Chinese news site run in US hired Republican strategist to help them get in good with Trump and his supporters
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NBC News broke a huge story that detailed the way that the Chinese news website The Epoch Times has turned from their conservative conspiracy theories to promoting President Donald Trump and running ads for him on Facebook. But the reporter revealed in an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Tuesday, that the site recently decided to begin running its own political operation.
She described the site like a kind of troll farm where the young “reporters” they hired are forced to churn out many articles each day. They’ve always been a conservative site that opposes things like homosexuality and pop music, but now they’re hoping to capitalize on evangelicals.
“So it makes sense, right, that this moment in which we’re very polarized and evangelicals are very close to Trump why this group, which shares a lot with evangelicals, in terms of their world view, why they would align themselves with Trump in that way,” said NBC reporter Brandy Zadrozny. “So they hitched their wagon to Trump’s star and it really paid off.”
August 21, 2019 at 2:49 AM #119799Cold Mountain TrailParticipant
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I would have pegged them for just a conservative/pro-trump site — i see their commercials on youtube & that’s what they sound like.
But they’re Falun Gong according to wikipedia (not pro-Chinese govt at all)
August 21, 2019 at 7:55 PM #120654Ohio BarbarianModerator
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Falun Gong! The reincarnation of the Taiping Rebellion, except they can’t get any traction in China. Another way of looking at them is to say they’re the Chinese Christian equivalent of Wahhabi Islam. Eeeew!
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August 21, 2019 at 7:38 PM #120642peacecorpsParticipant
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Only the Trump campaign has spent more money on ads in support of the president, data shows. … the outlet is “rabidly pro-Trump” because the most devout Falun Gong followers “believe that Trump was sent by heaven to destroy the Communist Party.”
The Facebook ads feature people praising Trump and talking about fake news and Deep State and QAnon conspiracies …
… argues that feminism and homosexuality are wicked and that aliens can take over human minds and bodies, and former employees said they were told they couldn’t write about gay people or popular music but needed to push conservative opinions and criticism of China.
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