Sawyer stumbled through some words leading up to the 11:00 p.m. EST hour, providing a few awkward moments for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who was a guest during the coverage.
New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter seemed to dismiss the idea that Sawyer had been knocking back a few during commercial breaks, and suggested she was just getting weary as the night wore on:
Diane Sawyer’s name is trending. Many people saying she seems drunk on air. Alternative theory: she gets this way when she’s really tired.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 7, 2012