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Diane Sawyer Live-Tweets Her Jaycee Dugard Interview

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Diane Sawyer Live-Tweets Her Jaycee Dugard Interview
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ABC World News Anchor Diane Sawyer is new to the Twitterverse – quite new. Her first tweet came on Friday and over the weekend she has amassed 44 tweets. Sawyer didn’t choose to ease into the service, but rather jump right in with a live-tweeting session.

Last night, ABC aired her two-hour interview of Jaycee Dugard, the now 31-year-old woman who was kidnapped when she was just 11-years-old. She was taken near her home in South Lake Tahoe, California in 1991 and held captive by convicted rapist Phillip Garrido and his complicit wife Nancy.

Jaycee was discovered in 2009 after Garrido suspiciously emerged with Jaycee and the two girls that he had fathered with her over the course of her abduction. Authorities became suspicious when the two girls referred to him as “daddy” at the parole hearing, as they were under the impression that he had no children.

After hours of questioning with Jaycee Dugard, who was identified as “Alyssa” by Garrido, the truth came out and Garrido and his wife were arrested. Convicted of kidnapping, false imprisonment and rape, Garrido was sentenced to 431 years in prison and his wife 36 years to life.

The whole ordeal enthralled the nation, and last night Diane Sawyer sat down for the much anticipated special with Dugard.

She announced on Friday in her first tweet that she would be live-tweeting the special –

Firing up my thumbs… Thanks all for the welcome. Looking forward to live tweeting w you during #JayceeABC special. Sun 9-11p/E. 2 days ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

She then kicked off the live-tweeting of the interview, which was taped earlier this weekend, with this tweet –

Big TV night @ABC : almost time for #JayceeABC special. Big night for me: first time live tweeting. Here goes! 12 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Here are some of the 40 or so tweets from Sawyer during the airing of the interview –

This is tough. Book detailed. Important for me that J be comfortable with what she says out loud #JayceeABC 12 hours ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

Mom Terry: Spirited and warm. Eloquent. Fellow Kentucky girl (!) 11 hours ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

Yes, it’s me. How can I prove it? RT @4t9rs: @DianeSawyer West coast here; so it hasn’t come on yet. Is this really you tweeting, Diane? 10 hours ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

A woman did this to another woman’s child. Inconceivable #JayceeABC 11 hours ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

How did this happen? REALLY? #JayceeABC 10 hours ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

Sawyer mostly sent out original tweets, but she also interacted with other Twitter users, answering their tweets throughout the interview. Due to her live-tweeting of the special, Sawyer has grabbed up over 11,000 followers in a matter of days.

The interview relied heavily on information that’s a part of Jaycee Dugard’s new memoir “A Stolen Life.” The book doesn’t hit shelves until Tuesday but has shot up to #1 on Amazon thanks to the Diane Sawyer special last night.

Here’s a clip of the interview –

Diane Sawyer Live-Tweets Her Jaycee Dugard Interview
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  • MILLIE SAPRU

    Diane sawyer was at her best yesterday . what a clasic lady

    • Melody Elliott Koontz

      I thought she was terrible. I thought Jaycee showed was more class.

      • Melody Elliott Koontz

        Way more class is what I meant to say. Diane seemed ignorant about the topic of sexual abuse.

        • ANN

          i didn’t watch the interview, i just could’t have handle it. i will say this after reading some of the comments the person who wrote about jehovah witness’s i’m glad to know that you are right to say it they are a religious organization and thats all.Jaycee has to have trust in our Lord Jesus this is the only way she could have survived and He has a wonderful purpose for her life she was chosen for this trial and she will prevail for His glory when it is truly manifested.stay blessed Jaycee!

  • Rivka

    Once again, in this interview Diane made derogatory comments about Jehovah’s Witnesses. She seems to use any opportunity she can to make this peace loving, low profile group look bad. Neither Dugard’s rapist or his wife were EVER Jehovah’s Witnesses. A family member was at one time, but in no way does that indicate any association between these two perverts and that religious organization. Sawyer did this before in her interview a few years ago with a Witness who is also an attorney. With him, she was repugnant and rude, not allowing him to complete scarcely a full sentence. So much for a journalist remaining neutral and ONLY reporting to FACTS. I am ashamed to be a ‘fellow Kentucky girl’ of this obnoxious, prejudiced and vitriolic ‘reporter’.

    • Claire

      Go back to your KINGDOM HALL FAMILY and stay there, and keep your mouth shut about the WORLD THAT YOU DO NOT LIVE IN.

      signed, a FORMER “witness”

    • Amanda

      Are you flippin serious with this comment? This poor girl was held captive, raped, gave birth to not one but TWO children by this sociopath and all you take away from the interview is your perception that Diane Sawyer doesn’t like Jehova’s Witness. Wow, your priorities in life are really f’ed up.

      • joyce

        Amen Amanda – the interview was top-notch

    • Lissa

      The problem with JW is that they distort the truth of the basic gospel, and christian faith from how it was founded 2,000 years ago. It has some truth and they try to do good but Jesus was the son of God, not a prophet and there is a trinity. The early church had a meeting to correct this problem in 325 AD. There were a lot of mis-truths at that time too and that is why they have the Apostle’s Creed so that the basic truths were not changed.
      I could not watch the entire interview- I got a stomach ache from hearing parts of what happened. A very disturbing case. She is a beautiful woman and human being.

