Skip to comments.Balloon boy: hoax rumours as Falcon Heene says 'we did this for the show'
Posted on 10/16/2009 2:58:55 AM PDT by GoldStandard
Speculation is mounting that the story of six-year-old American boy Falcon Heene who was feared to have floated away on a home-made weather balloon was a hoax organised by his family to gain publicity.
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Watching the kid’s video on Youtube told me all I need to know about their upbringing. The parents are nuts and I wouldn’t put this past them.
IMHO this child has no idea what is real and what is ‘show’.
Time for the father to give up his dream of fame and fortune and give his kids a normal family life.
Uh oh. Looks like dad is going to have to actually work for a living.
His two brothers were up on the roof with their cam corder and they were recording it for a “show.” He was talking about their show.
The media outlets that aired this nonsense (and were derelict in discerning the veracity of this story) are utter ——s, and hypocrites in the wake of “BALLOON BOY.”
They are fools beyond belief: but according to their self-importance- blameless.
Is that the latest official Henee family spin?
I just watched the video. If that would have been my dad, he would have stopped the video and took everyone of them to the cellar. It would not have been pretty.
They need to make the family pay for all the rescue expenses and toss mom and dad in jail.
“The media outlets that aired this nonsense (and were derelict in discerning the veracity of this story) are utter s, and hypocrites in the wake of BALLOON BOY.
They are fools beyond belief: but according to their self-importance- blameless.”
Well said. I however just don’t know what to say. I just (foolishly) sat with my mouth hanging open as an idiot on cnn desperately tried to explain how the stimulus was “working”.
The media outlets that aired this nonsense were derelict in discerning the veracity of this story.
The drive-by media is alive and well. Idiots all. I would be ashamed to show my face on TV as a media person. They’ve been skunked by a 6 yr. old and his brothers.
CNN: The Most BUSTED name in news.
Actually, this story is hilarious for that very reason.
A 6 yr. old punked them all!
Haaaaaah! Love it.
Lets see...this family was on a reality type tv show.
The boys were filming for their “show”.
What do we have to look forward to from Jon and Kate’s kids?
The boy was hiding in the attic after getting scolded earlier for being in the basket.
I’ll bet 0bama is looking for a balloon czar.
Because it was?
I’ll give Shepard Smith credit: He did say that the boy was likely hiding under his own bed.
Shep would know. He’s been under the bed before.
After the balloon floated away, the boy apparently fled to the family's garage, climbing a pole into the rafters and hiding in a cardboard box
If true, how is the incident a hoax? ...intentional deception.
I thought Shep hid in the closet?
What do you expect the father to say if it was really a hoax? “Yeah, we tricked you guys good with our false police report, ha ha ha”?
Shepard Smith was especially precious.
Shep hid in the closet because there wasn’t a public bath house nearby.
Have you seen the boys “rap” video?
This wacky family named their son “Falcon.” Wonder if they wanted him to soar in the sky.
I agree- this remark to me meant the kids were playing at putting on a show, not that the parents planned this.
Reminds me of stunts my siblings and I might have done when we were kids. Especially if we saw Disney movies like “Up”
They just happen to be videoing at the moment the balloon 'accidentally' gets away. ...the hubby is acting all mad and the wife is seen with a big smile, almost laughing as the balloon takes off.
And dad seems all too eager to be in front of as many cameras as possible.
Fox new poll asking if the Heenes should pay for emergency services. 51% say yes, 43% say maybe; yes if an investigaton shows it to be a hoax. Public opinion is not good!
A balloon that size could’nt lift more than 10lbs. The father knew that, therefore the kid could not be in the balloon, and the father held back that info. Total Hoax!
Balloon Boy is a hoax.
Balloon boy dad will be sued by government agencies inolved in the search.
Balloon boy dad will have a book written about him and a made for TV movie, where he will have the income to pay off the lawsuits.
Balloon boy dad will be charged with misdemeanor filing of false police report.
Balloon boy story will occupy all of the weekend news shows and generate ratings boosts.
Balloon boy story will detract from the real story of Obama taking over our healthcare, which Obama will highly appreciate.
I agree something about all of this is off. And the father seems like a real jerk.
After I found out that this family is going to be on Wife Swap it just makes this whole affair seem suspicious. The family should pay all expenses for the emergency services that had to waste their time on this crap.
Who names their poor kid Falcon?
It is easy to work things out in hindsight. At that time the vital information did not seem to be given out by the family. This was to the effect, that was the whole thing enveloping the helium gas? It was that sort of bucket shape at the bottom that still (but maybe has), not been identified properly. A story was put out that a basket had been attached to the balloon. Even someone thought they saw something fall. An immense effort was made by search and rescue people. If it was part of the whole thing, then the helium would have escaped on any entry.
Lastly, I heard Glen Beck call the man who rushed in with a spade as a "dufus". I presume the man wanted to puncture the balloon so it could not be dragged by any wind. Beck is one of those who stands by. Mark that I do not mention any favourable political views he has. Just that he knows all- in retrospect.
The male parent is a combination turd & attention whore, the female parent is a compliant enabler, and the children are screwed up for life.
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