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NBC/MSNBC Smears the Epoch Times

Posted on | August 22, 2019 | 2 Comments


Nothing more displays the left-wing media’s devotion to propaganda than the way in which they use their influence to attack any journalistic endeavor which contradicts the liberal narrative. They have done this to Rush Limbaugh and every other successful talk-radio host, they have done it to Fox News, they have done it to Breitbart, they have done it to two publications (The Washington Times and The American Spectator) for which I have written, and they’ve done it to me personally.

Their latest target of character assassination is The Epoch Times, which had been a little-noticed newspaper until recently, when they beefed up their reporting staff and began to score some valuable exclusives, including excellent reporting on the “Russian collusion” scam. The Epoch Times also launched an online advertising effort to promote their reporting, and it was this effort — about $1.5 million in Facebook ads — that became the hook for a 3,000-word article at the NBC News web site with this kind of concern-trolling tone:

Those video ads — in which unidentified spokespeople thumb through a newspaper to praise Trump, peddle conspiracy theories about the “Deep State,” and criticize “fake news” media — strike a familiar tone in the online conservative news ecosystem.

That NBC should be accusing others of peddling “conspiracy theories,” after NBC went all-in on the phony “Russian collusion” narrative is . . .

Laughable, would be a good word. Psychological projection, if you want to go with the diagnostic approach. NBC also spends a lot of time thumping on the fact that the Epoch Times is apparently run by members of the Falun Gong, a dissident Chinese religious sect. Yeah, the liberal media are now leveraging ethnic and religious bigotry to smear their opponents — next they’ll report on the, uh, ((( ownership ))) of the New York Times? Of course not. Don’t be silly. The ethnicity and religious affiliation of journalists only matter when these characteristics can be used as an ad hominem smear against conservative media. So there won’t be any NBC News stories about the ethnic/religious identity of Andy Lack or Jeff Zucker, no insinuations that liberal media outlets are untrustworthy because of ((( who ))) the ((( executives ))) are.

The NBC News smear job on The Epoch Times got turned into a half-hour segment on Rachel Maddow’s show Tuesday night. She spent nearly 10 minutes going on about an incident in 2006 when a Falun Gong protester disrupted a press conference with President Bush and Chinese President Hu, which is relevant to The Epoch Times journalism . . . how?

See, when you’re engaged in character assassination, as Maddow is, you’ll use whatever you can to discredit your target, in this case, a cheap guilty-by-association smear intended to convey the idea that The Epoch Times is untrustworthy because Falun Gong is a bizarre cult full of wackjobs who act crazy in public. But in fact, according to what I can gather from a swift scan of a Wikipedia article, Falun Gong is a blend of Buddhist and other beliefs that are common in Eastern religion, and the woman who disrupted the 2006 press conference was angry because China’s Communist government is persecuting Falun Gong.

The Epoch Times editor has responded to NBC’s slimy hit job:

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, known for her biased coverage of the Trump administration and for getting the Trump–Russia collusion story wrong, dedicated a whole 30 minutes of prime-time television to us on Aug. 20.
In her segment, Maddow presents a carefully crafted picture based on false claims that The Epoch Times is a purveyor of “conspiracy theories.”
As Maddow and the staff at NBC News know themselves, nothing could be further from the truth.
Maddow and the NBC reporters dismiss but do not provide a single point of factual rebuttal to our extensive coverage of the actions by Obama-era officials to target the Trump campaign in 2016, which have become known as “Spygate.”
Instead, Maddow engages in a description of Spygate that borders on lunacy, saying the scandal is “something about Donald Trump saving America from ‘satanic Democratic pedophiles.’”
The reality is that The Epoch Times has become a recognized leader in its coverage of the Spygate scandal. The tireless reporting by our team of reporters based on actual evidence — including court documents, congressional testimony, and interviews — has received wide acclaim from readers across the country and validation from other media outlets, including The New York Times, which has cited our coverage. . . .

You can read the whole thing. The fact that they got smeared by MSNBC means The Epoch Times must be doing good work.

Meanwhile, Maddow’s ratings are not so good lately.



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