Thursday, October 15, 2009

Balloon Boy: Another Triumph for Journalism

Journalism claims another trophy today with its fantastic reporting of the now falsely-proven "Balloon Boy" story, where a 6-year-old boy in Colorado supposedly floated into the clouds above Colorado after climbing into and untying a homemade balloon from his back yard.

The story instantly dominated all American news coverage while we all watched in horror as the balloon flew across the sky and eventually landed in a field, but what's the best part?

Balloon Boy was never actually IN the balloon.

Nope, Balloon Boy was found later in his own HOME. Yep.

So Journalism: you got got. Again.

Now, granted, you took information you received from authorities and relayed that to us, but the only problem with that is: it was WRONG. Factually incorrect. And it is your responsibility, as the public's watchdog, to report only the facts.

There were no "allegedly"s or "reportedly"s. That boy was IN that balloon, and I bought it.

Not cool.

Next time a story comes in that sounds like a plot from the most recent Disney-Pixar movie, maybe you should do some followup before you get the American public in an unnecessary tizzy.

The good news is I think I've got a great Halloween costume idea!

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iamrobyn said...

My favorite line of this post: "you got got"

Well done! I love BB references.