Robin Wright: D.C. reporters sleep with sources

The February issue of Capitol File. (Photo by Andrew Eccles.) The February issue of Capitol File. (Photo by Andrew Eccles.)

Actress Robin Wright has apparently gained much insight into the inner workings of Washington through her research into her “House of Cards” character — the malevolent Second Lady Claire Underwood.

For instance, she gleaned this little gem from a conversation with an unnamed “senior person” in the Obama administration: Washington reporters sleep with their sources!

During a Q&A in the upcoming issue of Capitol File magazine, a reporter asked whether Wright’s White House source thought the fictional events depicted in the Netflix series were close to the mark.

“Did he think reporters sleeping with sources and members of Congress was factual?” the reporter asked.

“Oh, yeah,” the actress replied. “D.C. is more corrupt than Hollywood. It really is. It’s more sleazy than Hollywood… how much infidelity goes on.”

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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