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

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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?



Comments (60)

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

    Comment by Katelyn – November 6, 2012 10:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Angela – November 6, 2012 10:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I sooo agree with you!!!! And the look of sadness of the FOX anchors was so funny to watch….lol

      Comment by karen – November 6, 2012 10:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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

      Comment by Lo – November 7, 2012 11:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • you nailed it and it ain’t to close to call.

      Comment by holly – November 7, 2012 12:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sarah Palin scared the bejeezus out of me!

    Comment by Romy – November 6, 2012 10:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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. ;-)

    Comment by TV Gord – November 6, 2012 10:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • LOL!!!!!! Good one!!!

      Comment by Chloe – November 6, 2012 11:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by SVUnCI – November 6, 2012 10:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ha, my friend and I were texting about Diane Sawyer’s behavior. Funny to see we weren’t the only ones who noticed.

    Comment by scorpo – November 6, 2012 10:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She was that way last election, too. I was hoping for Drunk Diane again tonight! Freaking adorable!

      Comment by TV Gord – November 6, 2012 10:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – November 6, 2012 10:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Patience…

      Comment by Jenny – November 6, 2012 10:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. No hope and change here.

      Comment by Jules – November 6, 2012 10:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Leah – November 6, 2012 11:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – November 7, 2012 12:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by Kate – November 7, 2012 04:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by Mary – November 7, 2012 05:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Well, elections are useless. Nothing new here.

          Comment by lilys87 – November 7, 2012 06:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by grace – November 7, 2012 07:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • 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.

            Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – November 7, 2012 02:23 PM PDT  
    • 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.

      Comment by GoGiants – November 7, 2012 07:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hmmm..Ambien?

    Comment by Anastasiabeaverhousen – November 6, 2012 11:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Meg – November 6, 2012 11:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • yessss….what was that??? super awkward when everyone called him out on it right away.

      Comment by fiyero – November 7, 2012 12:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by mia – November 7, 2012 12:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Was it Rick Mercer?

      Comment by TV Gord – November 7, 2012 12:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Lol sadly not. But it was Mark Critch, he’s very funny.

        Comment by mia – November 7, 2012 03:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As an American living in Australia i was switching between CNN & BBC.

    Comment by Keenan – November 7, 2012 02:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by Kim R – November 7, 2012 04:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!!!

      Comment by Jan – November 7, 2012 06:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Definetly agree with giving CNN’s John King the MVP…He was awesome, kind of reminded me of Tim Russert.

    Comment by Lindsey – November 7, 2012 05:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Katherine215 – November 7, 2012 08:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ditto that. I was consistently impressed with how on point he was (and how off balance Wolf Blitzer seemed in comparison).

      Comment by Adam Sorkin – November 7, 2012 08:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I applaud your captioning, well sir. Good comments :)

    Comment by annoying – November 7, 2012 05:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Shuayb – November 7, 2012 06:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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 :(

      Comment by Jan – November 7, 2012 06:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by SAR – November 7, 2012 08:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • There’s another excuse to pile on the heap. …And gerrymander as The Beaver.

          Comment by TV Gord – November 7, 2012 10:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • 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/

            Comment by beckstle – November 7, 2012 11:53 AM PDT  
          • 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.

            Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – November 7, 2012 02:25 PM PDT  
          • I agree with you on that, Chuck!

            Comment by TV Gord – November 8, 2012 08:07 AM PDT  
          • 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.

            Comment by TV Gord – November 8, 2012 08:11 AM PDT  
  • 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 :( :( :(

    Comment by Jan – November 7, 2012 06:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Tannty – November 7, 2012 04:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Angela – November 8, 2012 04:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Ross – November 7, 2012 07:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My favorite moment was when Brian Williams was talking about the twitter posts by Trump and ended with “ya… that happened.”

    Comment by Laura – November 7, 2012 08:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I watched Jon Stewart and then Stephen Colbert….I did tune into my regular Fox Station to see Shepard Smith :)

    Comment by Jessica – November 7, 2012 08:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I didn’t flip through the slideshow but no mention Trump raging on Twitter in the comments? Haha

    Comment by sabrina – November 7, 2012 09:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Timothy N. – November 7, 2012 09:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Chuck – November 7, 2012 09:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Temperence – November 7, 2012 01:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Worst was Brian Williams interviewing that Latino Democratic Mayor, and calling him a Republican while also asking him how Romney’s camp was feeling.

    Comment by Dan – November 7, 2012 10:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I watched CBS, their coverage was pretty good, although I could just close my eyes and listen to Scott Pelley – such a nice voice.

    Comment by Martin – November 7, 2012 10:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Michelle R. (@MsMichelleR) – November 7, 2012 12:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cant wait for SNL this weekend, they are going to have a field day

    Comment by James – November 7, 2012 01:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Maybe we’ll get some South Park fun out it as well?? LOL.

      Comment by Ali – November 8, 2012 06:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by tvdiva – November 8, 2012 05:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Ali – November 8, 2012 06:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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