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Diane Sawyer: Slurring Causes Drunken Rumors

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Diane Sawyer, like most news anchors and reporters, was exhausted last night. But Sawyer, who covered Hurricane Sandy in depth right before election night, may have taken too much onto herself, and it showed in a big way on air last night.

Sawyer is battling rumors today that she was drunk or high during her coverage of the election after she slurred her words, repeated herself, and mispronounced Obama’s name. Reps for ABC say she was simply extremely tired, which accounted for her propping herself up on her hands against the desk at varying points during the broadcast.

“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 realise 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,” a source told the Daily Mail.

Sawyer wasn’t the only exhausted person covering the big night; Brian Williams seemed to have a bit less patience than usual during interviews, hardly cracking a smile all night and letting his professional news anchor guard down a little when he talked about “weed all over the ballots”. He also reamed Donald Trump, who was live-tweeting during the election results, saying, “Donald Trump, who has driven well past the last exit to relevance and peered into something closer to irresponsible here, is tweeting tonight.”



Diane Sawyer: Slurring Causes Drunken Rumors
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  • cathy

    people need to get a life… I don’t think she was drunk at all

  • Mtrtke Pietsch

    I watched Diana part of the time Election night well as her evening news. She speaks slowly for that her style. I did not hear any
    slurring. Had I, I would worry if she was having a stroke.

  • Leah White

    Perhaps it was a combination of exhaustion and a prescription med., or perhaps there was a blood sugar problem. She should see her doctor for a complete check-up to be on the safe side.
    She is my favorite prime-time news anchor, BTW.

  • jenna

    I’m pretty sure that is flat out drunk….not tired! You can tell by the way her speech goes up & down…she never talks like that any other time. Too bad the network didn’t pull her off the air…it makes them look bad.

  • http://WebProNews Joan Leavy

    Come on critical America, give Diane Sawyer a break. I would like to see any of you judgmental people have a schedule like hers. You would be slurring your words too. Drunk???? How about taking on too many assignments and being overly tired? Let he without sin, cast the first stone.

  • Carmen Thompson

    If diane sawyers was drunk shame on her. But if not leave her alone and mybe she will comment on this before we throw her to the wolves. Really! Let’s hear what she has to say first.

  • http://aol.com 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 !!
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  • Ashley Williams

    I think she was exhausted. I totally act like this when I’m past the four day threshold of no sleep. And at her age, its pretty bad for her.

  • Debra

    Did anyone mention yet that yesterday was also Director Mike Nichols’ Birthday – aka Diane Sawyers’ Husband… I can see where some celebratory eats before air, plus a little red wine, some cake for added sugar levels plus an extremely grueling schedule these past couple months could make anyone go slap happy / punch drunk on camera.

  • http://yahoo indigo

    Donald Trump has completely lost all credibility. I used to think he was a very responsible man, but now he has become a blubbering fool!

    And please take that squirrel off your head!

  • Penny

    I think unless you were in her shoes, you might want to take a look in the mirror and judge the reflection looking back at you! Just sayin!

  • http://yahoo indigo

    Diane Sawyer was not drunk! She did look exhausted and tired. Maybe it was lack of sleep and food. But I can tell you that she was not drunk.

    • http://yahoo john smith

      diane sawyer is trash–should be fired imediately–a mouthy disgusting person!

      • catarina

        shame on you john..you obviously dont like women

  • Mark Space

    I notices it before Sandy and commented to my wife that she appeared to have had a mini stroke. The woman appears to be ill, get her help.

    • Ruth Warren

      Yes, it definitely sounded more like a mild stroke than anything else.

  • jimnjoy

    This is typical of the media. Their “self-importance”. Did she think that the world would come to an end if she wasn’t on-air every second? These people give me a headache.

  • C. E.

    How many of you have gone through a hurricane and then recovered right afterward? Shock and exhaustion is hitting almost all of the ABC staff and the results are different with everyone. You sit up for 4 days and work flat out with almost no down time and see if you can even see straight or even talk right!

