The Epoch Times is an international, multi-language news media company in print and online. The Epoch Times first published in New York in April 2000 (in Chinese only) and the online edition in August 2000. In 2003, The Epoch Times launched an online edition in English, which began printing as a newspaper in New York in 2004. The Epoch Times is founded by John Tang and a group of Chinese-American Falun Gong practitioners. The Epoch Times publishes in 21 languages in 35 countries across five continents. Their focus topics includes sections for world and national news, op-eds, sports, entertainment, business, arts and culture, travel and health.
Funded by / Ownership
The Epoch Times is owned by the Epoch Media Group, which also owns NTD. The Epoch Times is funded through a a subscription, advertising and donation model. According to their about page they are an 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Analysis / Bias
The Epoch Times editorials regarding US news generally tend to stay neutral as they source from both sides by using the Weekly Standard and Axios, however they do reflect a strong anti-communism bias. Opinion pieces are very poorly sourced when reporting about China. The Epoch Times also uses loaded language that occasionally favors the right such as this: Why Media Organizations Can’t Let Go of the Fake Russia-Collusion Narrative.
A factual search shows that they have not failed any fact checks. However, the Epoch Times has a section called Beyond Science that publishes pseudoscience news, such as Supernormal Abilities Developed Through Meditation: Dr. Dean Radin Discusses.
Overall, we rate The Epoch Times Right-Center Biased and High for factual reporting regarding USA news, however we rate them Mixed overall due to the publication of Pseudoscience. This source is also highly biased against communist news in regards to China. (M. Huitsing 8/21/2017) (Updated 11/13/2018)