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State & National News

July 13, 2013

NBC apologizes for eliminating New Hampshire in news map

Saturday, July 13, 2013 — NBC News has apologized to New Hampshire for misidentifyhing it as Vermont on a map showing the location of  the Canadian freight train disaster.

The train explosion occurred in the town of Lac-Megantic only a few miles from the northeast corner of New Hampshire and the northwest edge of Maine.

The errant map spread New York over Vermont and moved Vermont to New Hampshire, eliminating the Granite State.

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.”

Williams treated viewers to a replay of the wrong map.

“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 (presidential) primary.” He also noted  the state's all-female elected congressional delegation. And, he added, "while they are all serious people, New Hampshire has also given us Seth Myers and Sarah Silverman.”

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

Gov. Maggie Hassan tweeted her acceptance of the apology:  “We forgive you ... this time. Don’t let it happen again @bwilliams!”

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte. R-N.H., brought the geographic error to NBC's attention. She and her Senate colleague, Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, both tweeted appreciation for the correction and the good words about New Hampshire.

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