The nation was captured by the saga of the Balloon Boy on Thursday, October 15th. Falcon Heene, a 6-year-old in Colorado, was thought to have taken to the skies in a homemade hot air balloon. But now the whole situation is being called the Falcon Heene hoax.
In an interview on CNN with the entire Heene family, Wolf Blitzer asked little Falcon why he didn’t come out of the attic when his parents were calling for him. The reply? “You guys said we did this for the show,” says Falcon to his parents. And so we have the Falcon Heene hoax.
The sheriff is now investigating the remark, which could end very badly for Falcon’s parents if it turns out to have merit. The search and rescue effort yesterday to save the boy probably cost millions, a sum not deserving in the case of a Falcon Heene hoax.
Of course, a Falcon Heene hoax is perhaps poorly named. If this is true it will be an epic parenting fail.