Matt Lauer defends his recent interview with GM CEO Mary Barra. During the interview, Matt Lauer questioned the CEO about whether she could run a company while at the same time being a good mother. The question was attacked by social media, but the Today show host is defending his interview.
“Given the pressures of this job at General Motors, can you do both well?” Lauer asked. “You know, I think I can,” Barra responded. “I have a great team, we’re on the right path. I have a wonderful family, a supportive husband and I’m pretty proud of the way my kids are supporting me in this.”
Barra has been under fire recently after multiple deaths and injuries were caused by cars whose defects were known by GM for more than a decade, but were not recalled.
But the social media universe did not take well to Lauer’s line of questioning.
I've been up all night wondering if Matt Lauer can be a dad and have a job at the same time… @mlauer
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) June 27, 2014
Lauer took to his own Facebook page to defend himself, and said he was happy it had started am important conversation.
“As part of the interview, I referenced this Forbes article where Barra talked about the challenge of balancing work life and home life,” he wrote. “She said, ‘My kids told me the one job they are going to hold me accountable for is mom.’ She had just accepted the job as the first female CEO of a major American automotive company, and 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.”
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