Falcon Heene: “You guys said we did this for the show!”

Via the New York Times and Mashable I learned that back stateside there has been a little bit of scandal raised in that story of the Balloon Boy (Falcon Heene).

I just caught the piece through one of these news blurbs that we’re bombarded by even if you don’t any surfing. Maybe it was on Yahoo.

A 6-year-old boy allegedly let one of his father’s weather tracking balloons loose out of his yard. The thing went flying off. So the kid hides.

As the story goes, the parents are frantic. They go yelling and yelling for the kid. Then, apparently, they have some sort of local government rescue operation put on the tail of the balloon.

It turns out the kid isn’t in it, because he was hiding in an attic. He says, he was afraid his father, Richard Heene, would yell at him.

So in a news cycle or two, it’s a big human interest story.

Some evidence now indicates, though, that Balloon Boy’s story is a fake.

Wolf Blitzer interviews the family on CNN. During the interview, the son is asked why he didn’t come out of hiding when the father and mother were calling. The kid says to his father, “You guys said we did it for the show!”

Hmmmmm . . . .

The amount of skepticism we have to employ in almost anything to do with politics, or business promises, or even sports (with all the performance enhancement drug scandals).

Now, it seems, even the heart-warming, happy ending stories have to be tested in the crucible.

Thanks, Richard and Mayumi Iizuka Heene [ – *], for adding to everyone’s skepticism about anything going on nowadays.

I guess we’re all the big suckers and you guys just tell us whatever you like.


[ * – not to be confused with Mayumi Iizuka who is the voice actress and singer here in Japan. ]

2 thoughts on “Falcon Heene: “You guys said we did this for the show!”

  1. http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/topics/news/20091017-OHT1T00044.htm

    I don’t know how long Japanese news services leave their internet-based news reports up, but the gig is up even in Japan this morning:

    “Falcon – kun” (kun is the “san” for young boys) is reported as saying:


    “didn’t you say that we did it for the show?”

    I can’t help but have Boz Scaggs’ “Lido Shuffle” lyrics in the back of my mind . . .

  2. Balloon Boy a hoax: New York Times

    Hard to see how The Law wasn’t on these folks after that CNN interview. You would have to be really dense not to conclude that the kid spilled the beans before he started throwing up the next day on cue.

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