Was Diane Sawyer Totally Drunk Last Night?

Plus: Brian Williams slams Donald Trump

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 7, 2012 8:28 AM CST

(Newser) – If you were watching ABC's election coverage last night, there was probably just one question on your mind: Is Diane Sawyer really drunk, or just tired? Gawker has an amusing video montage that seems to support what many assumed: She was smashed. The video pieces together clips of Sawyer slurring and stumbling over her words, swaying in her seat, vehemently complaining about the lack of music, rambling about the exclamation point in Obama's campaign slogan, and at one point intensely reminding viewers that people have "died—literally died" for the right to vote. All the while, George Stephanopoulos looks on with, at times, apparent frustration at his inability to get a word in.

The Atlantic Wire rounds up some of the better tweets about the situation ("And Diane Sawyer declares tonight's winner is … chardonnay!"), and has yet more video evidence that we've seen Sawyer like this in the past. But its conclusion is that Sawyer simply gets weird when she's tired. Meanwhile, another news anchor also made headlines last night: On NBC, Brian Williams totally "crushed" Donald Trump, Business Insider reports. Williams reluctantly reported on Trump's Twitter feed, noting that Trump had "driven well past the last exit to relevance and veered into something closer to irresponsible" with his angry election-related tweets. Williams then read some of the tweets on air, before ending with, "So, that happened." Click for a third buzzed-about media moment of the night.

This photo released by ABC shows Diane Sawyer, left, and George Stephanopoulos during election night coverage  early Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, from ABC News' Times Square Studios in New York.
This photo released by ABC shows Diane Sawyer, left, and George Stephanopoulos during election night coverage early Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, from ABC News' Times Square Studios in New York.   (AP Photo/ABC, Donna Svennevik)
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