We have witnessed many blunders committed on live T.V, but this one might make it to the list of the most bizarre ones.
On the morning of 21st January, during their regular program of Fox and Friends, a graphic was aired which implied the death of the well-famed Supreme Court Judge, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who actually is very much alive.
The graphic that appeared during the show, displayed a picture of the judge with dates 1933-2020, insinuating that she has passed away.
The reason why this blunder caused a lot of outrage among people was that the judge recently went through surgery in December for the removal of two malignant tumors in her lungs, and is currently on medical leaves.
Apology by the news channel
Upon realization of this gaffe, the co-hosts of the show, Steve Doocy and Ainsley Earhardt addressed the issue. Doocy clarified the situation by telling the viewer’s how a technical error by the graphics team in the control room led to the display of the graphic with a date on it. Doccy also apologized for the accident, followed by an apology from Earhardt as well.
Another spokesperson for Fox News confirmed that it was indeed an error by the graphics team.
Health conditions of the judge
Supreme Court’s Justice had a regretful incident during November of last year when she broke three of her ribs due to a fall. While she was being treated for those fractures, two malignant growths were found in her lungs. She went through surgery for the removal of those tumors in December, and is currently at home, undergoing recovery.
It was due to this reason that she missed an oral argument in court for the first time in her 25 years on the bench.
The early life of the Supreme Court Justice has been recently put into a documentary, named “On the Basis Of Sex.” This biopic on the judge portrays the trials and tribulations in the life of Ginsburg as a young lawyer, and how she paved her path to becoming the second woman to be appointed to the United States’ Supreme Court.
On one of her recent press tours for her film, she made it very clear, that even at this age, she has no intentions of stepping down any time soon, and will do her job as long as she can do it with full might.
The topic of Ginsburg’s health has been closely monitored by parties on both the left and right. Her supporters on the left in particular have been increasingly concerned due to reports indicating that the White House is anticipating her departure or death.
Now that her health is in better shape, her departure also seems unlikely. This past summer, she shared that she will most probably stick around the Supreme Court for at least another 5 years, which is a sign of hope for her supporters.