The Internet Thinks Diane Sawyer Was Drunk During Election Coverage

The election dominated television on Tuesday night as every network and their brothers tried to get you to tune in and see who America would elect as the next president of the United States (SPOILER: Obama). If you happened to be watching ABC, you may have been one of the many who wondered aloud to themselves, “Is Diane Sawyer a little drunk right now?” Sawyer slurred a few words and asked some strange questions during her coverage of the 2012 presidential election, so, obviously, people took to Twitter to be all, “SHE DRUNK!”

The Internet Thinks Diane Sawyer Was Drunk During Election Coverage

Twitter reacts accordingly.

Storified by PhiladelphiaMagazine · Wed, Nov 07 2012 05:33:38

All I’m gonna say is, if Diane Sawyer was "just tired", then "just tired" is my new excuse for all the times that I’m fucking hammered.Mike W
We may not agree on politics, but can we at least agree Diane Sawyer was the shit last night?MTVComedy
"FOUR MORE BEERS! FOUR MORE BEERS!" – Diane Sawyer last nightPierzy
Diane Sawyer is almost as drunk as your average swamp person.Big Bird
Who roofied Diane Sawyer?TJ
I just got drunk-texted by Diane Sawyer.Greg Shannon
Shhh, everyone, Diane Sawyer isn’t finished with her Long Day’s Journey Into Night audition. #election2012 #riveting.Holly Carrie Stark
I’ll have what Diane Sawyer is having.josh groban
And Diane Sawyer declares tonight’s winner is… chardonnay!They Might Be Giants
Great speech, but Diane Sawyer makes sure she gets the last wordssssssssss #election2012YolandaSBeasley

President Obama Wins a Second Term, But Nate Silver Wins the Election

Barack Obama Is Re-Elected. In case you couldn’t hack it with the big boys last night, here’s President Obama’s victory speech from the early hours of Wednesday morning. [CBS News]

Obama Won Pennsylvania. Mitt Romney and company made a last ditch effort to try and grab Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes, but it looks like the folks that said the Keystone State wasn’t actually up for grabs were right all along. Pennsylvania went blue for the sixth straight presidential election. [Newsworks]

Nate Silver Wins the Election. The man behind the New York Times FiveThirtyEight blog predicted every state correctly. He’s basically the Joe Lunardi of presidential elections. Marvel at his abilities. [Salon]

Breakdown of Poll Demographics. Who voted for who and why. [USA Today]

Colorado, Washington Legalize Marijuana. In Tuesday’s election, Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana. A similar measure in Oregon didn’t have enough support. Now, marijuana in Colorado and Washington will be cultivated and sold at special stores. People 21 and older can buy up to an ounce. [ABC News]

Maryland, Maine Legalize Marriage Equality. Maine and Maryland became the first two states to legalize gay marriage by popular vote. Prior to Tuesday, voters had rejected same-sex marriage initiatives on ballots more than 30 consecutive times. [New York Times]

The Internet Thought Diane Sawyer Was Drunk. During Tuesday night’s election coverage, Diane Sawyer slurred some words and asked a strange question or two so the Internet yelled, “Yo, she drunk!” Snitches. [The Atlantic]

Governor Romney Spends His Election Day Campaigning in Ohio, Pennsylvania

While President Obama participates in some satellite interviews and plays basketball on Tuesday, Mitt Romney is busy pushing for last-minute votes in swing states. The Romney campaign scheduled stops in Cleveland and Pittsburgh as the GOP candidate looks to make a final impact on voters before heading to Boston to await the election results. It’s a similar tactic to that used by President Obama when he spent his 2008 Election Day campaigning in Indiana, a state that went blue. [Washington Post]

President Obama Spends His Election Day Playing Basketball

Today is a big day for President Barack Obama. As Americans headed to the polls to cast their votes in the 2012 election, President Obama took some time for a little R&R at Attack Athletics in Chicago. There, the prez laced up the high-tops and played some ball with a handful of staffers and friends. Not a bad way to spend your Tuesday. Something tells us this is not a day you’d want to try to challenge Obama on the block. [Associated Press]

Defendant Tells Jury to Convict Him of Murder Quickly So He Can Watch the Eagles Game

A defendant on trial for double murder in California did not want to miss the Eagles/Saints game on Monday night. During cross examination, 49-year-old Nathan Burris grew impatient while answering the prosecutor’s questions. Burris supposedly snapped his fingers at the jury and told them to convict him quickly so that he could get back to his cell to watch Monday Night Football.

“I did it. So what?” said Nathan Burris, 49, who is representing himself in his capital trial in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez. “No remorse, no regrets, no mercy. … You want me to draw it out in crayon?”

He didn’t stop there, though. He added a few other gems while he was on the stand.

Veteran prosecutor Harold Jewett, a fierce interrogator, sought to drill in during cross-examination, asking Burris if his father would have been proud of him. But Burris stopped answering questions within 30 minutes.

“This isn’t Sesame Street,” Burris said, referring to the jury. “They get it, bro.” [SFGate]

Chris Christie Rips “Know-Nothing” Romney Staffers

Chris Christie pinky promised America that he would vote for Mitt Romney on Election Day. But, in light of his budding bromance with President Barack Obama, many Republicans are questioning the New Jersey Governor’s motives and allegiance. On Tuesday, Christie lashed out at those folks after he was asked about not turning up in Pennsylvania to stump for Governor Romney over the weekend.

