1933-2019,” in a style similar to what is used when a person dies.

The hosts apologized later in the show, saying it was the result of an error in the control room.

“We need to apologize,” host Steve Doocy said. “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 anything other than ― that was a mistake.

“That was an accident. We believe she is still at home recovering from surgery. Big mistake.”

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Co-host Ainsley Earhardt echoed Doocy’s statement: “We apologize. Big mistake.”

The health of Ginsburg, 85, has been in the news for the past few months. In December, she had two cancerous growths removed from her left lung.

The surgery meant that she missed arguments in the Supreme Court for the first time in more than 25 years.

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during the official Supreme Court group photo in November 2018.
Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Supreme Court announced on January 11 that Ginsburg’s recovery was “on track” and that there was no evidence of remaining disease.

“Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required,” court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg said in a statement.

However, the court has reportedly been drafting a list of potential replacements for Ginsburg.

Ginsburg was also hospitalized in November when she broke three ribs in a fall.

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