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What lesson to derive from the Balloon Boy hoax?

Six-year-old Falcon Heene smiles as he is surrounded by reporters on the lawn of his house in Fort Collins, Colorado Oct. 15, 2009.

First the media circus about the sensational Balloon Boy, and now the media hoopla about the moral lesson to be learned from the hoax. What's next?

As Ed McCoy suggested to The Gleaner, a careful scrutiny of the news media's recent efforts certainly revealed that a major flaw in news presentation was a growing emphasis on entertainment rather than information, and on sensationalism rather than significance.

This flaw may be destroying society's moral structures and eroding its loftier goals, he warned.

Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden disclosed that documents showed that a media outlet had agreed to pay the Heenes for the show that had blurred "the line between entertainment and news."

Robert Thomas, a collaborator with Richard Heene, revealed that Heene was planning a media stunt to promote the show.

The Heenes could possibly land in jail for several years, not only for cheating, but also for setting a bad example for their young children.

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 Source : Xinhua  Editor: Ivy
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