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15 October 2009

CNN Breaking News updates are breaking my brain.
I will now transcribe, in its entirety, the CNN Breaking News flash that was sent to my inbox just minutes ago: "A 6-year-old climbed into a balloon-like experimental aircraft built by his parents and floated into the Colorado sky."

I can't quite decide if this story needs closure, or if it's perfect as is.
I just watched them poke holes in the balloon and find no child. I'm astonished the distance that it traveled. I assume this is going to mean quite a search for a body.

posted by dhartung 15 October | 14:43
I just hope it means he jumped out before it took off...please, please let that be the case....
posted by typewriter 15 October | 15:13
OK, that sucks. It sounded much more whimsical in one sentence summary form.

Goddamn CNN...
posted by Atom Eyes 15 October | 15:26
What a terrifying experience for a young child. I hope they find him alive.
posted by LoriFLA 15 October | 15:45 thinks he was never inside the balloon -- it wouldn't provide enough lift.

They did go by the eyewitness account of a child. Hopefully this was just a misunderstanding and not something like a publicity stunt.
posted by dhartung 15 October | 15:53
Such lack of news value is the reason why I unsubscribed from CNN's Breaking News feed.
posted by Ardiril 15 October | 15:59
[[ They did go by the eyewitness account of a child. ]]

"We're going to put an A.P.B. out on Big Bird."
posted by Joe Beese 15 October | 16:03
It takes a village to raise a child who doesn't get into experimental aircraft, and also a village to educate the other children to give reliable testimony about the experimental aircraft curious children they know.

In a related story,

posted by Lipstick Thespian 15 October | 16:40
Guess we've got closure now.
posted by Joe Beese 15 October | 17:54
My boyfriend had a completely fantastic up-to-the-minute event coverage on Twitter that had me in stitches:

"Linda, is it possible that pedophiles on Myspace told Falcon Heene how to launch the balloon so they could capture him for sexual torture?"

"Maria, can you tell us why Falcon Heene was found safe at home when we all saw him crash and die on live TV? Is this the work of Satan?"
posted by rhapsodie 15 October | 19:26
Closure, or cover up?
posted by pompomtom 15 October | 20:05
Good god. The freaking cable news media are doing very well at making us massively dumber all the time.
posted by Miko 15 October | 21:35
And now the kid says "You guys said ... we did this for a show?"

And the older brother was seen videotaping the take-off and possibly Falcon getting into the device. This seemed quite odd to me when I heard it earlier.

Dumber than I could have imagined, Miko. We're doomed.
posted by dhartung 15 October | 22:18
As always, Miko said it.
posted by Eideteker 15 October | 22:25
As always, Miko said it.

posted by occhiblu 15 October | 22:52
The freaking cable news media are doing very well at making us massively dumber all the time

Who's this 'us'?
posted by pompomtom 15 October | 23:00
rhapsodie - your boyfriend is damned funny.
posted by deborah 16 October | 01:30
I wonder, in this b2b world where we now live, whether cable news networks have ad time auction websites for such spontaneous events.

"Adding 2 minutes ad time, 10:30 am - 10:45 am, reserve price: $5,000 per 30 seconds. Auction ending 10:20 am."
posted by Ardiril 16 October | 01:55
Awesome image, pompomtom!
posted by halonine 16 October | 11:33
I'm just a squirrel, trying to get... zzzz.... || Pretty dancing