January 6, 2010

Opinion: Happy holidays, Heenes

Posted: 02:24 AM ET

***Note: Richard Heene will be on Larry King Live later this week to discuss his sentencing.  The following editorial is via The  The opinions expressed are their own and don't represent the views of CNN.  To read the full editorial, follow the link below.


Richard and Mayumi Heene expressed anguish while their son Falcon appeared to be missing.Hey, here's a reality television show idea for Richard Heene: Pan in on the Fort Collins man, on his hands and knees, scrubbing the floors at the Weld County Jail, sweating and red in the face, his hands raw from chemicals. Inmates taunt the man through the bars, yelling and cajoling.

Or here's another one: Heene, in a Weld County public building, doing manual labor, carpentry, janitorial work, washing fire trucks and ambulances, working hours on end and not getting paid a penny.

Unfortunately, neither of these scenarios are reality. The sad fact is, Richard Heene and his wife, Mayumi, got off pretty easy for the horrendous stunt they pulled in October, when they claimed their 6-year-old son had been launched accidentally in a helium balloon.

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Filed under: Balloon Boy • Crime • Larry King Live

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Ted   January 6th, 2010 10:57 pm ET

I agree with Bob. The whole world agrees that all this guy wanted was "airtime" and you're providing it – Shame on you. I will NOT be watching.

Ted   January 6th, 2010 10:58 pm ET

I hope he enjoys his tie in the big house – That's exactly where he belongs!

Ted   January 6th, 2010 11:00 pm ET

Larry – Why don't you take a ride in the balloon? You seem to believe his hoax!

Carolyn Johnson, West Virginia   January 7th, 2010 5:42 pm ET

Larry, you really do need to talk to Sara Palin, the girl needs help

Carolyn Johnson, West Virginia   January 7th, 2010 5:43 pm ET

I also agree with Bob, the guy just wanted attention and he got it.

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