Balloon Boy Bust

October 19, 2009

At what point do we in the media say no to stories that are more sensational than newsworthy? In an effort to compete with other news organizations, we tend to air first and ask questions later. What is sensational video one moment can end up being not only suspect but staged.  So, the balloon boy frenzy ended up being just that – staged. A hoax. But what is more disturbing is that we – the media and the public – fed into a a case of possible child abuse. And that’s just wrong.