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WTF, Matt Lauer?? What The Today Show Host Asked GM CEO Mary Barra Is Driving Working Mothers Everywhere Nuts!

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Matt Lauer drew the ire of working moms everywhere on Thursday's Today show when he asked General Motors CEO Mary Barra if it was possible to do her job AND be a mom.

Mrs. Barra took the question in stride, but the line of questioning has a lot of moms scratching their heads, wondering why the host would even ask such a question instead of sticking to business.

After all, no one is asking Matt Lauer if he's able to be a good dad on is tight schedule of being unlikable on TV.

But Matt is sticking to his guns. Shortly after the backlash reached him, he took to his Facebook page to address the criticism head-on! He wrote:

"As part of the interview, I referenced this Forbes article (here) where Barra talked about the challenge of balancing work life and home life…

In the article she said that she felt horrible when she missed her son's junior prom. It's an issue almost any parent including myself can relate to. If a man had publicly said something similar after accepting a high-level job, I would have asked him exactly the same thing."

What Matt isn't getting is that they probably shouldn't have been asking those questions in the Forbes interview either!

Mary Barra being a mom really has nothing to do with why he's interviewing her. Bringing it up, especially in such a condescending way, sets back the cause of women in the workplace!

With more recalls on the way, the question shouldn't be, "Can a working mother be successful as the CEO of GM?" It should be, "Can ANYONE be successful as the CEO of GM??"

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4 comments to “WTF, Matt Lauer?? What The Today Show Host Asked GM CEO Mary Barra Is Driving Working Mothers Everywhere Nuts!”

  1. 1

    Matt Lauer seems to be proving himself more of an asshole with each passing year!

  2. Tara says – reply to this


    Does the truth hurt? Being a mother is a full-time job, so is being a CEO of a company. Bottom line: when it comes down to work or her kid, she chose work. Otherwise, she wouldn't have missed his junior prom.

  3. 3

    morning tv news is horrible. the issues they cover and the questions they ask in interviews are superficial and moronic. that woman is running GENERAL MOTORS. missing your kid's junior prom is not a big deal. keeping a massive corporation running, especially one that was bailed out by federal governemt money IS MORE IMPORTANT than the junior prom. THINK ABOUT IT. even her child would agree. I'm sure they live in a big house, and her kid goes to the best schools, and he's gonna get a corvette as a birthday present one day soon. asking her about the choices she makes as a female, as a mother, is just pandering to IDIOTS and CONSERVATIVES, who actually are idiots too. ask the kid: MOM: DO YOU MIND IF I MISS YOUR JUNIOR PROM IF I PROMISE TO GET YOU A CUSTOM ONE OF A KIND TURBO AND SUPERCHARGED CORVETTE FOR YOUR 16TH BIRTHDAY? KID: SEE YOU TOMORROW MOM. I'LL TAKE THE CAR. stupid question aimed at inflaming stupid people.

  4. 4

    Re: Tara – she's not running a bowling alley. she has tens of thousands of employees. her family lives very very very well because of the responsibilties she has chosen to take on. the junior prom is bullshit and a trade-off her family would WANT her to make. when she decides to go to work instead of taking care of her SICK child then she crosses the line. YOU ARE A SIMPLETON.