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Time for the Boulez Blimp?

Albert Imperato | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Albert Imperato

In the post-O.J. media age, the bar has been raised and us classical music promoters are going to have to jump a bit higher to get people's attention. Boluez Blimps. DiDonato Dirigibles.

Richard Heene Cries During Apology In Court (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

An emotional Richard Heene broke out in tears Wednesday morning as he apologized for perpetrating a hoax that caught the nation's attention, and could...

Cartoon: The Balloon Goes ... Down

Shan Wells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Shan Wells

Climate change, health care, multiple wars, the economy, and we are treated to 24/7 coverage of ... this.

Jason Linkins

Media's Balloon Boy Coverage Filled With More Hot Air Than Actual Balloon

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

As details emerge, we learn more about how Richard Heene has a thing for hoaxes, which raises the specter that it was the media, not a six-year old child, that was taken for a ride. Not that it matters!

When a Hot Air Balloon Flies on Empty

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert J. Elisberg

When we see the major news breaking in with non-stop reporting on a balloon spacecraft from a family on Wife Swap, the failures of the media become clear.

When the Line Between News and Entertainment Blurs

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lance Simmens

Last week the nation sat captivated by the apparent news of a wayward helium balloon squiring a six-year-old boy towards the heavens while a helpless ...

ABC News Takes Balloon Boy Family To Sushi

TMZ | Posted Nov 17th 2009 1:10PM by TMZ Staff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

We got the entire Balloon Family out for a fabulous sushi dinner at Ocean Grill in NYC. Sources told TMZ that ABC paid the tab. We contacted ABC an...

Media Fight Breaks Out Outside Of Heene Home (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Those members of the media who are still actively covering the "balloon boy" saga are not going out without a fight. Literally. As the footage below s...

Howl-oween Pet Costume Party Full of Canine Celebrities

Wendy Diamond | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wendy Diamond

Everyone from Scooby Doo to Princess Fiona to Elvis had a tail-wagging good time at Animal Fair's 9th Annual Howloween Costume Party, which benefited the Humane Society of New York.

Do the Balloon People Have a Right to Publicity?

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

The boy in the balloon or, as it were, the boy not in the balloon, is a publicity stunt which has many people outraged, questioning the sanity of the ...

Richard Heene, 'Balloon Boy' Father

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Richard Heene, the father of 'Balloon Boy' Falcon Heene, may never have been in a media circus before, but he is, apparently, no stranger to adventure...

Frank Rich: In Defense Of The Balloon Boy Dad

New York Times | FRANK RICH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

For a country desperate for good news, the now-deflated "balloon boy" spectacle would seem to be the perfect tonic. As Wolf Blitzer of CNN summed up t...

Balloon Boy Saga's Predecessor Was Edgar Allan Poe's Fake Balloon Story In 1884

The Morning Delivery | Bill Lucey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Now that we know we've all been hoodwinked into believing six-year old Falcon Heene might have been in the runaway helium balloon, it is worth noting ...

Boy In Balloon: 6-Year-Old Floats Away In "Homemade Flying Saucer" (LIVE VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

(AP) FORT COLLINS, Colo. - A 6-year-old boy was found hiding in a cardboard box in his family's garage attic Thursday after being feared aboard a home...

Balloon Boy Rescue Team Destroyed Family's Wheat Crop (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

TMZ is reporting that a family's livelihood may have been destroyed when rescuers trampled a wheat field while chasing the balloon thought to be carry...

Richard Heene Tells Larry King That 'Balloon Boy' Saga Was Not A Hoax

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Fresh off a 90-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to influencing a public official, Richard Heene--the infamous father in the 'Balloon Boy' saga-...

Think Again: It's a Bird. It's a Plane. It's...Cable News

Eric Alterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Alterman

Not long ago, cable news cameras turned their focus skyward to an almost celestial body hurling itself across the sky. Was it a bird? Was it a plane? No, it was a hoax.

Laura Ingraham Rips Cable's 'Balloon Boy' Coverage: "Puts Egg On All Of Our Faces" (AUDIO)

Huffington Post | Nick Sabloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Cable news networks' rather breathless coverage of the 'balloon boy' saga has come in for its share of media criticism from across the political spect...

Review of Boy In The Moon

Giles Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Giles Slade

The understanding of life we're given is always insufficient, but we can still expand it while acquiring and experiencing pleasure, warmth and reward.

Why I Have Some Empathy for Balloon Boy's Dad

Norman Lear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Norman Lear

Did any of the networks wonder, while scraping the bottom of the news barrel, if creating a climate that mistakes entertainment for news seduced the Heenes into believing they're entitled to their 15 minutes?

Heene Family Reality Show: Pitched To TLC

tmz.com | Posted Oct 16th 2009 1:05PM by TMZ Staff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

TMZ has learned the Heene family has been pitching a reality show about the wacky family, as one TV source put it, "all over town."...

Holiday Songfest: It's Another Ho-Ho-Horowitz Christmas!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Jingle Bells // Sarah sells // Now she's got a book // Truth? Or lies? // While she tries and tries // To be worth a second look. // Oh, the weather outside is frightful // And the GOP is spiteful

Storytelling Lessons From the Boy in the Balloon

Celeste Ng | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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...