FixedIt: She’s not a “party girl” and she’s not Tomic’s girl

The Herald Sun and The Courier Mail were fighting to see who could produce the most repellent reporting of a crime police suspect was perpetrated against a woman in Queensland last week.

Bar staff called an ambulance after the woman was found unconscious on the floor of a bathroom at a Gold Coast bar called The Bedroom. She spent the night in hospital.

Police are investigating.

A tennis player was a one of a group of people who were at the bar with her but there is no evidence to suggest he was involved in the drink spiking so it’s difficult to see any purpose beyond clickbait for including him in the headline.

The woman involved was in a serious condition in hospital last Sunday night and if the drink spiking suspicions are confirmed, she is the victim of a serious crime. She is not a “party girl” and she’s not Tomic’s girl. She’s a person in her own right and was subjected to highly dangerous behaviour.

Serious crimes are also not acceptable topics for jokey salacious headlines, something the Courier Mail clearly does not understand.

That this is standard tabloid sensationalism does not make it ok.

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