NEW YORK – Diane Sawyer’s Election Night performance left some viewers asking whether she had begun celebrating Tuesday’s election a bit early.
Sawyer spoke more slowly than usual while seeming to prop herself on outstretched arms at the anchor desk. OK, she said at one point around 10 p.m., 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, stumbling on the president’s name.
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.
Some tweeters joked that a more fun-loving Sawyer was a ploy by ABC to boost viewership.