After the hot air that kept the balloon story in the air across all cable channels, Columbia Journalism Review posted a hilarious list — slightly inside baseball, I know — of ways that major magazines might cover it in the coming weeks. Some of my favorites, below.
Reason: "The Right to Balloon: If Falcon Heene Felt Like Faking a Balloon Flight, That Is His Own Damn Business." By Matt Welch
Slate: "Explainer: What's Up With Balloons? A Charmingly Counterintuitive Take"
TV Guide: "Why the Balloon Boy Story Was Much More Important than Obama's Trip to New Orleans, and Why Cable News's Priorities Were Spot-On: Our April 1 Issue Preview!"
US Weekly: "TO BALLOON AND BACK: Lady Gaga describes her harrowing battle with balloonorexia. The star reveals: 'Rubber-based products got me where I am today!'"
Vanity Fair: "Ladies Who Latex! Hollywood's Hottest Young Stars Gather for Balloon-Inspired Debauchery at the Waverly Inn, as Graydon Carter Leers Watches. (Inside: A Photo Essay of the Event, Shot by Annie Leibovitz in Exchange for a $25 Dunkin' Donuts Coupon.)"
Vogue: "Balloons, in Colors That Pop! How to wear the fall's hottest accessory." (Inside: A Photo Essay of Balloon-Bearing Celebrities, Shot by Annie Leibovitz in Exchange for a $25 Dunkin' Donuts Coupon.)"
Your turn. How will NPR cover it?