One our best weapons, against misinformation is verification.
When we see a story, or post, that seems suspicious, it is likely that long-trusted, mainstream media sources can either support, or refute, that information.
By verifying, before reposting, we can stop the spread of false or deceptive material.
Biased news sources attempt to subvert the truth, by playing upon our fears and emotions. I encourage people to recognize when they read a story, or post, that incites these sentiments, to then delve deeper, to verify or falsify, the information. Does it trace to a single
If there is something that triggers an immediate negative response, we should probably research it, before we share it.
So, judge for yourself
The Epoch Times has seen a spike in popularity, owing, in large part , to its embrace of social media, and conservative U.S. politics. In April 2019, the newspaper, and its associated digital video platform, New Tang Dynasty, had a combined 3 billion views on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, according to data from Tubular, which tracks social media analytics. That is more than every other mainstream news outlet.
The Epoch Times markets itself as a source for “real news,” covering stories that the fake, mainstream news outlets don’t cover. However, this is a far from accurate portrayal of the kinds of stories they publish.
Instead, they actually publish pseudoscience, and conspiracy theories.
Their section “Beyond Science” promotes stories about chemtrails, UFOs, and ancient astronauts. They frequently publish articles, arguing against the existence of evolution and climate change.
They have repeatedly promoted pro-Trump conspiracy theories, such as Spygate, and Qanon*1.
the Epoch Media Group has promoted the theory that ,all the victims from the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 are secretly still alive, but are working as slaves in an underground facility.
It is possible that Trump’s anti-China rhetoric is one reason why The Epoch Times has come to believe his interests are aligned with theirs, since the government of the People’s Republic of China has, and is currently, persecuting members of Falun Gong*2 (founders).
I believe that he reason why mainstream news outlets do not cover the subjects The Epoch Times covers, is because they are just not real.
*1. According to supporters of QAnon, the world is secretly ruled by an international cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles. These Satan-worshipping pedophiles supposedly include major foreign leaders, all Democratic politicians, all mainstream journalists and new network anchors, and even liberal Hollywood celebrities. The leaders of this cabal supposedly include Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and George Soros. Supporters of QAnon say that the only one who is intelligent and powerful enough to stop this evil cabal of pedophile Satanists is Donald J. Trump, who is on a secret mission (“The Storm”) to thwart the secret cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles, that supposedly rules the world, and usher in an era of paradise on Earth.
*2. Li Hongzhi, Falun Gong’s leader, has claimed he can levitate and perform healing miracles.