The inspection unit of China’s Communist Party published an article this week that “appeared to argue fiction is fact” on the television drama House of Cards, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
The article from the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, authored by Zhao Lin, “ponders whether abuse of power as depicted in shows like ‘House of Cards and the film ‘American Gangster’ is for real,” the WSJ said.
“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 said.
“They are less upright than they boast.”
Some commentators in China have said the TV show “provides insight into how Washington works, while for others it’s just good drama,” the Wall Street Journal said.
The article said “dramas surprise Chinese audiences because the story line contrasts with crowing from Western nations that their systems of government represent integrity,” the WSJ said.
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