Other media outlets may have seized upon Jeremy Paxman's beard as some unlikely silly season filler, but nobody has done it with quite the same enthusiasm as the Daily Mail:
The Mail's readers were also quick to join in. Tom Moncrieff wrote:
"The BBC should ensure all its presenters are smart, theirs are the scruffiest on TV. If you look at ITV and Sky News they have dress codes, but then they are not run by 1960s Lefties!"
Because lefties love a good beard.
Meanwhile 'White Rose', posting from Harrogate, asked:
"Is this the first step toward sleeping on park benches?"
Then a slightly confused Catrin in Cardiff got bogged down in a double negative before eventually making the all-important point she was put on this earth to make:
"No man, whoever he is or however good looking he is, doesn't look good sporting facial hair! It's unhygienic for a start, as you don't know what's hidding [sic] in the stubble. And I have NEVER seen a man looking good wearing a beard. I think it is attention seeking, especially for a tv presenter like Paxman. What a plonker, ugh!!"
Which just leaves it to 'Broadsword' to bring all this discussion to a close:
"Makes him look like BLACKBEARD! Avast me hearties! Shiver me timbers! Pieces of eight!"
Good point Broadsword, well made.