10 Questions

Gossip in a tight decortje at half past twelve

Ivan De Vadder in the coming weeks, very little sleep.

What is the meaning of all this? The idea is apparently: with two sensible people of advanced age, debating the tv debates of the same evening. Interpretation at duidingsprogramma’s, so. It is a strange idea.

It is also a strange sight. At half past twelve in the evening (!) there is a clearly tired Ivan De Vadder with two grey-haired elders chattering in a tight decortje. To the right in the picture is Walter Zinzen, to the left is Rik Van Cauwelaert. That should actually be reversed: Zinzen is 81 and a former VRT-journalist, he has a left-wing stamp. Van Cauwelaert is 68 and a former Knackjournalist, he has therefore a right-wing stamp.

With those two ruziemakers is geriatric fireworks insured …

It is also a strange sight. At half past twelve in the evening (!) there is a clearly tired Ivan De Vadder with two grey-haired elders chattering in a tight decortje. To the right in the picture is Walter Zinzen, to the left is Rik Van Cauwelaert. That should actually be reversed: Zinzen is 81 and a former VRT-journalist, he has a left-wing stamp. Van Cauwelaert is 68 and a former Knackjournalist, he has therefore a right-wing stamp.

With those two ruziemakers is geriatric fireworks insured, the VRT news service have thought. Geriatric is the fireworks we have not seen. We aim also at the Statler-and-Waldorf-effect, the VRT News service have thought. They seem indeed a bit, but the difference is: that old Muppets on their balcony were witty. And they gave comments on something you had just seen. The things which Zinzen and Van Cauwelaert Monday commented (the debate about identity in Regard with the Ghent lijsttrekkers in Everyone chooses) were respectively hours earlier and on a different channel to broadcast. If you hardly clips shows, where does that occur? On little, and that was about it. Walter and Rick were also disappointing often agree. They talked to themselves more than each other.

The Vadder tried the controversy, but to search in the project Curieuzeneuzen of this newspaper. ‘The Standard has the air pollution on the agenda. Should a newspaper do that?”, he asked to everyone’s surprise.

‘Of course’, said van Cauwelaert.

‘What Rik said’, found Zinzen.

The Vadder did not give up. “But the timing? It Is then excluded that clean air is an N-VA voter convinces Green to vote?’ Two mouths fell open, two tissue did their best to remain seated where they were.

That the (very relevant and revealing) report in Everyone chooses, about the inhumane treatment in a Ghent social housing, sometimes the kiesgedrag there could influence, was apparently not at The Vadder. Also not Zinzen and Van Cauwelaert, by the way.

It was also about political polls just prior to elections. Prohibit, were both men. “May we the media questions,” said Zinzen, ‘not expensive polls and more to keep, and if it is about the public broadcaster, the money to invest in good programs?’

That is a idea.

Zinzen and Van Cauwelaert at Ivan, approximately daily at home after 23 hours.

Leave a Comment