In his "we were fooled" speech yesterday, now-temporarily famous Larimer County, Colorado, Sheriff Jim Alderman said his team is investigating the possibility "that ... some of the media outlets may have had some knowledge about this." Documents, presumably found in the Heene home, show that one outlet offered money in connection with the balloon incident, but it's not yet clear whether it was before or after the hoax occurred. It's perfectly conceivable that outlets were scrambling to be the first to buy the rights to this story once Falcon was "found" "sleeping" "in a box in the attic," but there are probably plenty of media companies shady enough to have conspired on the whole hoax. For example: those reality-TV-show production companies to whom networks (like ABC, with Wife Swap) and cable channels (like VH1, with that Megan Wants a Murderer show) outsource their casting and common sense. Though, also, at one point in this saga, we heard Richard Heene refer to the network who did Wife Swap as "CBS, I guess," which was odd, but we wouldn't put it past Heene to forget the name of the network that got him closest to fame. He'd had a long couple of days.
Most Viewed Stories
Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Was Never Going to Be Easy. But Did It Have to Get This Hard?
John Oliver Asks, ‘How Is This Not a Thing?’; Consequently, He Has Several Intense Responses to Several Great Things That Don’t Exist But Should
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Is Reportedly in Trouble
Soon It Will Suck to Be Donald Trump
A Rome Woman’s Ex-Boyfriend Burned Her Alive, While Passersby Did Nothing to Help
Most Anti-POW Candidate in History Embraced by Pro-POW Rally
Game of Thrones Recap: Moral Victories
The Bachelorette Recap: The Rise of Chad
Talking Pregnancy and Prostate Stimulation With Ali Wong
The College Senior Whose Birth Control Killed Her Sex Drive
Latest News from Daily IntelligencerDonald Trump Tells Media It Should Be Ashamed for Holding Him Accountable
Trump explained that when he says he donated money to veterans' groups, the media’s job is to believe him, thank him, and ask no further questions.Take a Peek Into 10 Hudson Yards, the New Neighborhood’s First Shiny Skyscraper to Open for Business
Its big tenant, Coach, just moved in.Can Trump Win the Horse-and-Buggy Set?
Surely the strangest missionary effort for Team Trump is a new PAC formed to boost voting among the Amish of Pennsylvania and Ohio.Intrepid Reporter Demands Donald Trump Take a Stance on When Zoos Should Use Deadly Force Against Gorillas
The most important decision every president must make is how to feel, on a personal level, when the Cincinnati Zoo shoots a gorilla to protect a small child.Donald Trump Is Making All (Republican) Politics Local Again
Purple-state GOP senators are keeping their messages focused on local, non-ideological concerns.Secret Service Grabs Bernie Sanders As Protesters Charge Barriers at Oakland Rally
Members of the animal-rights group Direct Action Everywhere.Burying a Hatchet, Jerry Brown Endorses Hillary Clinton
The California governor warns against precisely the kind of bitter-end primary campaign he waged against Bill Clinton in 1992.Most Anti-POW Candidate in History Embraced by Pro-POW Rally
The ne plus ultra of conservative America’s willingness to overlook any and all flaws in the Republican front-runner.Fresh Intelligence: Troy Ave and Donald Trump Are in Trouble With the Law
Our roundup of the stories, ideas, and memes you’ll be talking about today.Judge Trump Called a ‘Hater’ Orders Documents Released in Trump University Lawsuit
Trump accused the judge of bias during a campaign rally.
The strength of the major-party candidates among downscale white men and upscale white women could prove to be the key matchup.Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Was Never Going to Be Easy. But Did It Have to Get This Hard?
This is not a simple candidacy — or candidate.Most Voters Feel ‘Helpless’ About This Year’s Election, According to New Poll
No, it's not just you.Eric Holder Admits Edward Snowden’s Leaks Were a ‘Public Service’
But he still thinks Snowden should face "consequences."Sanders Admits the Nomination Isn’t Rigged, But Superdelegates Should Swing It
Bernie wants superdelegates to take a “hard look” at Hillary and her email scandal, independent of the vote totals.Gary Johnson Wins the Libertarian Party’s Presidential Nomination
The biggest official third party in America expects to attract voters who are unhappy with this year’s major-party options.Endangered Gorilla Shot and Killed After Boy Climbs Into Zoo Enclosure
Seems like this sort of thing shouldn’t ever have to happen.Sanders Campaign Tries to Oust Two DNC Committee Chairs, Setting Up Possible Convention Fight
The campaign’s request has been rejected by the DNC, but the conflict will likely reemerge in Philadelphia.Report: Trump Campaign Low on Funds Until GOP Foots the Bill
They may not be able to run TV ads responding to Democratic attacks until the end of July.Trump Backs Out of Debate With Bernie Sanders Because It’s ‘Inappropriate’ to Debate Losers
It either took four tries for Trump to make up his mind, or he’s been punking Sanders all along.