"Balloon Boy Hoax": What If It Is?
Lots of people are wondering if the whole Balloon Boy story was really just a Balloon Boy hoax. What's interesting to me is that this wasn't considered a possibility in the mainstream media from the moment it was discovered that there indeed was no boy in the balloon. Falcon Heene was found unharmed in his family's attic, which begs two questions: why didn't the family search the house before initiating a countywide search-and-rescue mission, and what are the ramifications if this turns out to be a hoax? The short answer is that the Heene family would have to pay for all that effort, and helicopters arent' cheap. Indeed, Falcon Heene's own response to Wolf Blitzer's questioning suggested the possiblitiy of a hoax. The video below discusses the scenario, though I suggest switching your Shrill Filter to the "on" position.
MyFoxDetroit.com blogger Rita Schultz posted, "I believe the boy in the balloon was a hoax. Sounds like they love the spotlight now that they have been on a reality show and just trying to get more publicity now."
So if the story proves to be a hoax, what kind of legal ramifications would it hold for the Heene parents?
He's right, but, in the future, when your mic'ed and on camera, the people on the other side of the country can hear you. It's the magic of television. You don't have to yell.