Diane Sawyer, usually the picture of sophistication and erudition, was a wreck during ABC’s election night coverage. Did she overmedicate? She slurred words, misstated election results and was just overall goofy as the night proceeded.
The 66-year-old news anchor’s behavior has become one of the hottest trending topics on Twitter post-election outside of the immature boo-hooing and denial on Fox News, of course. GOP candidate Mitt Romney went down in flames.
Some Internet wags speculated that Sawyer had one too many cocktails while waiting for the returns to come in. But mere alcohol would have worn off as coverage dragged on into the night. No, she was on something stronger, more likely pharmaceutical.
In the wake of her performance, the most innocent explanation was exhaustion, from media watcher Brian Stelter at The New York Times.
Sawyer apparently gets overly giddy when she gets tired. Often celebrities caught in similar situations blame it on cold medicine.
Whatever the case, it was without question the most bizarre media performance of the night full. And, it didn’t pass without notice.
“I’ll have what Diane Sawyer is having,” singer Josh Groban tweeted, according to RadarOnline.com.
One of the funniest quips of the night was Tweeted by the band They Might Be Giants: “And Diane Sawyer declares tonight’s winner is… chardonnay!”
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