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Balloon Boy a Publicity Stunt?

balloon-boyThe kid in a balloon story that kept America rapt yesterday may have been nothing more than a publicity stunt by his parents.

Falcon Heene was found safe at home in the attic – where he told CNN he was playing with toys and taking a nap. But it’s what he said when asked why he didn’t respond to his parents calling for him that puts into question the veracity of their story.

On Larry King Live last night, the boy said “You guys said we did this for the show.”

But when Wolf Blitzer (who is filling in for King) asked what he meant by that, father Richard Heene’s first response was that the child was talking about the media. When pressed by Blitzer to ask Falcon what HE meant by it, Heene refused and went off on a rant about how “appalled” he was by what the media was suggesting:

Now that you’ve watched that, a little perspective. For someone who is uncomfortable with being on TV, the Heenes not only volunteered for this interview with Blitzer but was on the show Wife Swap not once but TWICE.

The parents have vehemently denied they did this on purpose, and Blitzer said the police have agreed. But I know I wasn’t the only one thinking it when we heard the words Wife Swap. And when the child turned out to be sleeping in the attic, along with relief came a bit of suspicion that it worked out “so well.”

If it was for publicity, the Heenes did not put their child in any danger. But I can’t imagine the amount of money spent on the “search and rescue” mission that turned out to be useless.

Did you think the story was just a strange twist of events?

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