Bubble Boy

WTF?! moment of the day: MSNBC’s Ed Schultz interrupts his own demand that we focus like a laser beam on healthcare to question the wannabe psychic neighbor of the Balloon Boy.

**UPDATE: Then his next guest sort of points that out:

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  • SteveS

    To be honest, for those people concerned about the child's welfare, they could have just run a ticker at the bottom explaining the basics. But I believe the bottom line is they wanted to be able to say they were the first to cover it, with the most coverage.

    As for the voyeurism, I believe it's much like Ken intimated, people have this morbid fascination with seeing what happens in a situation like that, good or bad; sometimes especially when it's bad. It's like the people who slow down on the highway to see what happened when there's a wreck.

    • How far will the media go? If the boy HAD fallen, would they have shown the whole death scene?

  • sugarkat

    Oh, and now they're reporting the father called the media before he called the cops: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_13573057

    Yeah, I'm starting to think my cynicism and snarky comments were fully justified and not the sign I'm an evil psychopath who hates children.

    • Chayafradle

      I was cynical the minute I heard the boy hid in the closet…why wasn't the house searched BEFORE the couple million dollars were spent? But then, the boy in an interview said HE DID IT FOR A FILM. Any questions about what went on? When we call paramedics, we have to pay an arm and a leg…nearly literally. Not fair if these people don't have to pay the bill.

  • sugarkat
  • I was quite concerned for the child, and am relieved to hear he's ok – http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/10/15/colorado.boy.bal

    People please, don't leave filled weather balloons just floating about, especially if there are children around. I mean, sure, Lawn Chair Larry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Walters#Film) was funny for like, five minutes, and "Danny Deckchair" was an ok movie. But when children get involved and are endangered, it's no longer funny.

    • sugarkat

      According to one news report I read, his parents had participated in that horrid network reality show, "Wife Swap".

      Once I saw that, I wasn't terribly concerned. The kid had already survived much, much worse.

  • … unless they had footage of a child falling 8,500 feet to his death.

  • Yeah, why are they still covering this? I mean… isn't there an attractive co-ed missing or murdered?

  • David

    "No one wants to see a boy fall 8,500 feet to his death. That's why it was covered."

    Say what?

  • Dave

    Actually, Ed Shultz is an MSNBC host. I only mention it because as a political satirist, I thought you'd know. 🙂

    In all seriousness, I'm a huge fan of Candorville and I've recommended it to my family and friends. 😀

    • Talking head overload. Unless it's on Fox "News," it's all the same to me.