Watching Jeremy Paxman interview his boss Mark Thompson on BBC's Newsnight, I found myself imagining the conversation they might have had just before going on air.
Thompson: You know, if this is going to be convincing, you're going to have to work me over a little.
Paxman: Aw shucks boss - I can't do that!
Thompson: No - I'm tellin' yer - give it me straight in the kisser. And make like you mean it!
Paxman: Awww boss ....