Nikki Haley, former South Carolina governor and declared GOP candidate for president, recently had to face a seemingly trivial and unnecessary issue: her choice of attire at her daughter’s wedding. Haley, one of the first Republicans to announce her run for the White House in 2024, tweeted photos of her daughter’s wedding, where she wore a light-colored dress, standing next to the bride and groom. However, this moment of family joy was quickly marred by detractors accusing Haley of wearing a “white” dress and trying to overshadow the bride.
Despite the dress’s clearly non-white hue, Newsweek reporter Gerrard Kaonga felt it necessary to reach out to Haley and her team for a comment on this so-called “backlash.” With the world facing pressing issues such as the conflict in Ukraine, China’s actions toward Taiwan, economic decline, and rising crime rates in major cities, one can’t help but question Kaonga’s focus on the trivial matter of Haley’s dress.
Haley took to Twitter to call out the media’s behavior, saying, “This is why people don’t trust the media. Liberal ‘journalists’ spend their time harassing conservatives about outfit choices. Grow up, Newsweek.” She also clarified that her dress was, in fact, gold.
Unfortunately, her response did not deter Kaonga from writing an article about the dress controversy, highlighting the media’s tendency to focus on superficial issues when it comes to conservative women.
It’s worth noting that the media rarely criticizes the attire of liberal women like Michelle Obama or Jill Biden. This apparent bias further underscores the need for a more balanced and mature approach to reporting, one that focuses on the issues that genuinely impact the nation and the world.