First, there was a flying balloon with a boy in it. Then the balloon landed, but there was no boy. Then aerodynamics/ balloon experts said the balloon could never have carried the boy anyway.
Then there was a basket which had been possibly attached to the balloon with the boy in it – and it was caught on tape falling off. (That is to say, it was either a basket, they said, or a speck of dust on the camera). Then the experts said maybe the balloon could carry a boy after all.
Then there was no basket either, and the boy (Falcon Heene) was all along in his own home.
Meanwhile, the National Guard had been called in, helicopters and special aircraft were operating rescue missions,TV cameras were following the balloon every second on live TV and the experts were gabbing nonstop, even if they were contradicting each other and themselves every few minutes.
If this does not make any sense to you, well, it doesn’t to me either. But this is the sum total of four hours of non-stop, breathless reporting all afternoon by both CNN and MSNBC. Balloon boy (in various forms) was also trending #1, 2, 3 and 4 on Twitter, and I’m sure millions of hours of productivity was lost today by people watching TV at work.
Sigh. Does this country have nothing better to focus on? Why is it that we don’t find the health care debate (or any other serious issue) as riveting as a balloon boy who wasn’t ?