Balloon Boy

Suddenly, live on national television yesterday, our collective, inner, 6-year-old boy was stirred to life. Who wouldn’t want to be floating free, up in the air with the birds, on a Thursday afternoon? Who wouldn’t want to do all of that with a name like Falcon?

Perhaps we’re well past the point of expecting cable news to check the veracity of the scenario, that a thin-skinned, sealed, relatively small helium balloon listing and bobbing through the air with little evidence of a ~50-pound load on board could actually carry a small boy, but it was fun while it lasted.

Today, the evidence is stacking up against the boy’s father, Richard Heene. Apparently he was there when the balloon launched yesterday.

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And after watching the bizarre Today Show interview this morning — wherein Richard dismisses the notion that it was hoax as young Falcon vomits twice — it just doesn’t pass the smell test.

Whatever happens, I’m sure we’ll be able to watch it live on CNN, MSNBC, or Fox News.