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Published:October 16th, 2009 10:10 EST
Video: Balloon Boy Saga Captivates Nation

Video: Balloon Boy Saga Captivates Nation

By Robert Paul Reyes


"A six-year-old boy thought to have been carried away by a helium balloon in Colorado was in fact hiding in a box in an attic at home, an official has said.

Police had been searching for the boy after his brother said he thought Falcon had taken off with the balloon.

The drama was played out on TV, with US networks devoting their airtime to live footage of the balloon over Colorado." Read More

Richard Heene, a storm chaser and a self-described scientist, and his family enjoyed their fifteen minutes of fame in the reality show "Wife Swap."

The unreal ambience of a reality show can be addictive; it`s not unusual for fame-seeking individuals to appear in more than one reality show.

Did Heene miss the spotlight so much that he set up an elaborate hoax that captivated the nation and the world for a couple of hours?

The cable news networks fell for this hoax "hook, line and sinker", devoting saturation coverage to this publicity ploy. Any guy on the street could have provided more professional coverage than the Fox News anchors and reporters. A typical New Yorker would have told the viewers: This is a damn hoax, ain`t no kid in that balloon!

An intelligent person who watches the video at the bottom of this article can only come to the conclusion that Heene engineered a publicity stunt. Heene should be forced to pay for the rescue effort that involved helicopters and many police officers.

Watch the video and decide for yourselves.