BALOG COLUMN: Sad day for S.C. women
Dear Gov. Haley:
A lot of women are going to be disappointed with your comments on conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham's radio show.
This isn't about your plan to create jobs, or the fact that you're encouraging women to run for office.
No, I'm talking about how you stooped to a condescending, catty low Thursday in talking about another woman.
Maybe you were still feeling some fallout from reporter Renee Dudley's story about your European job-recruiting trip funded by the taxpayers.
But that was no reason to say what you said.
Near the end of your interview, Ingraham offers this observation:
"This character at The Post and Courier clearly wants to portray you as someone hypocritical, that you're not what you pretend to be."
(No, governor, you're doing a really good job of that on your own, actually, but that's beside the point.)
You responded: "All I will tell you is, God bless that little girl at The Post and Courier. Her job is to create conflict, my job is to create jobs."
The governor of the great state of South Carolina called another woman a little girl?
Aren't you the same governor who just weeks ago spoke at a Center For Women event in Charleston recognizing women's suffrage and practically berated the leader of the group for correctly pointing out that South Carolina ranks worst in the nation in terms of the number of women in elected office? Well, maybe this does start to make sense.
You have a school-age daughter, so I'm pretty sure you understand the definition of the word "girl."
Dudley certainly does not need defending. Her journalistic ethics prevent her from responding to your comments, especially because she's likely to write more well-reported and well-documented stories about you.
It is worth pointing out that she has received national recognition for her reporting, like many other women and men here at The Post and Courier.
It's also worth noting that you would not have stood for such a remark had it been directed at you -- by a man or a woman.
No working professional should ever demean another working professional like that.
Let alone in public.
Let alone on broadcast radio.
And especially, certainly, absolutely not the state's first female governor talking about another woman.
And, yet again, just like you did here in Charleston, when Ingraham asked about how conservative women are subject to intense professional scrutiny, you said the answer is simply for more women to run for office.
"When we start having more and more (women in office), people will stop picking on us."
It would be great if we could start by not picking on each other.
Shame on you Nikki Haley.
We deserve better.