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During Tuesday night’s marathon election coverage, legendary ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer was either somewhat drunk or very tired. As we watched the election with one eye on the big screen and the other on the little, tweets began popping up remarking on Sawyer’s slurred words (“Barorock Robama”, anyone?) and over-relaxed demeanor. You be the judge.
But as if to underscore the lady enjoys a glass of red wine (or three) to wash down her prescription drugs, this 20-something-year-old clip of Sawyer surfaced today. From the set of “Primetime Live”, Sawyer sips wine, pops a pill and then gossips about someone who enjoys a bit of the same (along with cocaine). Obviously, this clip has been kicking around in some vault since the early 1990s, but the timing of its Internet debut is certainly curious.
If anything, this viral video is making Sawyer, 66, little known before today to millennials who have probably never watched network news, the Internet’s latest “badass”. And that’s not exactly a bad thing. Should she for any reason get the ax from ABC, we’re sure she will have a second (or is it third?) career on MTV and beyond.