So I've been seeing (annoyed by) so many ads for The Epoch Times, I finally decided to look them up for good. And I didn't need to look far. This is from Wiki (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Epoch_Times):Falun Gong is an exiled religious cult that is banned and persecuted by the Communist Chinese Party. Epoch Times is part of their campaign to use social media and other legitimate looking platforms to influence nations (and foreign policies towards China). It is another influence op for foreign origin. And just like other influence ops, it doesn't care about collateral damage from its activities, as long as it is the sole beneficiary.The Epoch Times is a multi-language newspaper and media extension of the Falun Gong new religious movement. The newspaper is part of the Epoch Media Group, which also operates New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD). For its articles, the publication draws from a network within China, as well as staff living in the West. The Epoch Times has been publishing in Chinese since May 2000. It is either sold or distributed free-of-charge in 35 countries, including various international regional editions. The Epoch Times websites are blocked in mainland China.
The media outlet is primarily known for promoting far-right politicians across Europe and the United States, and in particular for its promotion of U.S. President Donald Trump; a 2019 report showed it to be the second-largest funder of pro-Trump Facebook advertising after the Trump campaign. The group's news sites and YouTube channels have spread conspiracy theories such as QAnon and anti-vaccination propaganda.
As palatable as the content/theories might be to you (that's the point of every influence op!), you cannot ignore who the authors are and their [hidden] agenda. Even a marionet knows who is pulling its strings.