    • Melody Elliott Koontz

      That is all you have to say about the interview? Defending Jehovah’s Witnesses? Um…Latoya Jackson was a “strict witness” according to her own statements. Latoya Jackson!

      Now..what did you think about Jaycee?

  • jill johnson

    Jaycee Dugard and Elizabeth Smart are two of the most incredible survivors. The interview was great, though hard to hear at times- but bottom line is the refusal to be Garrido’s VICTIM for the rest of her life. VERY good for all to hear. I’m a rape survivor, and I don’t measure up to the attitude of these two brave young women.

  • Melody Elliott Koontz

    I wish someone like Meredith Vierra would have done the interview. Some of the questions Diane asked Jaycee were just stupid. Why didn’t you run? Give me a break. Do your research Diane. As a child I was sexually abused…and some of the things you said to Jaycee..and asked her..made my skin crawl. It felt like she was being victimized again…by you. Ugh.

    Jaycee is amazing…as if her mom.

    • Danielle

      Stupid comment. CLEARLY Diane did her research. A lot of VIEWERS hadn’t though. An interview is about asking the questions that people want answered. Just because you thought a particular question was stupid, does not mean Diane failed to research the answer. She knew every detail of that story inside out.

  • carl robbins

    good looking for her age

  • carl robbins

    i am talking Diane

  • Maureen Devaney

    Diane – Excellent show. Didn’t want to hear the gory details but it was just enough to see how horrendous her life was. The therapist was excellent at explaining how victims get brainwashed while being held captive.

    Great job!

  • Brenda Weiss

    Diane did a fantastic job. She wasn’t basing her questions on what SHE knows, she was phrasing them for the viewers, some of whom may not be as knowledgeable as all you critics. I’ve always loved Diane Sawyer, but this is an outstanding interview. May Jaycee and her children have the beautiful life they deserve. What a wonderful role model.

  • Judy Castora

    I thought the interview was well-done although difficult to hear of her trials and tribulations with this sick man and his wife! Jaycee is remarkable, as is her mother, for enduring the pain and agony for 18 years! I am so impressed by both of them and they, particularly , Jaycee, give me hope. In addition, I will keep my mind open to the questions we need to ask when we see something suspicious going on in the world around us! Keep on the path Jaycee! You are truly amazing. Thanks to her counselor too!

  • http://yahoo linda J. Gerry

    I was so disgusted listening to this woman’s ordeal. The Garridos should be “stoned”….How did this happen for 18 years…inconceivable

  • Anita

    What a fabulous interview…KUDOS!

    What an amazing attitude Jaycee Dugard has towards her captives. She was very motivating.

    We have always been huge fans of your work. Excellent!

  • Elizabeth M. Boggs

    The comment by Sawyer during her interview of Jaycee Dugard on Sunday night that mentioned Dugard ‘finding a man’ was, to say the very LEAST, very inappropriate. Jaycee has just left an ordeal in which she was FORCED to submit to a “man”: NOW she should be’ again, subject to a man’s whims, all in the name of “love”? Jaycee does NOT need a relationship and it was insensitivity and lack of empathy in order for Sawyer to suggest Dugard NEEDS to submit, again, to a man. Sawyer did not get where she is through any level of intellect OR journalistic capability. She went the ‘traditional’ way; the pageant runway. A POOR choice for this interview.

    • David

      Wow, you are really a man hater aren’t you? You are precisely what’s wrong with 60′s liberal feminists. Women like you destroyed the spirit of what the REAL feminist movement was meant to be.

      You should be a shamed of yourself.

      • jenjen

        Well said David!!! elizabeth must have had a horrible experience with ONE man. Feminazis are the worst.

    • Danielle

      This is an awful comment. Sawyer was in no way suggesting that Jaycee NEEDS a man. It would be lovely if eventually Jaycee found real love some day. That is all Sawyer meant.

      And by the way, Diane Sawyer is a top class journalist with an absolutely phenomenal career behind her.

      The interview was done SO well. Sawyer was compassionate, considerate, sensitive and utterly professional. A class act, as she always is.

      • Danielle

        for some reason the word “cl a s s” was blocked out of my comment.

    • Steve M.

      Elizabeth, I had the very same reaction. My wife agrees that Sawyer’s question bordered on being kind of creepy. I realize the question may have been meant in the spirit of Dugard moving on with her life, but given what Dugard was subjected to during her years of captivity, referring to her future love life at this point in her recovery from the ordeal seemed a bit forced if not weird.

  • Elizabeth M. Boggs

    I would like to elaborate the ‘pageant’ comment; maybe I should have said; “the dumb blonde beauty queen route”.

  • David

    Congrats Diane, you were able to use Jaycee to feather your own nest and she was able to use you to sell a book. I guess you BOTH used the American people to get what you wanted. You’re both millionaires, why was this manipulative, exploitative interview necessary?

  • Fabiola

    I have been waiting for your story for a long time. I cried for you. You are an inspiration to me. And I am sorry for what happened to you.

  • Jacy

    Great interview…all I cared about was finally hearing from Jaycee herself. What an incredible young woman. After everything she’s been through, she has come through it all, shining like a bright light! An inspiration she is for all of us. I’m so happy to hear how well she and her family are doing and I plan to purchase her book, “A Stolen Life.’ Peace and happiness to you and your family Jaycee, I so admire your strength, courage and intelligence.

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