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Bruce Jenner and 4 other groundbreaking interviews by Diane Sawyer
The Internet and the world of social media is blowing up after former Olympian Bruce Jenner told Diane Sawyer that he identifies as a woman. Blogs, hashtags and commentary have made the event into perhaps one of the most popular interview specials in Sawyer's career.
According to an Opinion Outpost poll of with roughly 2,000 respondents, 56 percent of people have either seen clips of the interview or the entire thing. The report has even sparked a #PaintYourNailsForBruce campaign for Jenner via social media, according to ABC News. The movement started after Jenner told Sawyer that one of his driving goals was to have his nail polish on long enough to see it chip off.
The event has represented a step toward progress for many in the transgender community, and it's just one more important event Sawyer now has under her belt.
There are dozens of shocking interviews Sawyer has conducted over the years. Take a look back at some of her best work.
Sitting down with Saddam - 1990
Sawyer had the rare opportunity to interview Saddam Hussein in 1990, at the very beginning of the Gulf War. Sitting just feet away from a man who would be hunted down by U.S. forces and executed in Iraq decades later, they discussed his thoughts on Joseph Stalin, his presidency in a third-world country and other issues. This was the first time the dictator spoke to media officials from the Western world in roughly 10 years, according to The Huffington Post.
Meeting with Michael Jackson - 1995
Two years after pop legend Michael Jackson was accused of child molestation, he agreed to sit down in an interview with one journalist specifically - Diane Sawyer. That interview attracted some 60 million viewers, according to The Huffington Post, and may have been the most popular interview of the summer.
General Ri Chan Bok - 2006
Few outsiders ever set foot into the enigmatic land of North Korea, let alone a journalist broadcasting his or her meetings. In 2006, Sawyer was issued a visa into the country and requested to sit down to interview General Ri Chan Bok - a military official with decades of experience being in charge of the 2.5-mile-long demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, according to ABC News.
He told Sawyer that war would would be inevitable on the Korean peninsula if sanctions weren't lifted on the country, explaining that North Korea could use nuclear weapons.
President Barack Obama - 2013
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Still today, outside of the Jenner interview, Sawyer continues to be one of the go-to authorities in the journalism world and one of the most influential interviewers. Perhaps the greatest sign of this was her interview with the president in 2013, concerning his stance on conducting military strikes in Syria. With national security concerns and fears that Syria would become another battleground for U.S. troops, Sawyer helped shed light on an issue many Americans were confused about.