“House of Cards”


‘House of Cards’ journalists portrayed as odd but at least they’re not sociopaths

Anyone who is up-to-date on the Netflix TV drama “House of Cards” knows that journalists play a significant role. I have something to say about that with the goal of viewing this portrayal within a historical context of fictional representations of reporters and editors. (If you have not yet binge-watched the 26 episodes, not to worry. There are no spoilers in this essay.)

Based on a trilogy of novels by former conservative British politician Michael Dobbs and a BBC miniseries, “House of Cards” shows American politics at its worst. Congressman Francis Underwood (played by Kevin Spacey) and his wife Claire (played by Robin Wright) have been aptly compared to Lord and Lady Macbeth. Nothing can quench their appetite for power. No one can stand in their way. Read more

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Journalists keep reacting to ‘The Newsroom’; ‘House of Cards’ makes Emmy history

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Since the second season premiere of “The Newsroom” aired last Sunday, many journalists have criticized it for being unrealistic.

Business Insider’s Steve Kovach called it “delightfully horrible,” and Jeff Jarvis said “it put me to sleep.” amNewYork’s Tim Herrera, meanwhile, called it “the worst show ever.” The Wrap collected some more negative tweets.

Still, not everyone’s a hater. The real writer behind the fictional Will McAvoy (@WillMcAvoyACN) account — whom I profiled last year — said he hears more positive than negative responses from journalists.

The writer, who has wished to remain anonymous out of “dramatic necessity,” told me via email: Read more


In ‘House of Cards,’ Slugline is the new Politico

House of Cards” is primarily about politics — old-style power and manipulation in the capital — but it’s also about journalism, and how the new replaces the old, over and over.

Spoilers throughout: In the 13-episode first season of the original Netflix series, journalist Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) rises quickly from metro reporter at The Washington Herald to be offered the job of chief White House correspondent, which she turns down.

“The White House is where news goes to die,” Zoe tells her editor. The position used to be prestigious “when I was in ninth grade. Now it’s a graveyard.” Read more

Exterior of The Baltimore Sun building, captured from "House of Cards" on Netflix.

‘House of Cards’ continues grand Hollywood tradition of fake newsrooms

“House of Cards” was filmed in part at the Baltimore Sun’s building, where producers built the newsroom for the fictional Washington Herald (not to be confused with The Washington Globe from the 2009 film “State of Play” or the “Washington Capital” in the thriller “The Rules of the Game” by former Washington Post Executive Editor Len Downie Jr.).

Last June Sun reporter David Zurawik wrote he hadn’t been able to see the sets — which weren’t in the Sun’s newsroom — but he could see the Herald’s sign outside. Read more