Balloon Boy’s dad is the product of our ‘hopelessly scrambled’ culture

Don’t blame Richard Heene, father of the Balloon Boy, for exploiting his family to find fame and fortune, Frank Rich wrote in Sunday’s The New York Times . Blame our culture. “Heene is the inevitable product of this reigning culture, where ‘news,’ ‘reality’ television and reality itself are hopelessly scrambled and the warp-speed imperatives of cable-Internet competition allow no time for fact checking,” Rich said. Related Associated Press Sheriff in Balloo…

To read the full story, log in.
Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content.
Sign up today

Already a member? Log in here.
Learn more about Ragan Insider.