Election Night: The Good, the Bad and the... What Was Up With Diane Sawyer?!

The endless campaigning is over, and Barack Obama has defeated Republican challenger Mitt Romney to win a second term as President of the United States. Of course, the frenzied reporting Tuesday night of exit poll numbers, voting tallies and demographic trends shone a glaring spotlight on the stars of CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, and the news divisions of CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox.

We stayed glued to our TV sets to assess the best and worst of Election Night coverage — and present it to you in handy photo gallery form. So click through below to get our picks for everything from the night’s Best Map to the Worst Manners to the Sauciest Interruption.

And no need to thank us: With NCIS, Parenthood, New Girl and Dancing With the Stars all taking the night off, what else were we supposed to do with our evening?

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60 Comments
  1. Katelyn says:

    Most overused phrase of the night came from FOX where they said “Too close to call” every five seconds.

  2. Angela says:

    CNN really needs to figure out how to do the technology thing in a way that doesn’t make them look like they’re trying too hard to be painfully hip and cool. Oy. And Karl Rove and Sarah Palin are just obnoxious and really need to stop talking.
    Anywho, as for the actual election results: beyond thrilled that Akin and Mourdock lost, they deserve it after the idiotic, deeply offensive and disturbing things they said. Pleased to see Maine and Maryland have made same sex marriage legal as well. And VERY happy with the presidential outcome. Breathing a huge sigh of relief and feeling pretty good right about now.

    • karen says:

      I sooo agree with you!!!! And the look of sadness of the FOX anchors was so funny to watch….lol

    • Lo says:

      Agreed, I kept praying they’d take the touch screens away from John King, all the zooming in and out made me dizzy and Wolf Blitzer was a little too over-the-top with Balance of Power, Exit Poll results and Standby for a Projection LOL

    • holly says:

      you nailed it and it ain’t to close to call.

  3. Romy says:

    Sarah Palin scared the bejeezus out of me!

  4. TV Gord says:

    3. Best use of a Famous Building, including the window-washing rigs. If the results had been more contentious, they could have incorporated the Midtown dangling crane to represent the 2012 version of a hanging chad. ;-)

  5. SVUnCI says:

    You missed after Fox News Channel interviewed a Obama spokesperson (around 8 CT) they said that while he was talking it all sounded annoying. But they backtracked and said since his audio kept cutting out that’s what REALLY made it sound annoying.

  6. scorpo says:

    Ha, my friend and I were texting about Diane Sawyer’s behavior. Funny to see we weren’t the only ones who noticed.

  7. Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

    Close to 400 million dollars spent and what did we get?

    1. Same President
    2. Same divided Congress
    3. Same divided country

    How anyone can be happy with that is beyond me. On either side.

    • Jenny says:

      Patience…

    • Jules says:

      Agreed. No hope and change here.

    • Leah says:

      As opposed to 400 million dollars spent and getting, what?
      1. Different President
      2. Same divided Congress
      3. Same divided country
      How anyone can be happy with that is beyond me. On either side. Let’s face it, this was a lose-lose election. I’m not buying Obama’s hope and change, but I sure as hell didn’t buy Romney’s either.

      • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

        No, if you are going to keep Obama, who I don’t support, you might as well go all in and elect a Congress that can pass legislation that he will sign. Not vote through 4 more years of the same gridlock and grandstanding. I may not care for the guy, but at some point we have to pick a direction and just go and see what happens. I thought Romney was a POOR choice for the Republicans as well and so did many other Republicans. So now we all have to live through 4 more years of the same crap. It’s useless.

        • Kate says:

          Yeah…the fact that the congress may keep on blocking important decision does not look promising BUT it’s Obamas last presedential term so he finally might cut the cookie-cutter decision making…at least that’s what I think/hope he has been planning to do.

        • Mary says:

          Hoping Congress will get the message and realize America is behind the President and DO THEIR JOB on both sides. Here is a concept, maybe they will work together for the good of the nation.

