There has been much speculation since election night as to whether or not ABC Evening News anchor Diane Sawyer was drunk on air during the ABC coverage of the election. What began as what was interpreted as “slurred speech” grew into a full on Twitter hay day that the anchorwoman was drunk for the coverage. Sources, though, say otherwise.
It has largely been debunked as a rumor, with sources saying that Diane Sawyer was actually very overworked. Due to the fact that Sawyer is said to be a workaholic, and the fact that her schedule was jam packed because of the election, what viewers were seeing was a woman just plain exhausted.
The source goes on to say that “It’s someone who was overworked because they do care so much about trying to put on quality coverage for the viewer and I think that it’s a symptom of her being a workaholic, not as many on Twitter defined to imply an alcoholic. That’s just crazy.”
The source goes on to claim that her schedule has been so tight she has not even had time for a drink, which further makes the claims of her being drunk even more flimsy. “Had there been any issue with Diane they [ABC] would have known, and that would have been a big part in their story.”
In fact, alcoholic beverages were not even allowed in the newsroom on election night.
It has long been known that Diane Sawyer will neglect getting rest because she is so busy reading up on the news, reporting and studying. This has been her work ethic for years, and anyone who works those sorts of schedules might understand how draining it can be. Add the general pressure of reporting on the election to millions of viewers, and that could make one seem quite distracted during a broadcast.
Source: Business Insider