"Everybody raved about the News and Journalism," said John Diamond, coordinator for the News and Journalism department of the conference. He added the category is now here to stay. The decision to add the category was made a year and a half ago, and Diamond said people are increasingly looking to sources other than mainstream media in order to find the truth. "We were looking to the best of the alternative truth-telling media to invite to this conference."
"I was in the military in the Cold War and the '80s, so I knew how communists deal with journalism. When they took over Eastern Germany when I was in the Air Force in the early '80s, when they took over Eastern Europe, they took over the state media," Diamond said. "So I know what that kind of propaganda looks like, I saw ours heading that way many years ago. But you know, the good thing with the coronavirus and the election, is it really exposed who the truth-tellers were, and [The Epoch Times] has really been the top as far as fair and honest, truthful journalism."