He quickly apologised, tweeting: "After a robust interview with Steve Baker MP I used a very offensive word in an unguarded moment off air. While it was not broadcast that word in any context is beneath the standards I set myself and I apologise unreservedly. I have reached out to Steve Baker to say sorry."
Baker later replied to the tweet accepting the apology. “I appreciate you apologising. Thank You,” he wrote.
But, later, Baker told John Pienaar on Times Radio that he hopes Channel 4 sacks the journalist.
Baker said: “I had an interview earlier with a journalist I don’t have a great deal of regard for, who I felt always misrepresenting the situation through the construction of his question, which I called out, I think live on air, or I thought it was a pre-record.
“And he clearly didn’t like that, quite right, too. But I’d be quite honest, I spent a long time live on air, calling him out on his contact as a journalist and glad to do so any time.
“But it’s most unfortunate that he has sworn on air like that. If it’s in breach of his code of conduct, I do hope they sack him – it would be a service to the public.”
And the journalist was taken off-air until early November.
In a statement published at the time, Channel 4 said: “Channel 4 has a strict code of conduct for all its employees, including its programming teams and on-air presenters, and takes any breaches seriously.
“Following an off-air incident, Channel 4 News anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy has been taken off air for a week.”
So it was put to bed and when he brought it up again yesterday, people didn't take Rees-Mogg's side:
\u201cRees-Mogg may think this makes him look like a smart arse, but in the immortal words of Krishnan Guru-Murthy, he comes across as a complete Steve Baker\u201d
\u201cFake Christian Jacob Rees-Mogg passively aggressively demands that Krishnan Guru-Murthy apologise live on-air to Steve Baker. Hmmm. Has Rees-Mogg apologised live on-air for saying those who died in Grenfell Tower lacked common sense? The man is an odious slime ball #C4News\u201d
\u201cThe self-righteousness of Mogg here\u2026\n\nDemanding Krishnan Guru-Murthy apologise for calling Steve Baker a c***\n\nYet never once apologising for his economy-shattering Brexit and backing of the catastrophic Kwarteng/Truss mini budget.\n\n\u201d
Elsewhere in the interview, Rees-Mogg criticised Hunt for his tax policies.
“Taxation has got too high and there are issues with the level of expenditure that we have got,” he said.
“I think there is a real problem with fiscal drag bringing more and more people into the 40p (tax) band who, particularly if they are living in the South of England, are not necessarily particularly well-off.
“That is going to be hard for them paying an extra level of tax on top of what they are already paying.
“Also freezing the basic band is going to be a burden for all taxpayers, even those who are still in receipt of benefit.
“I think we need to look at the efficiency of government to make sure money is well spent before reaching for the easy option of putting up taxes.
“What we actually need to be doing is having a strategy for growth and looking to lower taxes.”
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