  • Linda

    My worries would have been a stroke not drinking!!! People who are way overtired and a little older should be concerned with a stroke. What a bunch of fools badmouthing her.

  • Michael

    I more apt to believe the explanations that she is simply exhausted. She is basically the face of ABC News right now and with Sandy and now Election Night, she’s just been working too hard. What she needs to do right now is take “up to” a week off. Take a break from reporting news and checking up on news. Just seriously relax and get some sleep. And if Robin is up to it during her recovery, go and spend some time with her. Just take some serious time off and rest.

  • Dodgeabullet

    If Diane was not drunk, and indeed extremely tired then shame on both her and those that schedule who should have realized her limits and scheduled someone else to do the election coverage. America deserved a clear headed coverage; not a blubbering idiot!

    And by the way, where in any context of race would Barack Obama be considered a white man? Really?? What was happening with those covering this election???

    • carla jaxson

      He has one drop of sperm in him from a black man….maybe. Seems that’s ALL we know about him. Is there a DNA test showing that his dad was who he says he was??? Besides, a child is whatever the MOTHER is..not the father. So, okay…he’s a man with a drop of black sperm, making him a white man with a little bit of black in him. He’s not black. Or not 100%…we can say that we have the first BIRACIAL president…but NOT the first black president.

  • mary handley

    Taking all info in stride do you think she was the only news anchor/journalist out there exhausted, covering the hurricane and the election? Did anyone else look and act like Diane Sawyer?

  • Lou

    All anchors had problems covering the election. I am sure it is not easy to deliver the fast paced news of last night with someone constantly shouting in your earpiece.

  • http://amazonwevbinar cherry razek

    well ive been a big favorite of diane sawyer and i feel she was tired and not drinking.the network wouldnt let her cover such an important election coverage drinking or drunk as some people have tweeting

    • Phyllis Sowell

      I totally agree. Give her a break. She has been up for hours and all of us behave differently when we are tired,

  • Denny

    How about letting Diane Sawyer speak for herself. You commenters have put her on trial and accused her
    to find her guilty. There was no proof submitted to determine if she was under the influence or just tired.
    These kind of decisions and decision-makers is part of the reason America is so messed up. Don’t you think we need to straighten out our mess before it becomes an impossible task? OR … don’t you care?

    • Kat.

      Hi Denny,
      I completely agree with you.
      You other folks who had negative comments should take a look at what the people of New York have been through.
      Dinae Sawyer lives in New York,do you think she was immune from all the terrible effects of Sandy?
      Give her and Brian Williams a break!!!!

  • http://yahoo Marie

    I don’t think she was drunk at all,i believe she was tried and excited.She is delivering major news.

  • Valerie

    She isn’t slurring a ton, she is just somewhat chatty and oblivious.

    • Jen

      This is probably one of the most responsible comments to the story. Let’s give people the benefit of the doubt for the professionalism that they exhibit each day. If it were a trend, that would be one thing. This could be dangerous because slurring sometimes means a slight stroke. Let’s pray for her instead of jumping to conclusions.

  • http://yahoo alci luna

    Please, some people needs to watch their words, this is a very professional woman you are talking about. I think she was exhausted, she has been working non stop and she probably did not get any rest.

    Dear Diane go home and sleep,sleep, sleep.

  • http://yahoo.com dave fineberg

    Hey diane , your funny when your hammered. What are doing friday night we could meet and do shots of schnapps. Wanna go ?

  • Jamie

    She did great. I didn’t even hear her slur. Her voice was just a little lulling at times. Her thoughts appeared completely coherent. Give the lady a break.

  • Sheri Boesch

    I love Diane and was shocked to see all of this because I noticed nothing. It makes me nuts the way TV stations use their anchors to death. In fact in some cases there have been deaths. I’m praying for Dianne and just hope everyone gives her a break. She is such a dedicated, loyal, smart, addition to ABC news.

  • NikL

    I didn’t see Sawyer, but Barbara Walters couldn’t get words out to save her life. I don’t know if she was tired or what, but it was so painful to watch that I turned the channel. I really doubt Sawyer was drunk; she’s been a professional too long to something like that.

