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NPR apologizes to Abigael Evans, the 'Bronco Bama' girl

November 01, 2012|By Patrick Kevin Day

Abigael Evans, the 4-year-old Colorado girl who was driven to tears by the seemingly neverending presidential campaign coverage, has received a very rare thing in our modern media age: a formal apology from NPR for making her cry.

Abigael became a minor Internet star earlier this week when her mother, Elizabeth, posted a video online of the girl when she became upset after hearing a little too much of "Bronco Bama and Mitt Romney" on the radio.

"It'll be over soon, Abby," her mother is heard saying on the video. "The election will be over soon."

On Wednesday, NPR correspondent Mark Memmott wrote on the organization's website, "On behalf of NPR and all other news outlets, we apologize to Abigael and all the many others who probably feel like her. We must confess, the campaign's gone on long enough for us, too. Let's just keep telling ourselves: 'Only a few more days, only a few more days, only a few more days.'"

NPR also sent the girl an NPR politics pin, which, according to a reporter from NPR station KUNC, seems to have cheered the girl up tremendously.

As of Thursday, the video had been viewed more than 1.5 million times on YouTube.

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