Balloon Boy Farts on Larry King
I was just as immersed as everybody in the Falcon Heene Balloon Boy story today. There is just something about the idea of a kid floating away in an experimental hot air balloon that gets the masses interested. The media today covered it like the OJ chase, it reminded people of “Up!” – Even before I knew the “Wife Swap” details I was interested.
Everybody was happy, even Jon Stewart, to hear the kid lived. Then everybody became skeptical when it turned out to be a “the crazy family” from the reality showWife Swap behind the stunt. It only took Emmy award winning journalist Wolf Blitzer to ask 1 question to Falcon for the hoax to be revealed.
The series of events is priceless here, in the clip below, starting at exactly the :18 second mark, right up to the :45 – Wolf Blitzer, the boy, the father, the fart, the mom – the whole scene should mark the end of TV journalism as we know it. Anything after today is Post Falcon.
A 6-year old son of a reality star, farts on national TV as he admits to the country and the entire media that the whole thing was a reality TV plot. The media world has turned in on its head, reality TV is now conducting reality.
Another example of how far journalism and information media has fallen. Last week Arianna Huffington was on CNN, talking about the Afghanistan War, when CNN cut to “Breaking News” that Rush Limbaugh failed to buy the St. Louis Rams. Was there not a time when war was the “breaking news?” – Coincidentally, Arianna Huffington was suppose to be on TV again today to talk about the Afghanistan War but again, that conversation was put on hold for round-the-clock balloon boy coverage… Look at how pissed the TV anchor gets here when Huffington brings up the idea that there is “too much” balloon boy discussion going on, TV journalists are pussies, this guy knows Afghanistan is more worthy topic of conversation then another hour dedicated to “wife swap.”