I told Governor Romney at that time that if the storm landed as predicted that it was going to be catastrophic to New Jersey and unprecedented,” Christie said. “I said to him, ‘Listen, Mitt, if this storm hits the way I think it’s going to, I’m off the campaign trail from here to Election Day.’ And he said to me, ‘Chris, of course. Do your job, don’t worry about me. I’ll take care of things.’ So all this other noise, I think, is coming from know-nothing, disgruntled Romney staffers who, you know, don’t like the fact that I said nice things about the president of the United States. Well that’s too bad for them. [Huffington Post]

America Asks Google Who’s Running for President

Thank God for Google, right? The other night I was at a bar and we couldn’t figure out the name of that movie where Arnold Schwarzenegger is preggers (don’t ask). It basically ruined my night, but I knew that if I couldn’t figure it out (I did, it’s Junior), I had Google to fall back on. It seems as though many people felt the same way in regard to the 2012 presidential candidates. There was a recent spike in the number of Google searches for “who is running for president” because America is basically one, big, Leno man-on-the-street sketch. [The Atlantic]

Court Rules That Obama Mural in Philly Polling Place Must Be Covered Up

At the Franklin School in Northeast Philly, voters had to stare President Barack Obama in the eye immediately before casting their votes because there is a massive mural of him inside the polling place. On Tuesday, PA GOP officials announced that a court had ruled that the mural must be covered up for the remainder of the election. Whoops.


Picture via @ValerieCaras

Celeb Scoop: The Rock Wants to Know Which Candidate Kicks the Most Ass Before Sunrise

Tuesday is Election Day and America’s celebrities want you to know it. So, many of them took to their Twitter accounts to inform followers that performing their civic duty is a worthwhile effort. Also, The Rock wants to know which candidate kicks the most ass before sunrise.

Celebrities Use Twitter to Get Out the Vote

Comedians, actors, rappers, and the like used Twitter to try to get Americans to head to the polls on Tuesday.

Storified by PhiladelphiaMagazine · Tue, Nov 06 2012 09:35:19

GO AND DO LIKEWISE. Thank you. #vote http://pic.twitter.com/YGQoY7FTPatton Oswalt
Vote vote vote!!!!! I did!!!!Reba McEntire
If they can wait in line to vote, so can you! http://instagr.am/p/RsNMVKNmub/COMMON
Generations of brave men and women have defended our country and freedom to vote! Take advantage of those rights! #TakingBackTheCountryHank Williams, Jr.
Before I vote – final question.. who wakes up first and starts kickin’ ass before sunrise? @MittRomney or @BarackObama #CINCDwayne Johnson
please——-VOTE!!!!!Vote for who you feel best represents our country world wide– Obama Has the world’s… http://fb.me/22Z1I3ZE1Pamela Anderson
Get in the game !!! Go Vote !!! You will be glad and proud that YOU did !!!!!#Vote2012 #Vota2012MC HAMMER
My Beloved Fellow Americans, Its Time to Getcha Some!!! Don’t Doubt Your Power! Vote Right Now! It’s Worth the Wait!Queen Latifah
Vote for ME Roseanne Barr Tuesday November 6th http://bit.ly/RBO7gx List of States where I’m on the Ballot and Qualified as Write-In!Roseanne Barr
get out there and make a difference in our country daleeeee ponte las pila #election2012 #votePitbull
I diiiiiiiid iiiit! #Vote! http://instagr.am/p/RscF-vQa4R/Questo of The Roots
So excited, will be on the radio today and tomorrow to talk about the election and how important it is to Vote. #YouthEmpowermentLady Gaga
Hey #Watauga County, NC, Please know Billy Kennedy is a good man for County Commissioner. Vote now at #AppState! http://on.fb.me/ResalQzach galifianakis

VIDEO: Pennsylvania Voting Machine Changes Obama Vote to Romney

A voter in Pennsylvania has posted a video to YouTube that he claims shows him trying to vote for Barack Obama on Tuesday morning. When he tries to select President Obama, though, the voting machine selects Mitt Romney’s name. At the end of the video, you can see the candidates running for Pennsylvania auditor general, so the polling place is definitely in the Keystone State. The person who shot the video did not reveal the precise location of his polling place. According to itv, it was determined that this was a calibration error and it was rectified when the machine was reset. The user’s description is posted, in full, below the video.

My wife and I went to the voting booths this morning before work. There were 4 older ladies running the show and 3 voting booths that are similar to a science fair project in how they fold up. They had an oval VOTE logo on top center and a cartridge slot on the left that the volunteers used to start your ballot.

I initially selected Obama but Romney was highlighted. I assumed it was being picky so I deselected Romney and tried Obama again, this time more carefully, and still got Romney. Being a software developer, I immediately went into troubleshoot mode. I first thought the calibration was off and tried selecting Jill Stein to actually highlight Obama. Nope. Jill Stein was selected just fine. Next I deselected her and started at the top of Romney’s name and started tapping very closely together to find the ‘active areas’. From the top of Romney’s button down to the bottom of the black checkbox beside Obama’s name was all active for Romney. From the bottom of that same checkbox to the bottom of the Obama button (basically a small white sliver) is what let me choose Obama. Stein’s button was fine. All other buttons worked fine.

I asked the voters on either side of me if they had any problems and they reported they did not. I then called over a volunteer to have a look at it. She him hawed for a bit then calmly said “It’s nothing to worry about, everything will be OK.” and went back to what she was doing. I then recorded this video.

There is a lot of speculation that the footage is edited. I’m not a video guy, but if it’s possible to prove whether a video has been altered or not, I will GLADLY provide the raw footage to anyone who is willing to do so. The jumping frames are a result of the shitty camera app on my Android phone, nothing more.

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