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Matt Lauer Says His Question To GM’s Mary Barra About Being A Mom & CEO Wasn’t Sexist

matt lauerMatt Lauer has faced quite a bit of backlash since he interviewed GM CEO Mary Barra yesterday. Ironic since she’s the one leading the company that’s had to recall millions of cars after years of bad business practices, injuries and deaths.

During the interview, Lauer asked, “Given the pressures of this job at General Motors, can you do both well?”

Barra’s response was fine: “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.”

But the fact that it was even asked has upset many people who think the question was sexist. A ThinkProgress writer points out that Lauer himself has traveled the world for his job despite having three kids at home. When was the last time you recall a male executive being asked this question?

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Mary Barra Tells Matt Lauer: No Cover-Up at GM

Mary Barra sat down with Matt Lauer this morning on TODAY, and we think you’ll agree that the questions he lobbed her way were a bit softer than those she received from Congress earlier this month.

At the very least, she’s consistent with the message. That’s a good thing, because she’ll have to repeat it many more times before GM can move beyond this story.

What do we think of her appearance?

Yesterday, NBC’s ‘Today’ Had an Awkward April Fool’s Joke

today-show-prankICYMI: The cast of NBC’s ‘Today Show’ tried to break out the funny on April Fool’s Day. More specifically, newly blushing soon-to-be bride Savannah Guthrie and her executive producer.

As in, on live television. And that’s when the #TVFail awkward moment happened for all of us to enjoy.

Guthrie concocted a sinister plot to trick her co-hosts into eating Oreo cookies. HAHA! I mean, funny, right? Only (sorry, have to wipe these tears of laughter from my cheeks), instead of the gooey Oreo cream that blocks your arteries … wooooo, hilarious … she had them filled with, with … my gut hurts … with toothpaste.

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Dottie Sandusky and John Zeigler Aren’t Helping to Repair Penn State’s Reputation

Just under a month ago, Yale School of Management senior associate dean Jerry Sonnenfeld published an op-ed in USA Today praising Penn State’s board for overcoming the Jerry Sandusky scandal by moving on rather than fighting.

A subsequent New Republic piece by Alec MacGillis criticized the op-ed, framing it as a summary of Penn State AOR Edelman’s (correct) damage control strategy rather than a statement of Sonnenfeld’s personal opinion. To outside observers, moving forward certainly feels like the right idea—but Matt Lauer and John Zeigler seem determined to make it harder for Penn State to do so.

While we don’t take great pleasure in today’s blanket coverage of Lauer’s interview with Dottie Sandusky, it is compellingly disturbing.

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Rob Ford Is Trying Really, Really, Really Hard to Make a Comeback

Toronto’s crack Mayor Rob Ford finally gave an interview that wasn’t totally embarrassing.

Appearing on the Today show this morning to speak with Matt Lauer three months after vowing to make changes, Ford sat up straight and calmly answered questions about how he’s doing and his plans for the future. In a nutshell, he’s working out and preparing to campaign for another term as mayor with elections taking place on October 27.

Despite Ford’s monotone and lack of antics, there are two interesting things about this interview.

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Dick Costolo Reveals the Secret ‘Key to a Great Tweet’

Today’s episode of Two Bald Men Talking was a little more interesting than we expected it to be. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo not only cries sometimes; he also understands why some people act like big old jerks to Matt Lauer.

Oh, and he’s a big fan of everyone’s favorite word: content, content, content.

Now define “authenticity” in 140 characters or less. Good luck.

Rob Ford Discussed His ‘Weight Issues’ with Matt Lauer

You might not believe it, but Rob Ford has both a PR team and a damage control strategy, as revealed by this morning’s less-than-revealing interview with Matt Lauer (who sometimes plays a journalist on TV).

This case study might  be more relevant to the field of psychology than media relations. While Ford admits to the whole crack-smoking thing, he seems determined to downplay it by focusing on more important issues like…his weight. Don’t worry, he’s been “training every day.”

He then tries to convince Lauer that drugs don’t affect his ability to do his job, saying:

“Come back in six months. If you don’t see a difference, I’ll eat my words.”

Way to undermine your daily training regimen. Do words have a higher calorie count if they’re not true?

At the very least, we may have a winner for Ford’s re-election campaign tagline:

“No terrorist attacks occurred while I was bingeing.”

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Are Coming…to Your Hometown

If you thought that late October was too early to be snow skiing in Times Square, you’d be right…but it happened anyway, thanks to the United States Olympic Committee (PR AOR M&C Saatchi), Liberty MutualThe Today Show and a bunch of superhuman athletes. Get ready for the guitars:

Pretty impressive setup complete with artificial snow, acrobatics and Matt Lauer learning to ski on wheels:

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Journalist Matt Lauer Doesn’t Like Journalists

Well, that might be a bit of an oversimplification, but based on the comments on some of our hack vs. flack posts, we have a feeling that some PR vets will sympathize with Matt Lauer‘s general antipathy toward reporters and “the media” in general (ignoring the fact that he is one of the media’s most visible faces).

The biggest complaint Lauer mentions in his new Esquire interview is an inability to manage the message surrounding the sad departure of one Ann Curry from The Today Show. This makes sense, because his likability ratings took a nose dive after that incident. Here are some of his most interesting quotes.

On working in media:

I had five jobs in a row where I was either fired or canceled…After the fifth time, if you don’t look in the mirror and ask yourself some really serious questions about whether you’re cut out to be in this business, you’re an idiot.

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Paula Deen’s Carnival of Disaster Finally Hires Renowned PR Professional

Oh boy. That was painful. As you know Paula Deen appeared on the Today Show recently after abruptly cancelling an interview with Matt Lauer last Friday.

By now everyone in our industry has formed their opinions regarding Paula Deen’s rapid demise and her subsequent barrage of awkward apologies and wayward explanations. This entire situation is sad. There are no winners here. So we’re hesitant to jump in the media melee and add energy to this sadness, but as PR experts it’s our job to deconstruct this ugly mess.

These are emotional times for the Paula Deen empire, and emotional PR situations must be handled with logic, sincerity and intelligence. That means showing up and treating the public like adults. For Paula Deen the folksy, southern “aw shucks” shtick may sell Virginia ham, but it doesn’t sell the truth. Read more

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