You know, I don’t even blame Richard Heene any more. He’s just a terrible human being, and sometimes you have throw up your hands and accept that a man’s shortcomings are so comprehensive that he just can’t help himself.
Heene, of course, is the guy who lied about his son taking flight in a homemade balloon, finally plead guilty to perpetrating the hoax, and then on “Larry King Live” lied again, saying his earlier lie was not really a lie, and … well, you get the idea. Heene evidently hopes his awfulness is nearing critical mass, like Rob Blagojevich, and will at last earn him the coveted spot on “Celebrity Apprentice” that is his by birthright. I’d say his chances are good.
Awful people show up on “Larry King” all the time, don’t they? Somehow they are multiplying. I guess if we want to blame anybody for that, Larry himself is a good place to start. Larry doesn’t discourage venal, self-serving bullshit, nor does he draw the line at turpitude of any kind. Far from it. The greater the depravity, the better he likes it. If Jeffrey Dahmer were still alive, he’d probably be on Larry once a week hawking his cookbook.
This old man has much to answer for, and not just for those stupid suspenders. Yes, so do the people who watch his show in droves, but I don’t have their names handy. So Larry will have to do. Remember, any place Americans are behaving badly for the cameras, they’re not just doing for themselves. They’re doing it for Larry.