“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.
: 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.”