Mainstream Media Scream: TV's Jane Pauley begs Hillary Clinton to run: 'If not you, who?'

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This week's Mainstream Media Scream features longtime television personality Jane Pauley urging Hillary Clinton run for president. Pauley, who campaigned for President Obama in 2008, was on CBS News “Sunday Morning” when she said to Clinton, “If not you, who? Who is the viable woman of either party who could win a primary nomination in 2016 if not you?”

JANE PAULEY: If not you, who? Who is the viable woman of either party who could win a primary nomination in 2016 if not you?

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, I think there are a number of qualified women who are holding office.

PAULEY: I’m not saying qualified.

CLINTON: But politics is so unpredictable, whoever runs has to recognize that the American political system is probably the most difficult, even brutal, in the world.

PAULEY: Here is why I think you’re going to run. You quote a poem in that speech [in her 1969 address to fellow Wellesley students]. T.S. Elliott. ‘There’s only’ — this is 1969 — ‘there’s only the trying again and again and again to win again what we’ve lost before.’ That 21-year-old girl you were will not take no for an answer, my prediction.

CLINTON: Well, we’ll see, Jane. We’ll see. There’s a lot of food for thought in that.

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “Pauley, fresh to CBS News after decades at NBC, acted more like an unfulfilled ‘I am woman, hear me roar’ feminist than any kind of journalist scrutinizing a potential presidential candidate. Being a woman — at least a liberal Democratic one — is qualification enough for Pauley. If Pauley feels so strongly, she should quit journalism and join the campaign. And maybe she will, since she did volunteer for Obama in 2008.”

Rating: Four out of five screams.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.