Balloon boy charges will be filed soon, according to Colorado officials. Richard Heene, the father of the balloon boy, will be charged with at least a count of falsifying a report.
Then everything unraveled for Mr. Heene. Blitzer, who was a complete marshmallow during the interview, weakly followed-up on Falcon's comments but quickly backpedaled when the elder Heene
feigned expressed outrage that he question the validity of the event.
What Blitzer didn't do, the rest of the media did. Heene's appearance on the Today Show was a disaster and made the senior Heene look even worse by having his son appear on the show despite being visibly ill.
There was already talk, of course, that the whole balloon affair might have been a concocted media event before the Wolf Blitzer appearance because of Heene's history in and apparent love of the media -- including an appearance on the TV show "Wife Swap."
"We were looking at Class 3 misdemeanor, which hardly seems serious enough given the circumstances," Sheriff Alderden told reporters. "We are talking to the district attorney, federal officials to see if perhaps there aren't additional federal charges that are appropriate in this circumstance."