Don’t hate on the TV media just because they helped the nation fall for the Balloon Boy Hoax. Back in the day, the print media were the obvious target.
On April 13, 1844, Edgar Allan Poe wrote an article in The New York
Sun, chronicling how Monck Mason, leaving England for Paris drifted off
course and had traveled across the Atlantic in three days, landing
safely on Sullivan’s Island near Charleston South Carolina, while
riding an “egg-shaped gas-filled balloon”, named the Victoria.
The story caused such a stir that an excited mob quickly gathered
outside of the editorial offices of the Sun, hoping to land a copy of
the historic edition. Not until two days later did the New York daily
publish a correction, noting the story was pure fiction. The published
correction read: “We are inclined to believe the intelligence is erroneous.” — The Morning Delivery