Can Matt Lauer Still Be A Good Dad And Host The Today Show?

Matt Lauer Asked Mary Barra If She Can Be A Good MomI am not even sure I can type this article because I keep thunking my head on my desk over and over and I am starting to get a wee bit woozy, but here goes. During an interview on The Today Show Matt Lauer asked General Motors CEO Mary Barra if she can do her job and be a good mother. You know, this type of question that no one asks any dude ever, if they can be president, or a doctor, or the CEO of an automaker, or a TV show host and be a good father. Time.com has published the transcript:

LAUER: You’re a mom, I mentioned, two kids. You said in an interview not long ago that your kids told you they’re going to hold you accountable for one job and that is being a mom.

BARRA: Correct. (smiling.)

LAUER: Given the pressures of this job at General Motors, can you do both well?

BARRA: You know, I think I can. 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.

 

Her reply wasn’t good enough for Matt, so he pressed on:

LAUER: I want to tread lightly here. You’ve heard this, you heard it in Congress. You got this job because you’re hugely qualified, 30 years in this company a variety of different jobs. But some people are speculating that you also got this job because as a woman and as a mom because people within General Motors knew this company was in for a very tough time and as a woman and a mom you could present a softer image and softer face for this company as it goes through this horrible episode. Does it make sense or does it make you bristle?

BARRA: Well it’s absolutely not true. I believe I was selected for this job based on my qualifications. We dealt with this issue — when the senior leadership of this company knew about this issue, we dealt with this issue.

 

Please keep in mind that Barry has worked at GM for over 30 years, but ya know, she just got the job because moms convey cookies and hugs and maternal niceties. Because she is able to convey a softer side of General Motors. Why didn’t he just ask her if she got the job because Snuggle the fabric softener bear has another gig? Now, for those of you unfamiliar with Barra, please keep in mind that she holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering, and she has a Master’s degree in business administration from Stanford. Forbes also listed her as one of the world most powerful women. Also, please keep in mind that an internal investigation about the ignition switch defect that affected 2.6 million cars and killed 13 people was just released, and these are the types of questions Matt is asking about the future of GM. GM recalled about 800,000 cars! The company is facing criminal probes! 13 people died and there has been 31 crashes as a result of the ignition switches and he wants to talk about her status as a GOOD mom?

Lauer has defended his decision to ask the really tough questions by saying:

 He says if a man in a high-level job had publicly discussed the issue he’d have “asked him exactly the same thing.”

 

And I think we all know what the correct response to this is:

 

 

 

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    • SunnyD847

      To so many people being a “good dad” requires only that you provide for your kids financially (and maybe that you don’t beat them, but that’s still up for debate.) Women are expected to do much more in order to be a “good mother.”

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      Everyone knows it is impossible to love your family and your career, and that it is definitely impossible that you are most likely working so hard at your career so that you can care for your family. Unless, of course, you happen to have a penis.

      ETA: Or maybe ladies can only be good at one thing at a time. Preferably you are going to be good at pumping out babies and dusting your chachkis, but an alternative is that you are a child-hating, man-hating, ball-busting corporate powerhouse.

      • SunnyD847

        Did you see when FOX was all like, “but how can Hillary be President when she’s about to be a Grandma?!” Like she’ll suddenly be too busy baking cookies to lead the country. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney has like a DOZEN grandkids and no one questioned his ability to be President because of it.

      • Kat

        I nearly had a full blown rage stroke when I saw that. No one would ever question a male president’s ability to govern if he was about to become a grandfather. I hate everyone, seriously.

      • JenH1986

        They don’t question any presidents ability to govern as parents! No one said “Can Obama be a good leader and dad?” So they certainly aren’t going to question grandfathers.

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        Oh god. I didn’t see it and I am glad that I missed it. “Sorry, America. I know we’re in the middle of (insert crises here) but I’ve got a chicken pot pie in the oven, and later we’re decorating sugar cookies”.

      • Obladi Oblada

        Everyone knows that penis = master of the universe and vagina = happy resting place for the master of the universe. Us women folk can only menstruate, birth babies & make the master of the universe happy OOOORRRRR they can have a career and the life that they choose. We CLEARLY can’t do both. *eye roll*

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        Well, obviously we can’t do both because our uteruses are the source of our maternal instincts/weakness. So, if you want to rule the world, you have to get your ladyparts removed so that they don’t interfere with your brain.

      • Mystik Spiral

        But without our ladyparts we have no identity. What a fucking conundrum.

      • SunnyD847

        I read this interesting piece recently about the old “can’t have a woman in power because of hormones” BS, and it said that during our periods our hormones are the most similar to men’s. So, during that week when we’re “agressive and bitchy” our hormones are how men’s are ALL THE TIME. Plus, post-menopausal women are the most hormonally stable people on earth.

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        That’s because our weak little minds can’t handle the awesomely masculine hormones!

    • LK

      Oh man, I was only half watching that interview and totally missed this. I did catch in the intro that they introduced her as “mom of [however many]” which TOTALLY bored the shit outta me. You NEVER hear how many kids a male CEO has unless he works in some kid-centric industry. They would never, EVER introduce a male car company CEO with a descriptor about the number of children he has.

      • guest

        Yeah, duh, but thats because being a Mom is super duper hard job and being a dad is a cakewalk…
        (sarcasm)

      • Kelly

        That’s because the men who do this crap ARE shitty fathers. That’s why they think “good” moms are soooooooo important. They know they’re dropping the ball with their kids and being shitty dads and they need someone to pick up the slack. They just assume all men are the same way.

      • Rumaikiyya

        Ha, I was totally going to post this point.

