This is the sort of mistake that will get someone fired…probably immediately.
As Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg continues to recover from a recent, surprise bout with cancer, there are several concerns on the bench as to when, or, unfortunately if, the longstanding adjudicator will make it back to the bench. (Sure, we don’t always agree with Ginsburg, but we would never wish harm upon her, or any Justice for that matter).
Some are secretly preparing for the worst, of course, given the fact that no one has yet to make it out of this life alive. Ginsburg likely won’t be the first to harness immortality, but it’s just not a subject that the nation should be broaching with any sort of gusto.
So why has the Fox News graphics department already begun preparing chyrons and images for such an event?
Fox News just slipped in Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s obituary segment opener pic.twitter.com/PfN6ICltYb
— Chip Douglas (@AreaMan_) January 21, 2019
The network was quick to respond.
“We need to apologize … A technical error in the control room triggered a graphic of RBG with a date on it,” co-host Steve Doocy said later in the show. “We don’t want to make it seem anything other than that was a mistake. That was an accident.”
“We apologize, big mistake,” added Earhardt.
More disturbing, however, was that the graphic was even created in the first place.
Sure, there’s probably a group of low-level graphic designers at Fox News who are tasked with coming up with these images just in case, but let’s be honest: These things don’t take too long to create, especially for the professionals under employ at one of the largest news networks in the world.
That means that these guys created an image alluding to Ginsburg’s demise in order to beat the competition in reporting on it. There’s no doubt that CNN is doing the same sort of predictive work, and that make the mainstream media’s malfeasance that much more palpable.
You see, in their never-ending quest for ratings, the media will obsess over even the death of American political figures, just so long as it gives them an edge.
If Ginsburg is not dead, (which is the case, last we checked), then this is speculative sensationalism at the core of the brand’s hierarchy. It teaches the newsroom to speculate on the daily…which is not the sort fo characteristic you want to have in a “fact-based” organization.
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