The following scores Epoch Time’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.
Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 24 are generally acceptable; scores above 32 are generally good.
Bias scores for articles and shows are on a scale of -42 to + 42, with higher negative scores being more left, higher positive scores being more right, and scores closer to zero being the most neutral and/or balanced.
Individual Article Scores
A brief note about The Epoch Times itself being in the news lately: In August 2019, Facebook banned The Epoch Times and related Facebook accounts because it had violated its policies on transparency in political ad buys. This ban occurred in part because of investigations conducted by journalists Brandy Zadrozny and Ben Collins of NBC and journalist Judd Legum, publisher of the newsletter Popular Information, into The Epoch Times’ ad buying practices.
The NBC investigation article in particular details other relevant background information about The Epoch Times, including its apparent ownership by the Chinese religious and political activist group Falun Gong. The article links to a couple of Epoch Times articles in particular that covered the the QAnon conspiracy theory and anti-vaccination activists in fairly normalizing tones.
These three factors—the fact Epoch Times was kicked off Facebook, that it has unusual ownership, and that it has published a couple of noteworthy low-reliability articles, are all valid reasons why some observers would expect the Epoch Times to be much lower on the chart than our current rating. However, they are rated as they are because the basis of our ratings is the content analysis of the articles themselves (and note that our present sample did not include the QAnon and anti-vaccination activist articles). If you look at the articles themselves, you will likely find that they are not as bad as ones further down and rightward, and not as good as ones further up and leftward. We believe this content analysis approach is the most consistent way to rate news sources, which is why we do it that way.