This week we learned that, when it comes to inflating a non-story into a leads-the-news story, the media has learned nothing since Falcon Heene's transformation into Balloon Boy. But, of course, Balloon Boy's saga didn't put American lives at risk, as did the elevation of the nutty ramblings of a certain Florida-based pastor whose name I've promised to never mention again. Since when do we give a national platform to the delusional ranting of a screw-loose extremist with fewer than 50 followers? There's a guy in Belleview who thinks he's Napoleon, but no one was leading the political chat shows with his plans for 9/11. With an unnecessary war raging in Afghanistan, Americans still being killed in Iraq, and millions struggling to make ends meet here at home, it's time for the media to beam back from bizarro world and put the spotlight where it belongs.
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