    • carla jaxson

      I think Diane was just tired….geez, people, are you all so perfect that you’ve NEVER misspoken??? You all seem to think you’re so perfect that you could never make a mistake….oooops…I forget that YOU are…lol. I’m the first to admit that I’m not.

      And poor old, ugly Barbara is just OLD…since she had Paula Deen on her show, “The View” about being overweight and said that “this is a show about fat people and, well, Paula, you’re fat”. Old demon woman…emphasis on OLD, Babs……..

  • olivia

    I really don’t think Diane Sawyer is capable of that lack in judgement.
    She is a top notch reporter. Did anyone think she could have even had a small stroke?
    You are to quick to judge.
    She did look very tired, and her job is very demanding. Maybe she can take some time to sleep and just relax.
    She deserves this! Carry on Diane.

    • http://dianesawyer lucy alvarado

      diane,is a top-notch reporter,but between george & her surely they should give them some relief from airing,bring in someone else to fill their shoes and cover all the reporting that has been going on,and i gurantee they would slur too! they look so tired as it is,they are really troopers and should be commended !

    • patti steward

      Diane Sawyer has a history of booze and pills. Don’t enable her.

  • http://yahoo jhwaller

    I would rather listen to Dianna drunk than Bill O reilly and his cronies somber. Looks lke the lady was just over worked.

    • mt

      I would rather listen to Bill O’reilly drunk than Diane the Douche Bag sober.

  • Patricia

    Why doesn’t Donald Trump shut his mouth and keep it shut….just sayin

  • brian

    More than just tired. She can’t stop running at the mouth.

    Too much Xanax?

    • http://Yahoo Claire

      you got it

  • dj

    Good God, aren’t we a critical bunch. Perhaps you have never worked the kind of hours that she has, and have never been that exhausted. Well, I have. And I have a job where I am “on stage” in front of lots of people at a time. I regularly work 15 hrs a day for weeks at at time under incredible pressure. And I slur my words when that tired, and can hardly hold myself up. Give her a break. She is a workhorse. And has a very stressful job~ both physically and mentally. I am 10 years younger~ cannot w\believe what she does at her age. She is doing an incredible job. I suppose all the critical ones go to work at 9, take a lunch and go home at 5 and completely forget about their work until tomorrow?? Walk a few days in her shoes . . .

    • http://Yahoo Claire

      Don’t ever watch her but caught a few minutes last night and decided to just find another report. Almost all the new people are getting long in the tooth and need to go now. Although most of the women think they can keep up. then too I don’t think they dress professionally and I would like professional for news not would be fashionistas emulating Mrs. Obama with the bare arms. Men wear suits and ties, women should wear business attire.

  • Steve

    In today’s world of blurting out anything over the internet, this reminds me of my now deceased mother-in-law. She was accused of being drunk on the job given her slurring of words at work. In fact, she was diagnosed with ALS but not until the damage to her reputation was done. She was humiliated for having a cruel, disabling, life-ending disease.

    No one knows why Diane Sawyer was slurring her words. I was taught that if you do not have anything nice to say about someone then you should keep quiet. Unfortunately, the complete opposite is true today.

  • sawweed

    I think Diane did a wonderful job, maybe just a little tired from all the reporting she has done in past the week .I watched and maybe just did not catch it. She in my opinion is a great reporter and is always on the go. Don’t know if i were in her shoes,I could do the same. Like my sleep

    • http://WebProNews RG

      Diane really needs to hang it up. Never did like her! She forcefully puts emotion into her discussions and she bores me. And last nite really hit the nail on the head. She thinks she bigger than life and all of her competition when really thats all she has is a big bank account because television executives over hyped her and gave her big fat contracts!! Please, just get off the air. You are ruining your profession!

      • http://yahoo Kelly

        RG, if you don’t like her why did you watch her?

    • Vickie

      Did a great job? Well, what’s all of the hoopla about then???? Some people need to know their limitations!!!!

  • john

    Diane Sawyer ALWAYS sounds as though she’s slurring her words, even during the evening news, that’s why I never watch her.