        • lilys87 says:

          Well, elections are useless. Nothing new here.

        • grace says:

          Dems have the white house and EXPANDED their hold on the Senate — the House is still REP. but the HOUSE is ALL UP FOR GRABS/RE-ELECTED EVERY TWO YEARS. If we are going to break gridlock and put it all in one parties hands – then voting the House to the Dems in the midterm election would be the way to fly. They would have two years (well really a year before they have to start campaigning again) to do something, (and given the Prez can’t run again- he would have a free hand to push them to move). Then IF we don’t like what the Dems do after the Midterms – we could erase it all in the general election bu voting gridlock back or the other party in.

          • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

            And the Republicans expanded their hold on the House. I don’t think you understand that no legislation can go through Congress with each party having a strangle hold on one part of it. I’m not a Democrat at all, but we can’t afford even 2 more years of bickering and gridlock.

    • GoGiants says:

      Not true. Many of the scary far-right types were removed, like Allen West, Mourdock, Joe Walsh and Aiken. That is a BIG step forward.

  8. Anastasiabeaverhousen says:

    Hmmm..Ambien?

  9. Meg says:

    best “ummmm…what?” moment: commentator on ABC saying this was probably going to be the last presidential election with two white men running against each other.

  10. mia says:

    I watched the CBC coverage here in Canada and it was great! Tons of great insight and analysis, plus a loved national comedian popped in every hour to provide some much appreciated humour!
    .
    Also happy with the results. You did good America.

  11. Keenan says:

    As an American living in Australia i was switching between CNN & BBC.

  12. Kim R says:

    We watched ABC on and off and what I kept noticing was Barbara Walters…sitting at the end of the desk….and saying nothing. Why did they have her there?? :) I would like to submit this for an award! haha

    • Jan says:

      She was there for show…people see Babs and they know they can trust whatever is being said or sold to them. HAHA, jokes on them she spews the pandering crap out more than anyone!!!

  13. Lindsey says:

    Definetly agree with giving CNN’s John King the MVP…He was awesome, kind of reminded me of Tim Russert.

    • Katherine215 says:

      Same here! I really loved that he was zooming into the counties and going back and forth between years so fluidly. I’m sure having the technology helped, but he was very comfortable with it and very informative.

    • Adam Sorkin says:

      Ditto that. I was consistently impressed with how on point he was (and how off balance Wolf Blitzer seemed in comparison).

  14. annoying says:

    I applaud your captioning, well sir. Good comments :)

  15. Shuayb says:

    What you americans should have done then is voted in a Democratic congress. Compared to the amount of people that voted, America has waaaay more eligible voters who just did not vote. So at the next election those who are pissed at the way things stand, get more people to vote, more republicans or democrats would mean a greater chance of the congress being unanimous in either way. Stop complaining, and do something about it.

    • Jan says:

      We did do something, the only thing we could do – VOTE!! It wasn’t enough, too many people voted who get all the “free” stuff Obama’s been handing out for 3 years. All the people on the “Obama Entitlement Program” out-numbered the people who are not part of that handout program :(

      • SAR says:

        What really happened is that after the 2010 elections the GOP managed to gerrymander most of their districts into safe GOP seats. Overcoming that is going to be a uphill battle. But maybe this time the GOP congress won’t hold the country hostage again since their goal of making Obama a one-term president didn’t work out.

        • TV Gord says:

          There’s another excuse to pile on the heap. …And gerrymander as The Beaver.

          • beckstle says:

            It’s not an excuse it’s the truth. They went in and point-blank said they didn’t care WHAT Obama proposed they were going to say no – all so they could try and get back the White House. Canor, McConnley & Boehner all admit to it. They and the Republican party betrayed the country in the name of politics and power. They weren’t trying to help the country succeed, they were trying to make it FAIL so Obama would look bad. The fact that Obama got anything done at all is a testimony to his sheer determination to get the country out of the mess George W. Bush left the country in. http://swampland.time.com/2012/08/23/the-party-of-no-new-details-on-the-gop-plot-to-obstruct-obama/

          • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

            Well they have a right to say no and 49% of the country agrees. Obama should not take this election as an affirmation of his presidency. He got less electoral votes than last time. He needs to take this as a message that to get things done, EVERYONE will need to come to the middle. Not just the Republicans.

