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Colorado Sheriff: “Balloon Boy” Was A Hoax Designed Promote A Reality Show

by @ 1:17 pm on October 18, 2009. Filed under Dumbasses, In The News


The truth is coming out:

FORT COLLINS. Colo. – A sheriff said he was pursuing criminal charges in Colorado’s “balloon boy” saga, which he described Sunday as a hoax to generate publicity for a reality TV show.

Deputies searched the home of the boy’s parents Saturday night, carrying away several boxes and a computer.

“Needless to say they put on a very good show for us,” said Sheriff Jim Alderden in a news conference Sunday. He said the first clues of the hoax came during the family’s interview by Wolf Blitzer on CNN Thursday night. The young boy said “you said we did this for a show” when asked why he didn’t come out of his hiding place.

Falcon got sick during two separate TV interviews Friday when asked again why he hid.

Throw the book at both parents as far as I’m concerned.

One Response to “Colorado Sheriff: “Balloon Boy” Was A Hoax Designed Promote A Reality Show”

  1. Let's Be Free says:

    My father was a gadly and publicity hound when I was a child, shy and the youngest of three children. I recall very clearly being scared and embarassed by the prospect of one of his schemes, sneaking off and hiding for hours, until the police were called out and eventually found me. This was nothing more than a parent going one way while a kid went another, which is perfectly normal in most families — nothing criminal about it.

    What we appear to have now is a sheriff who decided he didn’t like a publicity scheme that went awry now looking for a crime to fit the facts. This is the antithesis of what ought to be happening in a free society. If the authorities want to debate whether the adults ought to be responsible for expenses that is one thing, but making these folks out to be criminals is something else.

    A pox on the houses of everyone who wants to use the criminal justice system and threats of taking the children away to pull this family down and apart. Your reactions are shameful.

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