Was Diane Sawyer drunk during ABC’s 2012 election night coverage on Tuesday? Some viewers who later took to Twitter to dish about it think the answer is a big, fat yes. Legendary singer Josh Groban even tweeted, “I’ll have what Diane Sawyer’s having!”
The Diane Sawyer video above may provide some fuel for their fire and even seem to back up their claims.
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Still, let’s look at this diplomatically. Diane Sawyer is a Peabody Award-winning journalist (2009) and political correspondent who has interviewed the likes of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, troubled filmmaker Roman Polanski, and singers such as Rihanna, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Whitney Houston and Britney Spears. Sawyer got her start in politics by working first as a White House press aide from 1970-1974, then for the Nixon administration starting in 1974 and has been a fixture on news magazine shows for roughly 20 years.
So, we’re going to need some things cleared up if we’re to wrap our collective mind around this one. Bear with us, because there are a few questions we’d really like answered. Firstly, who in their right mind would let this accomplished, well-respected woman out of her cage and onto live television during one of the biggest television nights of the decade if she really was, as Snooki calls it, “wasty-pants”?
For as loose and liberated as Ms. Sawyer appeared on-air, was there truly no indication something was wrong a moment before the producer pointed and mouthed, “You’re on”? And though we make no claims or judgments on the matter because for all we know, Sawyer was simply so tired she was “punch-drunk” or possibly on medication, if we indeed saw Diane Sawyer drunk during her 2012 election night coverage, what does that mean for Sawyer going forward?
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ABC touts itself as a family company; Disney owns it, for crying out loud. If anyone in corporate is paying attention to the talk on Twitter Wed. morning, it may be a bad time ahead for Sawyer. One Twitter user @someecards linked to the alleged “video evidence” of Diane Sawyer drunk with the comment, “Evidence Diane Sawyer may have been even drunker than you last night.”
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You can check out old test footage of Diane Sawyer apparently sipping wine and popping pills just before a broadcast years ago in video here above. Could she have done the same thing to take the edge off of 2012 election coverage?
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