BuzzFeed Staff Taking Shots of Alcohol During Live Election Coverage

The BuzzFeed staff is getting its election buzz on Tuesday night.

During the site’s live Twitter coverage of the 2016 presidential race, anchor Tracy Clayton and other BuzzFeed staffers were chugging booze to the delight of the live audience at the company’s New York headquarters as they awaited early polling results from key battleground states like Florida and Georgia.

President Barack Obama had appeared moments before in a taped segment telling the millennial-driven website that no matter who wins — Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump — “The sun will rise tomorrow morning,” he said, which prompted Clayton to take a swig of liquor to ease the pain.

Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed, told Variety last week that the company wanted to boost its credibility in the hard news space by covering election night.

“We’ve been obsessing about this election for years,” he said about its inaugural “Election Night Live” coverage, which also featured live analysis, polling results and an interview with former GOP candidate Ben Carlson.

Smith: “At BuzzFeed there’s a sense of biting off more than you can chew, and that’s energizing.”

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