Jeremy Paxman calling Bible's Genesis 'hogwash' ruled offensive – Daily TV round-up

Jeremy Paxman's description of the book of Genesis in the Bible as 'hogwash' has been ruled 'offensive' by the BBC Trust.

The presenter of 'Newsnight' also said those who believe in the Old Testament in a literal sense were 'stupid people'.

Paxman on Newsnight (Credit: BBC)

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His remarks, which were made during an item on writer Richard Dawkins' latest book 'The Magic Of Reality: How We Know What's Really True' last October, were investigated by the Trust's Editorial Standards Committee, which deemed them 'offensive to some parts of the audience'.

The decision was appealed, but the Trust upheld the original complaint.

It said: “Although Mr Paxman's use of the terms 'religious hogwash' and 'stupid people' was not intended to cause deliberate offence, particularly to those with religious views and beliefs, the use of the terms was offensive to some of the audience and there was no clear editorial purpose for their use in the context of this 'Newsnight' item.”

It then added that viewers of the show were 'unlikely to have expected Jeremy Paxman's typically robust and confrontational interviewing style to extend to the use of the terms 'religious hogwash' when introducing the story of Genesis, and 'stupid people' when talking about those with a literal belief in the Old Testament in the context of the item about religious myths'. [Media Guardian]

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