Why Is a Far-Right Conspiracist Newspaper Being Stocked at the Capitol? - 2019-10-29
The cafeteria in the basement of the Colorado State Capitol is a place where staff and visitors — tourists, engaged citizens, young students on school field trips — can gather, relax and grab a quick bite to eat.
And now, while they're there, these civic-minded Coloradans can browse a free copy of the latest edition of The Epoch Times, a controversial right-wing newspaper with close ties to a Chinese religious sect and a history of promoting conspiracy theories like QAnon, the "Deep State" and anti-vaccination beliefs.
In an August investigative report on the Epoch Times, founded in 2000 by practitioners of a Chinese spiritual movement known as Falun Gong, NBC News described the publication as "straddling the line between an ultraconservative news outlet and a conspiracy warehouse." The newspaper dramatically expanded its U.S. coverage following the election of President Donald Trump and has become one of Trump's most ardent defenders on social media, spending at least $1.5 million on pro-Trump advertisements in the first half of 2019. Shortly after NBC News published its report, Facebook announced that it had banned the Epoch Times from advertising on the platform.