'Fox & Friends' mistakenly airs obituary graphic of Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 'We apologise. Big mistake'
Popular morning show 'Fox & Friends' aired two seconds of fake news for its viewers on Monday when producers showed a graphic announcing the death of SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The live broadcast featured an obituary graphic reading, "Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 1933-2019", just as the show resumed after a commercial break, Daily Mail reports.
A Fox News spokesperson described the mishap as "a technical error that emanated from the graphics team", with co-hosts Steve Doocy and Ainsley Earhardt apologizing within moments of the graphic being aired.
"We need to apologize ... A technical error in the control room triggered a graphic of Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a date on it," Doocy said. "She – 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."
"We apologize. Big mistake," Earhardt added.
That said, the progressive firebrand has missed two weeks of Supreme Court oral arguments for the first time in her 25-year career. In November, doctors spotted cancerous growths in her left lung when they X-rayed her chest after she broke three ribs in a fall.
The veteran judge has been resting and working from home ever since undergoing surgery to remove what physicians called "malignant nodules."
Having said that, Supreme Court justices have worked remotely in the past, reading briefs on their own and participating in decision-making via phone or the internet. Meanwhile, it is also not unprecedented for media outlets to pre-write obituaries before the deaths of famous people and having photos and other graphics ready to air.
Ginsburg became a cult figure after she heroically beat pancreatic cancer a decade ago, adopting a workout routine and resuming her demanding SCOTUS schedule within days. It is being alleged that the White House is preparing a contingency plan should she retire or succumb to her latest cancer scare. However, President Donald Trump has publicly wished her a "speedy recovery."
The commander-in-chief is looking to further the conservative agenda after appointing two justices of his choice to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. If a third conservative judge is appointed, the SCOTUS will undoubtedly lean to right-of-center.
Impeachment in Congress is the only way Supreme Court justices can be removed from office, as they are slated to serve for life. Until now, only one SCOTUS justice has been impeached, namely Samuel Chase, in the year 1805. While the House of Representative voted to impeach him for letting his political biases affect his rulings, the Senate acquitted him on all charges at the time.