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Fox News apologizes after showing graphic suggesting Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died

A graphic briefly aired Monday on “Fox & Friends” on Fox News, shown in a video screengrab by Mediaite, suggested Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died. The hosts apologized and blamed a control room error.
A graphic briefly aired Monday on “Fox & Friends” on Fox News, shown in a video screengrab by Mediaite, suggested Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died. The hosts apologized and blamed a control room error. Screen grab from Mediaite video

Hosts of a Fox News show on Monday apologized for a graphic briefly shown on screen that suggested Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died, Mediaite reported.

The graphic showed a photo of Ginsburg, now recovering from surgery for lung cancer, with the dates 1933 — the year of her birth — and 2019. It aired briefly after a commercial break.

“We need to apologize,” host Steve Doocy said, The Washington Examiner reported. “That was a mistake, that was an accident. We believe she is still at home recovering from surgery.”

“This was a technical error that emanated from the graphics team.” a Fox News spokesperson wrote in an email.

Ginsburg, 85, missed oral arguments last week for the first time since her appointment to the court in 1993 as she recovers from a pulmonary lobectomy in December, The Huffington Post reported.

The Supreme Court announced Jan. 11 that Ginsburg’s recovery is “on track” and that no remaining cancer has been found, The Washington Post reported.

The story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights and what she had to overcome in order to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

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