China: US Is Corrupt, Just Watch 'House of Cards'

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Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 08:02 AM

By Elliot Jager

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A Chinese Communist Party affiliated website has published an article asserting that the Netflix series House of Cards is a good indicator of political corruption in the United States, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Writing for the party's Discipline Inspection Commission website on Tuesday, Zhao Lin ostensibly sought to contemplate whether House of Cards accurately portrayed the extent of corruption and abuse of power in Washington.

"Are these plots real? Is America that corrupted? In fact, if you dive deep into these issues, you will discover that the corruption problems in developed Western nations such as the U.S. are widespread," the article posits.

"They are less upright than they boast."

Some in China's blogosphere were derisive of the article's claim. "We can only see their corruption via their TV shows but we feel our own corruption in real time every day of our lives," wrote one.

The celebrated investor Wang Ran wrote on his Weibo account: "Another notable difference between the two countries – only one of them can make and screen this type of TV show."

Many Chinese viewers prefer watching House of Cards to official state-controlled television programming, the Journal reported.

Josh Feldman writing at Mediaite had this suggestion for Chinese officials: "We need China to start watching Veep. Stat."

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