There have been numerous incidents in recent months raising the specter of corruption. Just last week it says the head of Translation Bureau of the Communist Party's Central Committee was let go from his post for "an improper lifestyle."
Apparently this improper lifestyle came to light after his alleged mistress posted an on-line, 100,000 character tell-all about their affair.
But gaining international attention — the case of Lei Zhengfu, the party boss of Chongqing's Beibei District, who was caught on tape with an 18-year-old mistress. Extremely explicit screen grabs from the tape were widely circulated on the Internet.
The woman in the photos is alleged to have been a plant by a company that wanted to blackmail Lei.
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The editorial goes on to cite a study done by a Chinese university, that found 95 percent of officials who are under investigation have mistresses.
It openly worries that successive scandals "may erode the public's confidence in officials" and also leave people questioning women's promotions, lest they think they got them for the wrong reasons.
—By CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera; Follow her on Twitter