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Diane Sawyer Drunk? Anchor’s Slurring Gets Mocked On Twitter [Video]

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Did you watch the election coverage last night? Did you notice Diane Sawyer slurring? Many people accused the legendary TV anchor of being drunk last night while covering the election while others insist that Sawyer was just exhausted.

The TV anchor had good reason to be exhausted. Election coverage went well into the morning before President Obama finally took the stage to give his speech after winning the election.

A senior TV source told the Daily Mail:

“Diane’s fine, she’s exhausted … Diane’s been up for days and she’s had many sleepless nights. She was covering the hurricane and then preparing for the election broadcast. If you knew Diane you’d realize she’s one of the hardest working people on television. She likes to cram things in, she likes to have every fact at her finger tips…and I think that came at the expense of the broadcast.”

New York Times reporter Brian Stelter wrote on Twitter:

“Diane Sawyer’s name is trending. Many people saying she seems drunk on air. Alternative theory: she gets this way when she’s really tired.”

Sawyer probably wasn’t drunk during last night’s broadcast, but her exhaustion did hurt last night’s show. Sawyer continually slurred her speech and talked while leaning heavily on her arms.

Did you watch the election coverage last night? Do you think Diane Sawyer was drunk?

Here’s a video of Diane Sawyer slurring her speech last night.

What do you think? Was Diane Sawyer’s slurring distracting during last night’s election coverage?

This isn’t the first time that Diane Sawyer has been accused of being drunk during an important broadcast. The legendary anchor was also caught slurring her words after Obama’s inauguration in 2009.

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33 Responses to “Diane Sawyer Drunk? Anchor’s Slurring Gets Mocked On Twitter [Video]”

  1. Theresa Carey- Ryan

    I have to say that in my 40s I noticed of myself that when I am way over tired and have run all day and been overly busy. Ive been told I become incohearant. My speech gets slurred and I cant focus and get my thoughts out clearly. Apparenly its not ok to be overly tired and try to do live reports. Someone should have told her then though and knowing how she is she would have addressed it in a 30 second comment on air instead of the " rumors" of why it happened.

  2. Kathy Feddema

    Could you do what she does at her age? It must be exhausting! Give the woman a break.

  3. Arthur Baisley

    The twitter posts are getting more hurtful every day. Who the hell knows her mental state and who has the right to an opinion if they don't.

  4. Luis R Vazquez

    A conservative anchor slurrs, he is drunk of under some drug. A liberal slurrs, she is tired and exausted, even after half a bottle of wiskey.

  5. Michele Wagner

    I think she looks tired and probably is tired! everybody needs a story! why not her? shame on you people that are suggesting that she is drunk or even on drugs ,,,, give her the benefit of the doubt and move on!

  6. Ann E EStee

    FYI anyone with one ounce has to realize that this recession started with BUSH and his war on WMD. Cheney made MILLIONS because of that war. No wonder Cheney daughter is a lesbian. If he had had a son that son never would have gone into the service. Cheney is another money grubbing POS BUSH created the DEBIT.

  7. Luis R Vazquez

    Shem on those who think that a LIBERAL CANNOT WRONG.
    If I was driving and stopped by policeman for zigzaging on the road and then he noticed slurring in my speech, I would be subject to take a test, or I would be taken to jail.

  8. Phil St Pierre

    At first I thought it was the TV but DIANE SAWYER'S head movement delivering the nightly 6:00 PM news is weird and detracts from her delivery. Every word she says creates a move to the right or left, up or down, nod or frown, sigh, shake and even the long pause gets a movement.The pause means somethings stuck in her throat I guess. Some words get the double or triple move in all directions, in case you missed the first one. Or while making a positive statement , her head moves in a negative mode, left-to-right. Even the Sign Off gets the left-right-up-down and the sad look. Reviewing comments I was amazed that no one else picks it up. Me…. I switched to FOX news…CLEAR AND BALANCED HEADS!

