Fox News accidentally aired a tribute image of Ruth Bader Ginsburg that made it look as if she'd died

Fox NewsFox News broadcast a graphic that seemed to falsely imply the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The network has apologised.
  • Fox News accidentally aired a graphic of Ruth Bader Ginsburg that seemed to imply she was dead.
  • An image of the 85-year-old Supreme Court justice with the dates “1933-2019” was aired during Monday’s episode of “Fox & Friends.”
  • The show’s hosts apologised, saying it was a control-room error.
  • Ginsburg’s health has been in the news after she had cancerous growths removed from her lungs in December, though the court says there are no more signs of the disease.

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’s used onscreen after a person dies.

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

“We need to apologise,” 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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Cohost Ainsley Earhardt echoed Doocy’s statement: “We apologise. Big mistake.”

The health of Ginsburg, who is 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.

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

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.

But 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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