03/28/2008 02:46 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Scarborough: "Media People Are Living In Fear" This Election Season

"Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough appeared on "Real Time with Bill Maher" Friday and explained the culture of fear that permeates the news business during this election season.

"There are all these minefields out there for Barack Obama that I think the press has been tiptoeing through," Scarborough said. He continued, "If you attack Hillary Clinton, we have found, there are organizations out there that will bombard your sponsors, that will call the president of your network and will say, 'Get that person off the air.' Media people are living in fear."

Scarborough challenged both fellow guest Farai Chideya (NPR) and members of the audience who disagreed with him, saying, "Everybody clapping in the audience obviously hasn't worked at netowkrs during this campaign, where people take them in the back and say, 'You've gotta be very careful now. If you attack Hillary Clinton too much we're going to be called sexist. And if you attack Barack Obama too much, we're going to be called racist.'"


Scarborough's network, MSNBC, has come under fire from the Clinton campaign for what it perceived as sexist remarks by hosts David Shuster and Chris Matthews.