'Balloon Boy' Just One Of Many Media Hoaxes

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GUESTS:
Greg Gilderman, senior editor for The Daily Beast
Alex Boese, author of The Museum of Hoaxes
Howard Kurtz, media reporter for the Washington Post

The Heene family's balloon hoax is just a recent example of how the news media can be tricked into believing something that isn't real. From runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks to South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and his trip to Argentina, nominate your favorite media hoax.

Correction Oct. 21, 2009

In our conversation about media hoaxes, a guest referred to the Bhopal chemical disaster and said the company that owned the plant was Dow Chemical. That is incorrect. The plant in Bhopal was owned at the time of the accident by Union Carbide.

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