In a moment that "Fox & Friends" co-host Ainsley Earhardt lamented as a "big mistake" during the show on Monday morning, viewers were presented with a graphic that seemed to announce the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, who has had to take a few weeks off after having two malignant nodules in her lungs removed.
In what co-host Steve Doocy described later as a "technical error in the control room," the following graphic of the recovering justice with the dates "1933-2019" flashed on the screen:
"We need to apologize," Doocy said afterward in a moment reported by The Hill and Mediaite, among others. "A technical error in the control room triggered a graphic of RBG 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 apologize, big mistake," Earhardt added.
"This was a technical error that emanated from the graphics team," Fox said in a follow-up statement to The Hill.
As The Daily Wire reported last week, doctors have given Ginsburg a clean bill of health, but she's chosen to take some time to recover before returning to the court. While she has remained home during the recovery, the justice is continuing to review cases, reading transcripts of oral arguments and analyzing court documents.
The justice's staff has made a point of assuring the public that she’s doing well. "Her recovery from surgery is on track," Ginsburg's spokeswoman told the press last week. "Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required."
This is not the first health-related problem the 85-year-old has suffered, as The Daily Wire’s Emily Zanotti noted last week. "Ginsburg has also suffered from a series of health problems including a recent fall, where she sustained broken ribs — an incident which lead to the discovery of cancerous nodes in her lungs."
According to Politico, the Trump administration is quietly reviewing its short-list of candidates just in case RBG doesn't recover as doctors expect she will:
The White House is reaching out to political allies and conservative activist groups to prepare for an ailing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s possible death or departure from the Supreme Court — an event that would trigger the second bitter confirmation battle of President Donald Trump’s tenure.
The outreach began after Ginsburg, 85, on Monday missed oral arguments at the court for the first time in her 25 years on the bench. The justice, who was nominated to the court by President Bill Clinton in 1993, announced in late December that she underwent a surgical procedure to remove two cancerous growths from her lungs.
An unnamed source “familiar” with the conversations told the outlet that the White House is "is taking the temperature on possible short-list candidates, reaching out to key stakeholders, and just making sure that people are informed on the process." The sources added that they are supposedly “doing it very quietly, of course, because the idea is not to be opportunistic, but just to be prepared so we aren't caught flat-footed."