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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?

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.

Sheriff Alderden's Jokes Draw Ire

The Coloradoan | Adam Chodak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

A volunteer for the nonprofit Muslims Against Hunger group is not upset Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden plans to hold a Christmas tree-trimming pa...

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.

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!

It's Official: Heene Family Pleads Guilty To Influencing Official

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

AP: FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The Colorado parents accused of pulling a spectacular hoax by reporting their son was aboard a runaway balloon have...

Oct. 18, 2009, News Update

Richard Valeriani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Richard Valeriani

OCT. 18, 2009, NEWS UPDATE Senate Finance Committee approves sweeping health care reform bill by vote of 14-9 -- including, gasp, a Republican. Tha...

Richard Heene Facing Scrutiny Over "Hoax" Allegations

AP | P. SOLOMON BANDA and IVAN MORENO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — By all accounts, Richard Heene is an unapologetic self-promoter who would pursue all sorts of off-the-wall stunts to get m...

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.

Sheriff Jim Saves Chistmas, Guns and Solves Heene Balloon Hoax

Craig Alan Silverman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Craig Alan Silverman

When Falcon let loose the truth on prime time to Wolf Blitzer, even Barney Fife could have figured it out. By his own admission, that was the first moment the light came on for local Sheriff Jim Alderden.

Non-Stories: A Season Of False Starts For News Organizations

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — A balloon racing across the Colorado sky without a 6-year-old boy inside. A major lobbyist not changing its position on climate chang...

Heene Lawyer David Lane On Today Show: 'We're Left In The Dark"

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Update: 9News reports that charges will likely not be filed against the Heene Family until some time next week. Larimer County sheriff's spokeswom...

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-...

The Irrelevancy of Network News

Judith Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Judith Ellis

Arianna was right to question the networks about their "balloon boy" coverage. Does anybody really wonder why old media is becoming more irrelevant, while new media continues to pave a new path?

Balloon Boy Dad Says Case Convoluted

AP | DAN ELLIOTT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The story that a little boy had floated away in a giant helium balloon was a hoax concocted to land a reality television s...

Review of Boy In The Moon

Giles Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
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.

Falcon Heene: Balloon Boy, Wife Swap Son (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

(Scroll down for NEW Falcon, Richard and Ryo Heene PICTURES & Multiple Videos) Falcon Heene was, says KUSA and MSNBC, reportedly the boy stuck in a...

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...

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...

Balloon Boy Parents Acted Alone: Investigators

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Colorado couple Richard and Mayumi Heene acted alone when they fabricated a story about their son floating off in a runawa...

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.

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...

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.

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." ...

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...