GARETH VAN ONSELEN: Helen Zille and the DA’s Daniel Friedman problem
A comedian turns into a news editor — or a politician turns into a social media phenomenon. Neither makes for good politics
The thing about the now-suspended Daniel Friedman is that he is a comedian. More to the point, he continued to be a comedian while the online news editor for The Citizen.
Now, from first principles, that was a recipe for disaster. News editors need to be seen as fair and impartial, as should be the news they produce. Comedians provoke through being extreme, sarcastic and morally indignant.