          • TV Gord says:

            I agree with you on that, Chuck!

          • TV Gord says:

            You, too, beckstle, about those in the Republican party who said they were going to block the President at every turn. Let’s hope that kind of unreasonable attitude will end in the second term. The country needs to pull together if it’s going to succeed. The President has to compromise on his economic plan, but that doesn’t mean turn it over to the Republicans. There has to be some middle ground.

  16. Jan says:

    Diane Sawyer is a nut-bag!!!!!!!!!!!!! Was she celebrating too hard while the camera was on others??? Just hope FORWARD actually happens…because we’ve been going BACKWARDS for 4 years :( :( :(

    • Tannty says:

      Backwards would have been Romney. All the way back to the 1950s. Obama got healthcare passed, and got rid of don’t ask don’t tell for example, both big leaps forward.

      • Angela says:

        States either legalizing gay marriage or shooting down state amendments that would’ve banned gay marriage were also a big, much needed move forward, I’d say. I’m absolutely thrilled at the results for that topic.

  17. Ross says:

    When Diane Sawyer was introducing Jorge Ramos from the Univision network, she totally slurred his name. She must have had a little too much (in the words of Troy Barnes) no-no juice.

  18. Laura says:

    My favorite moment was when Brian Williams was talking about the twitter posts by Trump and ended with “ya… that happened.”

  19. Jessica says:

    I watched Jon Stewart and then Stephen Colbert….I did tune into my regular Fox Station to see Shepard Smith :)

  20. sabrina says:

    I didn’t flip through the slideshow but no mention Trump raging on Twitter in the comments? Haha

  21. Timothy N. says:

    Matthew Dowd on ABC News saying, “This may be the last election between two white men.” Barack Obama is African-American. He was corrected/made an ass of by Jake Tapper and laughed at by everyone in-studio after awkward silence.

  22. Chuck says:

    To all who are relishing in your victory last night, where is the outrage over the comments by one of your own? Chris Matthews of MSNBC reflecting on the Obama victory, “”I’m so glad we had that storm last week,”. When he realized how offensive that sounded (even to Rachel Maddow), he continued, “No, politically I should say — not in terms of hurting people. The storm brought in possibilities for good politics.”

    That comment warrants a dismissal. The man has no class.

    • Temperence says:

      It’s curious how you break out Maddow – who, being a homosexual person, is a humanist before many other things, and is most likely to be offended MOST. Matthews certainly stuck his foot in his mouth and chewed on that one, though.

  23. Dan says:

    Worst was Brian Williams interviewing that Latino Democratic Mayor, and calling him a Republican while also asking him how Romney’s camp was feeling.

  24. Martin says:

    I watched CBS, their coverage was pretty good, although I could just close my eyes and listen to Scott Pelley – such a nice voice.

  25. I think we call people dumb way too quickly, when often that person is merely someone we disagree with, or when we would not be better in that situation. That said, Wolf Blitzer really is … dumb.

  26. James says:

    Cant wait for SNL this weekend, they are going to have a field day

  27. tvdiva says:

    I kept switching between all the channels and finally settled on CNN. They did the best job with graphics and information and I liked that they showed what happened in the last four elections. I still really miss Tim Russert (Meet the Press 18 years) and wish he had lived to provide commentary on the past two elections. But I know he had the best seat in heaven to watch both.

  28. Ali says:

    Diane’s election night behavior is SO going to parodied on Sat. Night Live. I can’t wait for it. You just know it’s coming….and, if we’re lucky maybe she’ll get some attention from South Park.

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