Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman interjected with a more down-to-earth description about what he does when asked about “his work” by Guardian journalist Decca Aitkenhead.
He said: “I find it very funny, you saying ‘your work’, as if I were a composer or an artist or something. You know, it’s ridiculous. It’s just daily hacking around isn’t it? You can’t really dignify it with some description like ‘your work’. Your job, perhaps.
“I think it’s pretty straightforward really. You’re there to ask the question the average reasonably intelligent viewer would like to see asked.”
Paxman denied that he was part of the “establishment” and refused to answer questions about whether he sends his children to private school or whether he is a member of any private members clubs.
“What do you do when interviewees refuse to tell you anything”, asked Aitkenhead.
“I don’t ask them fucking stupid questions like that”.