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July 11, 2013

N.H. residents react to state being erased from map

NBC has apologized for leaving New Hampshire off a map displayed on air this week.

Anchor Brian Williams delivered the apology during the Nightly News broadcast Wednesday.

“Mea culpa and full disclosure: New Hampshire was lost by our graphics department,” Williams said. “It has since been found and put back.”

NBC showed the map during a report on the Quebec train explosion.

Williams treated viewers to a replay during the apology.

“You’ll see what a few of our sharp-eyed viewers saw, including at least one U.S. senator: New Hampshire’s gone, vanished,” Williams said. “It apparently moved to Vermont and then New York took over a bunch of territory. Nobody knew it.”

Williams then paid tribute to “great things” about New Hampshire.

“It’s got the best motto, ‘Live Free or Die,’” Williams said. “And it is home of the first-in-the-nation primary.”

The state has an all-female elected Congressional delegation, too, he said.

“And while they are all serious people, New Hampshire has also given us Seth Myers and Sarah Silverman,” Williams said.

He went on to say paper towels were invented in New Hampshire and the inventor of Tupperware was from the state.

Gov. Maggie Hassan accepted the apology via her Twitter account.

“We forgive you ... this time. Don’t let it happen again @bwilliams!” Hassan tweeted.

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte thanked NBC via Twitter for the apology and for putting the spotlight on New Hampshire. She was the senator who contacted the network about the big mistake.

“She just pointed out the error,” spokesman Liz Johnson said.

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen tweeted acceptance of the apology, too.

“We all make mistakes,” she said.

People on the streets of New Hampshire rolled eyes, shook heads, laughed and tsked-tsked over NBC’s error.

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