  9. Kathy St Pierre Shaddock

    You are not alone in that… many comments similar…

  10. Mike Powers

    Just because Diane talked like she did last night doesn't make it right saying she was drunk or high on drugs. Conan O'Brien, Dave Letterman, and Stephen Cobert make people laugh, but that doesn't make them a comedian…WHICH BY THE WAY, THEY AREN'T!

  11. Anonymous

    Perhaps a little fact-finding might be appropriate before judging someone?

  12. Nandan Choksi

    Someone should have told her? You mean this was her first appearance on TV? She was so young and inexperienced that she did not know what she was doing?

  13. Theresa Carey- Ryan

    Don't know which is more depressing- her having issues or the lot of US losers debating it………….there fore I retract my comments. Have a good one.

  14. Kim Sunderlage

    She's 66 — ancient! But that job would tax anyone's energy, especially on all-nighters such as a presidential election.

  15. Kim Sunderlage

    I can't wait for Saturday Night Live! Beginning this Saturday, Nov. 10, three new shows will air over the next three weeks. Gee, do ya think they planned it that way?

  16. Kim Sunderlage

    "… Cheney made MILLIONS because of that war. No wonder Cheney [sic] daughter is a lesbian. If he had had a son that son never would have gone into the service." Huh? Are you trying to say Cheney's daughter is a lesbian because her father made millions off a war? Or that she's a lesbian because a Cheney son would never have gone into the service. Either way, your comment makes no sense. Did you inadvertently leave out a sentence or two that would put a logical theory into it? Perhaps the most glaring error though, is that you mean DEFICIT, not DEBIT. But, I would really like to know what you're trying to say … it might be interesting.

  17. Kim Sunderlage

    At first her movements and speech reminded me of Michael J. Fox when he is off his meds for Multiple Sclerosis. Then I realized this woman is extremely fatigued, which also happens to be a symptom of MS. That current Lifeline ad with Dr. Joyce Brothers also makes me squirm. Many of her movements are also those used by people with conditions such as MS to "trick" the brain into maintaining some control over their body and to prevent a prolonged period of severe trembling.

  18. Anonymous

    Phil, if you actually think Fox news is clear and balanced you must be drunk

  19. Anonymous

    Luis R Vazquez, you should be ashamed for turning this into an opportunity to make a political cheap shot.

  20. Beverly Owen

    I have a great deal of respect for her and thought immediately when I just saw her that she looked too tired. My heart goes out to her because at her age, she is doing a fabulous job! Our bodies get tired all too soon after age 50! She is tremendous on the job!

  21. Kelli Arrington-Trice

    The bottom line is. Did she get her job done? If many people would stop being so critical of others. And maybe, just maybe…she could have been having a mini stroke or something? I mean maybe. Stop judging.

  22. Phil St Pierre

    To NATUREBOY: you never mentioned the meat of this piece " head movement" but liberals are always deprived of a good education. Try reading 101 and stop hiding behind naturekids4 and put a real name on the table so we'll all know what a nutcase you are…and a drink with Sawyer will do you good….

  23. Bill Snyder

    Kim Sunderlage, I suppose you can back up your scientific observations with some expertise?
    I suppose you think Anne Romney"s MS has something to do with the Progressive MS that cripples people.

  24. Brian Teller

    Slurring speech can be a sign of a small stroke. Much more likely scenario than her drinking before live tv.

  25. Michael Theodore

    kind of like all the ads obama had, romney caused cancer death, romney is a crook, romney did this at bain, but wasn't even there. amazing how facts should get checked when it goes against a liberal, but eh, who cares if it is a conservative.

  26. Michael Theodore

    Um, housing bubbel started balloning with clinton, and went on while bush was in office because the liberals that were in charge made it happen, know what you are talking about before you talk. Barney Frank and Dodd should be in jail, they started the mess and made billions and then were the ones that came up with a bill to regulate it after the fact, that is like a murderer being able to say what punishment he deserves and getting it. what a joke

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