In an Oct. 29, 2020, article, “How a fake persona laid the groundwork for a Hunter Biden conspiracy deluge,” NBC News mentioned The Epoch Times twice, despite the topic of the article being completely unrelated to this newspaper. Furthermore, both mentions of The Epoch Times contain factual errors.
In its article, NBC News writes that “China Unscripted” is “a podcast produced by The Epoch Times.” The Epoch Times has no involvement in this podcast.
The NBC News article also incorrectly states that in 2019 “Facebook took down a network of fake accounts using computer-created faces tied to The Epoch Times.”
As stated previously by The Epoch Times in public statements, these Facebook accounts had no connection to The Epoch Times. The media company cited by Facebook is unrelated to The Epoch Times.
NBC News has now published at least five articles in just over a year that contain egregious factual errors about The Epoch Times, a competitor. NBC News has refused to correct many of these errors. We can see no reason for this other than it being intentional and agenda-driven.
We invite anyone to read both NBC News and The Epoch Times, and compare for yourself the fairness and balance of each media organization’s reporting.
Perhaps the biggest contrast between NBC News and The Epoch Times can be found in our independence from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which has worked for years to subvert key American institutions, including media organizations.
Over the past 20 years, The Epoch Times has reported extensively on the CCP’s widespread human rights violations, its efforts to subvert the United States, and its efforts to expand its influence around the world, and we have never taken a penny of CCP money.
NBC News and its parent company, NBC Universal, meanwhile, have cultivated close relationships with the CCP and affiliated entities, reaching business agreements worth billions of dollars.
On the editorial side, NBC News signed a memorandum of cooperation in 2010 with the CCP’s state media agency, Xinhua, to conduct extensive and in-depth cooperation in the collection, production, and broadcasting of TV news content and personnel training. Xinhua was officially designated by the U.S. State Department as a Chinese “foreign mission” in February this year.
It’s disheartening to see that one of America’s largest media organizations has close financial ties and editorial cooperation with the world’s most repressive regime. This makes abundantly clear that NBC has no ability to report on The Epoch Times without a biased agenda.