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Matt Lauer responds to criticism over 'Today' interview with GM CEO

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Matt Lauer is speaking out against criticism he received about an interview with General Motors CEO Mary Barra on Thursday’s Today show. Lauer was attacked on Twitter and online after asking Barra if she thought she could be both a good parent and a good CEO at the same time. Many thought this was an anti-feminist perspective, but the morning show anchor took to his Facebook page to clarify his questioning and that he would have asked a man the same thing.

Referencing a Forbes magazine interview in which Barra stated she had to miss her son’s junior prom after being appointed the first female CEO of a major American automotive company, Lauer wrote, “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. A couple weeks ago, we did a series on ‘Modern Dads’ and the challenges of fatherhood today. Work-life balance was one of our focuses. It’s an important topic, one that I’m familiar with personally, and I hope we can continue the discussion.”

Something that seems to be left out in all the discussion however is that the actual interview revealed that more recalls from General Motors are a possibility for the future.