Anyone watching ABC News’ coverage of the election couldn’t help but notice Diane Sawyer was acting, uh, a bit erratically and a lot like an intoxicated person. When you’re anchoring a national broadcast chronicling such an important event, it’s probably not the best idea to be sauced.
Her antics were so noticeable that the Associated Press, the purveyor of only the most important news, devoted an article to them.
Sawyer spoke more slowly than usual while seeming to prop herself on outstretched arms at the anchor desk she shared with George Stephanopoulos.
"OK," she said at one point around 10 p.m. EST, "I wanna — can we have our music, because this is another big one here? Minnesota, we're ready to project Minnesota, rrright now. ... Well, tonight we know that President Barack has won Minnesota," she rambled on, stumbling over the president's name.
Maybe Sawyer was just weary from the recent torrent of news.
In any case, the Twitterverse took quick notice and began cracking wise.
Her name was soon trending with unflattering posts, while a new Twitter handle, Drunk Diane Sawyer, collected hundreds of followers. An ABC spokesman did not comment.
"A bit tipsy," ''hammered" or "on pain killers, muscle relaxers, benzos or some combination" were among the jeering explanations. Another likened it to an episode of HBO's drama "The Newsroom," where Will McAvoy, the fictitious anchorman, had eaten a couple of pot brownies before unexpectedly being summoned to his anchor desk to report a news story.
Gawker put together a highlight reel of her most bizarre moments for anyone who missed them live. I highly recommend checking it out while you wait for an explanation from the network.