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      Also:

    • tSubh Dearg

      He didn’t ask her ANY questions about their safety failure that caused 13 deaths?! He should hand in his journalist card!
      She must have been laughing – “I had to put up with some bullshit “mom” questions but at least I didn’t have to defend my company’s safety record!”

      • JenH1986

        And had she been male. He would have asked that question and we would never know if he was a parent.

      • tSubh Dearg

        Very true!

      • SunnyD847

        He did ask some questions about that. Mostly like how they are going to prevent these problems in the future since she’s saying that no one really knew the extent of the problem since there wasn’t communication between people or departments that each knew some of the info.

      • tSubh Dearg

        Thanks for the clarification, I just couldn’t believe she had gotten such a soft interview just by virtue of being a woman. Though if that were the case all big companies who were having PR problems would put a lady in charge and send them for interviews so that the journalists could ask them how they balance their work and family commitments and ignore the big story.

      • SunnyD847

        It was still pretty soft, but that’s usual for Today.

      • NoMissCleo…JustMe

        Did he ever have a journalist card to begin with?

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    • Obladi Oblada

      What the hell?! Did he seriously say he would have asked a man the same question? HORSEFEATHERS. If you believe that, I’ve got some ocean front property for sale…

      • JenH1986

        I challenge Matt to provide ONE instance in his career where he has asked a man if he could do a job and be a good dad.

      • Obladi Oblada

        Yes. Exactly. What in incredible idiot.

      • Spongeworthy

        As Joe Biden would say, “Malarkey!”

    • TngldBlue

      Matt Lauer interviewed Alan Mulally from Ford back in 2009 and not one time challenged him on his ability to turn around one of the largest companies in the world and be a good dad to his 5 children at the same time. Sorry Matt, I’m not buying the bullshit you’re trying to sell.

      • ted3553

        It’s such a BS reply when guys say things like ” but I would have asked a man the same thing”. Yeah, but you didn’t sooooooooooo no

    • momjones

      My Metro Detroit former students, women, many of them daughters of auto execs, auto suppliers, auto workers, lit up my Facebook feed with an incensed WTF??? Matt, honey, you’re an idiot.

      • ted3553

        But they aren’t actually raising their kids becasuse they all turn their kids over to nannies or daycare all the time because we know that you can’t be a mom and have a job and actually be a factor in your childs life

    • Ursi

      I’m not a diehard for Gloria Steinem but a favorite quote of hers always springs to mind whenever these kinds of questions come up:

      “I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.”

      Seriously, why does no one seem to realize how ridiculous, one-sided, and stupid this question is?

      • JenH1986

        I have some issues with her myself, but sometimes I’m like “HOW IS SHE THE ONLY ONE WHO GETS THIS?!”

    • Spongeworthy

      Matt Lauer is the worst. After this BS yesterday, he doubled down this morning. They did a story on a US track runner who ran a heat in an 800 meter race at 8 months pregnant. Of course after he intro’d it, he added the line “but was it safe to do?!” Uh, Matt, the 800 is 2 laps around the track. Pretty sure a woman who is an elite athlete can handle that.

      • Kat

        He probably thought that meant 800 laps around the track. He’s a dummy.

      • Spongeworthy

        Ha, probably. “800 meters? That sounds really far!”

      • guest

        “No, no, it wasn’t safe to do but I figured fuck this baby…I need to run!”

      • Spongeworthy

        Right? “It’s super dangerous, but I’m just gonna do it and see what happens.”

      • LK

        What is honestly even more annoying to me is that they immediately turn it over to that fucking “orange room” (AKA “room of contrived opinions no one gives two shits about”) to see what our viewers think. WHY? Isn’t the whole god damn point that it doesn’t MATTER what anyone but this woman and her caregivers think?? Jesus, Carson Daly, I demand to know what you’re REALLY doing here!

      • Spongeworthy

        Oh, the Orange Room. “Let’s read the opinions of a bunch of uninformed idiots from Twitter. In real time!!”
        They need to stop trying to make Carson Daly happen. It’s not going to happen.

      • LK

        Listen I’m a SAHM, and the TODAY Show allows me to feel briefly like I have friends in the morning, but you people are making it REALLY hard for me to defend you when you come out with this dumbassery. a) Willie Geist > Carson Daly. You already had that demo covered, you twats, and b) the Orange Room just smacks of the saddest kind of desperation immaginable. It’s a revolution! In reading Twitter off a big screen….or something…

      • Spongeworthy

        Willie Geist 4 eva!!!

      • Obladi Oblada

        Heaven help him if he had seen me when I was pregnant with my son. I played softball until a week before he was born…in the infield.

      • Spongeworthy

        Lol, yea he would not have approved of my workout routines. Or the fact that I was doing some heavy yard work 2 days before I had the baby.

      • ted3553

        I think you’re forgetting that as a “news” anchor/host, he is more than qualified to diagnose what is healthy for a pregnant woman. He’s basically like a doctor

    • Kat

      I’m pretty sure we can all agree that Matt Lauer is both a crappy journalist and a crappy human being.

    • Rachel Sea

      Matt, your pants are on fire.

      • brebay

        and not in the good way…

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    • Portia Mount

      I was waiting for you to comment on this, Eve. Yet another reason why we need more female CEOs so that it’s a societal norm and douche bag “journalists” like Matt Lauer can stop asking lame ass questions like this. Has he ever asked Jamie Dimon about his family commitments?F__k no he hasn’t and he hasn’t asked any other male CEO. Matt Lauer can kick rocks. This shit irks me to no end.

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    • brebay

      Same thing with Fox all over Hillary about whether a GRANDMOTHER could be president. Never mind that Romney had, in the words of Jon Stewart, “An fucking petting zoo of grandchildren.”

    • brebay

      Are there still people who watch these shows? Are any of them under 60?

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