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Balloon Boy

Storytelling Lessons From the Boy in the Balloon

Celeste Ng | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Celeste Ng

I'm not sure what life-lessons we're supposed to learn from this whole crazy mess, but the episode of the boy in the balloon tells us a lot about what we want in stories, and how to tell a good one.

Before Balloon Boy: Famous Flying Kids' Crazy Contraptions (PHOTOS, POLL)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Six year-old Falcon Heene made big headlines with (what we thought was) his flight over Colorado in a silver, UFO-shaped balloon. But hang on a minut...

Balloon Boy Sheriff

Fort Collins Coloradoan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden on Saturday will be hosting his annual Christmas tree-trimming party. Called the "Apparently Annual Politically I...

Arianna Discusses Media Coverage Of Balloon Boy On CNN (VIDEO)

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Huff TV

Arianna appeared on CNN's The Situation Room Monday, along with Gloria Borger, Joe Johns and Ben Stein. She discussed media coverage of the Balloon Bo...

Today's National Poortrait: The Media

Lee Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Lee Camp

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Jiffy Pop Unveils Commemorative Balloon Boy Packaging

Roy Rivenburg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Roy Rivenburg

Coming soon to supermarket shelves -- Jiffy Pop collector edition popcorn. Heat it up on the stove and the package inflates into an exact replica of Falcon Heene's infamous helium balloon.

Richard Heene, Balloon Boy's Father, On The Defensive Over "Publicity Stunt" Accusations

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Since reuniting with his 6-year-old son Falcon, Richard Heene has been on the defensive over accusations that he staged his son's disappearance and tr...

Topical Humor!

August J. Pollak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
August J. Pollak

Clever humor about a current issue! Hooray! To see more of August J. Pollak's cartoon "Some Guy With a Website," check out the archive....

Media Blow 'Boy in Balloon' Story

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

Tragic story or hoax? The press and news agencies reported for over an hour that a boy was in the balloon, even though the only witness was a sibling who saw him climb inside.

BALLOON BOY CHARGES: Authorities Expect To Charge Balloon Boy Father Richard Heene (VIDEO)

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Authorities in Colorado say criminal charges are expected to be filed against Richard Heene, a storm-chasing father whose giant Mylar balloon ascended...

Balloon Boy Dad Begins Jail Sentence Monday

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The Colorado man who admitted orchestrating the balloon boy hoax reported to jail Monday to begin a 90-...

Jim Alderden, Ballon Boy Sheriff, Admits He May Have Misled Media: Was He Justified?

The Fort Collins Coloradoan | Nate Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

During the last two decades, the two largest law enforcement agencies in Fort Collins have deceived the public and media during investigations into hi...

Falcon's Aftermath: The Danger Was on the Ground

Jim Watkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jim Watkins

I would call in child protective services to look into the greedy, selfish, publicity-grasping response by the mother and dad to the whole thing, a response that clearly borders on being abusive.

Rubbernecking's Top Ten Pop Culture Moments of 2009

Holly Cara Price | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Holly Cara Price

Tom DeLay on Dancing With The Stars. This is one of those moments that's so grotesque you don't know whether to laugh or cry.

The Balloon Man Should Have Used a Puppy?

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

It might have been smarter for the media-crazed Heene to have simply threatened to send a puppy up in his balloon, and you can bet he'd have gotten a lot of media attention.

Jason Linkins

An Artist's Rendering Of The Balloon Boy Story

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If you happened to miss the whole story of Falcon Heene and the Runaway Wife Swap Zeppelin yesterday and don't have the time to run through my whole, ...

MSM vs. Digital in 2009: The Times' Brian Stelter Weighs in on Who Won the Big Stories

Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein

Who's on top, the MSM or Digital Media? Who's leading the discussion, why, and is it a good thing? To help us navigate this tricky landscape, we asked New York Times reporter Brian Stelter.

The New Epidemic: Entitlitus

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mark Olmsted

The desire for notoriety is as old as humanity; we confuse a lot of attention with a lot of love. But recently people seem to be unable to distinguish between wanting it and earning it.

Here We Wild Things Are

Rob Fishman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Rob Fishman

In lieu of an old-fashioned grounding, Falcon Heene's parents should indulge in some down-to-earth parenting, and take him to see Where the Wild Things Are this weekend.

2009 Gets Auto-Tuned: Kanye, Balloon Boy, Obama And More! (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

The auto-tune craze dominated 2009, so it's only fitting that the year itself faces the music. Watch as everything from Obama's fly swat to Christian ...

Reality TV Makes People Do the Darndest Things!

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Andy Ostroy

Reality television is a stain on our society and an insult to culture. It's dumbed-down television at its worst, lowest common-denominator.

Jimmy Kimmel's Security Guard Gets Trapped In A Helium Balloon (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

The country was riveted yesterday as cable news networks cut away from the president's discussion of rebuilding New Orleans to cover the "balloon boy"...

Balloon Boy Parents Richard And Mayumi Heene Headed To New York

nydailynews.com | By Judith Crosson in Fort Collins, Colorado and Rich Schapiro in New York | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The parents of the "Balloon Boy" will soon be landing in New York. Richard and Mayumi Heene were given the green light Friday to travel to the Empi...

How About a Little Coverage of the Millions of At-Risk Kids Not Trapped in a Balloon (or Hiding in the Attic)?

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Arianna Huffington

Who knew the media were so "deeply worried" about the welfare of children? As it turns out, their concern only extends to children in certain circumstances -- such as when they are thought to be in a runaway balloon.

Ellen's (Hilarious) Ideas For Kids Halloween Costumes (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Ellen knows the best way to viewers' hearts is to show some adorable kids. Here, some little ones show off their homemade Halloween costumes (most of ...