  • http://Yahoo! Rita

    there you guy go again, wouldn’t you be tier after covering all that news She just doing her job. het I like her good job covering H. Sandt and the election. Now get some rest

  • db

    Sawyer seems to have frequent migraine headaches. I see her left eye drooping many times as she agonizes during nightly broadcasts. I can’t stand her NWO liberalism but she may have had a bad headache and/or over-medicated for it.

  • D

    It is possible she was just very tired. I get like that when I am extremely tired and sleepy and I don’t drink.

  • Nick

    She is a juicer, 35 years dry. Drunk knows a Drunk.

  • mary

    Diane Sawyer is a class act, an excellent reporter, and a compassionate and caring human being. She has been running on very little sleep with all of the events this month….cut her a break, and quit coming up nasty accusations.

    • Lola

      Don’t be so critical unless you know for sure, POSITIVELY!, that she was drunk!!! Tired people slur words and sometimes don’t make sense. Give her a break!!!

  • Steve Bryson

    You would all fill badly if she was sick! If you watch the nightly news you will see she is out working and doing her news. I am sure she just doesn’t come in and set down for 30 min. and go home. Look at all the work she has been doing on the hurricane story!
    I’ll keep watching her nightly news. And I hope she is OK

  • shanta

    Dian,is awsome and amazing,hardest working woman on t.v.Give her a break !I think she done an wonderful job,I’ll choose her to talk over Trump anytime !

  • HMPlatt

    This is aweful, i can’t believe they let her continue like that, i use to think very highly of Diane Sawyer until i saw her last night, what ever the problem is get some help, that had nothing to do with being tired, you do not have to work that hard, at your age,you have done it all, time to cut back with all that, let somebody else, take the reins, it is time for you and Barbara Walters, to leave with grace and respect for your craft. It’s time.

  • http://WebProNews RG

    Diane really needs to hang it up. Never did like her! She forcefully puts emotion into her discussions and she bores me. And last nite really hit the nail on the head. She thinks she bigger than life and all of her competition when really thats all she has is a big bank account because television executives over hyped her and gave her big fat contracts!! Please, just get off the air. You are ruining your profession!

  • barbara

    A drunk Diane Sawyer is still better than a sober anyone else…I love her!

    • http://WebProNews RG

      Is this Barbara Walters talking? LOL

  • http://WebProNews RG

    Time to put someone with good looks, grace and class in her place like Elizabeth Vargas

  • jyoung

    I watched the whole broadcast. I am 71 years old, do not take drugs or alcohol. I was completely sober. I thought she did a great job. Showed respect for all of her co-anchors. Kept the show going. I am wondering about all the complaints. Maybe your listening ear might have been drunk!

    • http://WebProNews RG

      Maybe you didnt have your hearing aide in and seeing glasses? That was nothing but rambling “which she normally does anyway”. I felt bad for George and all the others because they didnt know how to cut her off being she was probably the top correspondent at this time. Not anymore!!

  • http://yahoo.com Gary

    Seemed more exhausted than drunk. She spoke in complete sentences and mantained a poised and steady thoughtful stream of commentary. And kept her humor and quick wit on point. Have any of you trigger happy snipers ever been worked hard and gotten little sleep for 10 days in a row. You get dingy, a little silly, or in Brian Williams case you can get grouchy. Come on, ABC would have pulled her during a commercial if they thought that she was drunk.

    • Merri124

      I agree. Especially with George S sitting right next to her. If there was something really bad going on, he would’ve stepped in and totally took over. There has been so much packed into the last week, they must all be overworked and totally drained. I know how I am after one night of no sleep. Can’t imagine how they are right now many nights of no sleep. Grabbing cat naps here and there doesn’t do the body good. At least not for me!!! Plus she is getting older and the brain just doesn’t work as well at times. She could have a disease/condition/neurological thing going that no one knows about either. We don’t know the health problems of the “celebrities”. That is their private business. I am sure if she is battling something health or otherwise, we will hear about it soon. Otherwise, leave her alone and worry about yourself and your families and not slam someone you don’t even know at all!!1