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‘Drunk’ anchor mocked

Nov. 7: Legendary US news anchor Diane Sawyer became a trending topic on Twitter during last night’s election after viewers wondered if she had begun celebrating the end of the campaign a bit early.

Co-anchoring ABC News’s network coverage, the veteran journalist deviated from her usual straight, experienced style of delivery.

Instead, Sawyer spoke more slowly than usual while seeming to prop herself on outstretched arms at the anchor desk she shared with George Stephanopoulos.

“OK,” she said at one point around 10pm EST, “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 on, stumbling over the President’s name.

Her name was soon trending with unflattering and jeering posts, while a new Twitter handle, Drunk Diane Sawyer, collected hundreds of followers. One user likened her performance to an episode of HBO’s drama The Newsroom, where Will McAvoy, the fictitious anchorman, had eaten a couple of pot brownies before unexpectedly being summoned to his anchor desk to report a news story.

Some tweeters joked that a more fun-loving Sawyer was a ploy by ABC to boost viewership. Several Twitter followers said they were drawn to the network by word that Sawyer was behaving, by one description, “a bit wacky”.

“Bad night for Romney,” one tweeter summed up. “Worse night for Diane Sawyer?” An ABC spokesman did not comment.


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