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What Was Up With Diane Sawyer During Tuesday's Election Coverage?

Date November 07, 2012

Diane Sawyer

Was Diane Sawyer just tired during her marathon election coverage for ABC Tuesday night... or something else?

"Diane Sawyer's name is trending. Many people saying she seems drunk on air," New York Times reporter Brian Stelter, who was in the ABC control room at the time, tweeted.  "Alternative theory: She gets this way when she's really tired."

Judge for yourself. As seen in the mash-up from coverage below, Sawyer was often hunched-over, extremely smiley, spoke in run-on sentences and even called co-anchor Josh Elliot by the wrong name.

Although neither ABC nor Sawyer would comment directly on the speculation, Sawyer tweeted, "Read your tweets the good, bad, and the funny. See you on @ABCWorldNews."

Interestingly, this isn't the first time that the seasoned anchor has been called out for appearing intoxicated on the air. The night after the president's inauguration in 2009, Sawyer also slurred her words and was overly (even deliriously) happy:

What did you think about her behavior?

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