Patty Blount is the author of contemporary “Internet Issues” novels for teens including the 2015 Firecracker Award winning SOME BOYS, which is also a Bookseller’s Best and RITA awards finalist! A new novel, SOMEONE I USED TO KNOW, drops August, 2018. 

She is also the author of contemporary romances.  A MATCH MADE AT CHRISTMAS is book four in the multi-author Christmas in New York series from Tule Publishing Group (November 11, 2014). Patty wrote a sequel called THE PARAMEDIC’S RESCUE, part of the Heroes of New York series. Also dropping in August, 2018 is NOBODY SAID IT’D BE EASY, a second-chance love story featuring the oh-so-sweet widowed father of four, Gabriel. 

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From Patty's Blog

Open Letter to #Media on Headline Writing

Posted Aug 9 2018 in , , , , , , ,

Dear Journalists and Editors,

I get it. It’s a numbers game. You need clicks, you need eyeballs, you need traffic to stay alive in this perpetual news-cycle society we created with our smartphones and social networks. I sympathize. 

But I’m pissed off about something. 

I’m mad at ABC News for this: 







And I’m mad at Sports Illustrated for this: 






Pissed off at USA Today, too: 






And the Daily News:







Brock Turner is famous — or infamous — for one thing and one thing only. He sexually assaulted an unconscious woman and then served only a few months of time for that crime. 


He’s NOT famous for the school he attended. Nor is he famous for his swim team participation. 

He committed a crime. So why is it any time the media covers him, he’s alway called the Stanford Swimmer? Someone needs to explain this to me. 

Take a look at this one: 








The Sun get this one right — calls David Berkowitz a “Serial Killer.” 


And this one gets it right, too: 






Fox News calls Mark David Chapman “John Lennon’s Assassin” — Come on, folks — if Fox News gets this right, the rest of you have no possible excuse. 

I demand to know why professional journalists and editors are unable to call Brock Turner what he is: Convicted Sexual Predator Brock Turner. 


Here’s my theory: he’s a nice white boy from a nice white family. Nice white boys don’t get labels like ‘rapist’ or ‘sexual predator,’ right? You all still want to villify his victim for having the gall to go to a party, to have the nerve to get drunk. You’re trying to make this HER fault and it’s not.

He decided. He chose to help himself to her body. He never got consent. You know what that sounds like? Uh, RAPE. That’s what it sounds like. 


And that’s why I’m in a rage. CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, AP, Sports Illustrated, you all are doing your level best to dilute Brock Turner’s crime, to make him seem harmless and befuddled and maybe even naive. In other words, you are trying your damndest to portray HIM as the victim, rather than the perpetrator.

You are doing a huge disservice to Brock Turner’s victim and should all turn in your press passes. 

This man is guilty of a crime. The only reason he is a blip on your story radars is because of his crime. So shouldn’t the crime be in the headline, as it is when covering serial killers and pop star assassins?

Damn right it should be. 

Do better, media. Stop excusing rape. 

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