NPR apologized on Wednesday to 4-year-old Abigael Evans, after learning that one of their reports on the 2012 election drove little Abigael to tears.
As Digital Journal reported Wednesday, Elizabeth Evans and her mother had been listening to NPR on a car ride from the grocery store when the four-year-old had heard "one too many mentions of the election."
"I'm tired of 'Bronco Bamma' and Mitt Romney," Abigael sobbed.
"It'll be over soon," her mother soothed.
By Wednesday afternoon, it was apparent that Abigael wasn't alone. "We are all Abigael Evans," Time magazine declared. Mother Jones called her the "soul of a nation."
NPR even apologized to Abigael, 9NEWS reported.
On behalf of NPR and all other news outlets, NPR wrote in a blog post:
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."
In an interview with KUNC radio reporter Grace Hood, Elizabeth Evans thinks her daughter's political ennui is more about the media than the election itself, UPI writes. "We're being drowned in political muck that's neither here nor there," she says.
The Atlantic Wire's Elspeth Reeve, however, thinks the video, which has since gone viral, racking up over 1,258,254 views on YouTube shows something else.
We'll cut a toddler some slack. But what else should we do, grownups who take their cues from babies? Pick our governments by killing each other in the streets? A bunch of negative ads supporting your local broadcasting economy seems like a quite pleasant alternative to the French Revolution.