They insisted the correct phrase is “raises the question” and added that they wanted this concept to be “explained” to Emily and her fellow presenter Jon Sopel.
Addressing the mishap on Twitter, the viewer said: “Someone please explain to @maitlis & @BBCJonSopel that ‘begging the question’ is a specific ethical concept in which an argument’s conclusion is forgone, and what they keep meaning to say is ‘raises the question’… #pendant.”(sic)
Emily agreed with the Twitter user’s comment and admitted she “annoyed herself” with her mistake at the time.
Retweeting the viewer’s post in view of her 403,000 followers, the star wrote: “Such a good point.
The social media tweeted the gaffe, with the caption: “Hilarious! Forget the Prince Andrew interview, this is what you will be remembered for @Maitlis!
“#NewsnightFormer Health Secretary Alan Johnson joins us down the line from hell.”
In the video, Emily announces: “The former health secretary Alan Johnson joins us on the line from Hell,” before immediately recognising her error.
She added: “Sorry, Hull. From Hull. Alan Johnson.