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Finding The Good in Balloon Boy Backlash

October 19, 2009

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Balloon Boy’s family may have tried to deceive us, but there was nothing fake about the concern strangers around the world had a for the  little six-year-old they thought was in danger.

Work places were stilled.

My facebook page was filled with status reports that showed real care.

It may have been a hoax but the prayers were 100 percent genuine.

That’s the Starring in Your Own Life Lesson I got from The Adventures of Balloon Boy.

The news is filled with so many stories of man’s inhumanity to man and too often I see evidence of it in my own life.  That’s why I’m always looking for heroes.

I found them in the millions of people who wanted nothing but the safe return of Falcon Henne.

The blogosphere has expressed concern that the next time a child is missing, the Balloon Boy incident will slow the reaction time of law enforcement.

That would be a crime, but based on all the police I’ve met as a reporter, that’s unlikely.

Balloon backlash is more likely to be compassion fatigue; the chilling of our hearts the next time there is news of a child imperiled.

If we let that happen, the hoaxer wins.

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