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Fox News apologizes for graphic suggesting the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 1/21/2019 Katelyn Caralle
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Fox News apologized Monday morning after accidentally displaying a screen that appeared to be a prepared graphic for the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“We need to apologize,” "Fox & Friends" host Steve Doocy said. “At the beginning of [co-host Ainsley Earhardt]'s interview with the professor, a technical error in the control room triggered a graphic of Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a date on it. That was a mistake, that was an accident. We believe she is still at home recovering from surgery.”

The "in memoriam" graphic flashed right after a commercial break, and read: “Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 1933-2019.”

Ginsburg underwent surgery last month to remove two malignant nodules found in her left lung.

At the time immediately following the surgery, Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said that the 85-year-old Justice is “resting comfortably.”

The nodules were first discovered after Ginsburg fell and fractured three ribs in November.

Ginsburg is the oldest sitting Supreme Court Justice, and has had her fair share of medical issues. She survived pancreatic cancer about a decade ago, which has a very low survival rate.

President Trump has already appointed two Justices to the Supreme court within his first two years in office with the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement.


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