What's the deal with the 'Epoch Times'? Here's why you're seeing so much pro-Trump content - 2019-10-15
If you've been seeing a lot of ads online from the Epoch Times, you're not alone. The newspaper, founded in 2000 by adherents of the Falun Gong religious movement " as an antidote to communist propaganda ," has reportedly been spending millions of dollars to reach new readers with its pro-Donald Trump message.
In August, NBC News reported that the paper had spent more than $1.5 million on Facebook ads alone in a six-month period, before it was banned from advertising on the site after reportedly running ads that didn't make clear their ties to the organization. Its messages still frequently pop up on other advertising platforms, including YouTube and Google.
The paper, which strongly opposes the Chinese Communist Party, has taken a decidedly pro-Trump angle in recent years. Current headlines on the site refer to a "Democrat-led impeachment inquiry," the high cost of "healthcare for illegal immigrants," and CNN's "nonstop Trump focus."