Friday, October 16, 2009

Balloon Boy's Lie Detector Goes Off On Today Show

I feel badly for 6 year old Falcon Heene (aka "Balloon Boy"). His parents are doing the poor little guy no favors by subjecting him to repeated live interviews about the "incident" yesterday.

First he created a mild uproar last night when he explained on Larry King Live, "Um, you guys said, that, um, we did this for the show." Then this morning, just hours later, he vomited into a plastic container when his father, Richard, was asked on the "Today" show what he meant by that quote. (That clip is embedded below.) And when asked the same question during ABC's "Good Morning America" within minutes, Falcon said,"Mom, I feel like I'm going to vomit" and then left the room and could be heard gagging.
If he weren't so young, I would think the "reverse peristalsis lie detector" is actually pretty funny. (If you could please just hold this Tupperware bowl under your chin while we ask you a few questions....)
But he is very young and that makes a big difference to me. What were his parents thinking when they had the little guy sit for the second live interview this morning after already throwing up once? It almost seems like they're becoming increasingly desperate as Falcon unwittingly digs them into a deeper and deeper hole with each subsequent "explanation."

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