FALUN GONG PT. 1
"Trump, QAnon and an impending judgment day: Behind the Facebook-fueled rise of The Epoch Times" https://twitter.com/Rowaida_Abdel/status/1177222696645644289
"Started almost two decades ago with a stated mission to “provide information to Chinese communities to help immigrants assimilate into American society,” The Epoch Times now wields one of the biggest social media followings of any news outlet."
The small New York-based nonprofit news outlet has spent more than $1.5 million on about 11,000 pro-Trump advertisements in the last six months, according to data from Facebook’s advertising archive — more than any organization outside of the Trump campaign itself,-"
"-and more than most Democratic presidential candidates have spent on their own campaigns.
Those video ads — in which unidentified spokespeople thumb through a newspaper to praise Trump, peddle conspiracy theories about the “Deep State,”and criticize “fake news” media —"
"-strike a familiar tone in the online conservative news ecosystem. The Epoch Times looks like many of the conservative outlets that have gained followings in recent years.
But it isn’t.
Behind the scenes, the media outlet’s ownership and operation is closely tied-"
"-to Falun Gong, a Chinese spiritual community with the stated goal of taking down China’s government.
Former practitioners of Falun Gong told NBC News that believers think the world is headed toward a judgment day, where those labeled “communists”-"
"-will be sent to a kind of hell, and those sympathetic to the spiritual community will be spared. Trump is viewed as a key ally in the anti-communist fight, former Epoch Times employees said. Started almost two decades ago as a free newspaper and website with a stated-"
"-mission to “provide information to Chinese communities to help immigrants assimilate into American society,” The Epoch Times now wields one of the biggest social media followings of any news outlet. In April, at the height of its ad spending, videos from the-"
"Epoch Media Group, which includes The Epoch Times and digital video outlet New Tang Dynasty, or NTD, combined for around 3 billion views on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, ranking 11th among all video creators across platforms and outranking every other traditional news-"
"-publisher, according to data from the social media analytics company Tubular.
That engagement has made The Epoch Times a favorite of the Trump family and a key component of the president’s re-election campaign. The president’s Facebook page has posted Epoch Times-"
"-content at least half a dozen times this year— with several articles written by members of the Trump campaign. Donald Trump Jr. has tweeted several of their stories, too.
In May, Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law, sat down for a 40-minute interview in Trump-"
"-And for the first time, The Epoch Times was a main player at the conservative conference CPAC this year, where it secured interviews with members of Congress, Trump Cabinet members and right-wing celebrities.
In 2009, the founder and leader of Falun Gong, Li Hongzhi,-"
"-came to speak at The Epoch Times’ offices in Manhattan. Li came with a clear directive for the Falun Gong volunteers who comprised the company’s staff: “Become regular media.”
The publication had been founded nine years earlier in Georgia by John Tang, Chinese American-"
"-practitioner of Falun Gong and current president of New Tang Dynasty. But it was falling short of Li’s ambitions as stated to his followers: to expose the evil of the Chinese government and “save all sentient beings” in a forthcoming divine battle against communism."
"In 1999, after thousands of Li’s followers gathered in front of President Jiang Zemin’s compound to quietly protest the arrest of several Falun Gong members, authorities in China banned Falun Gong, closing teaching centers and arresting Falun Gong organizers and-"
"-practitioners who refused to give up the practice. Human rights groups have reported some adherents being tortured and killed while in custody.
It has also invited scrutiny of the spiritual leader’s more unconventional ideas. Among them,-"
"Li has railed against what he called the wickedness of homosexuality, feminism and popular music while holding that he is a god-like figure who can levitate and walk through walls.
Li has also taught that sickness is a symptom of evil that can only be truly cured with-"
"-meditation and devotion, and that aliens from undiscovered dimensions have invaded the minds and bodies of humans, bringing corruption and inventions such as computers and airplanes.The Chinese government has used these controversial teachings to label Falun Gong a cult."
"Falun Gong has denied the government's characterization.
In 2005, The Epoch Times released its greatest salvo, publishing the ''Nine Commentaries," a widely distributed book-length series of anonymous editorials that it claimed exposed the Chinese Communist Party’s-"
“massive crimes” and “attempts to eradicate all traditional morality and religious belief.”
The next year, an Epoch Times reporter was removed from a White House event for Chinese President Hu Jintao after interrupting the ceremony by shouting for several minutes that-"
"-President George W. Bush must stop the leader from “persecuting Falun Gong.”
Hurley said Falun Gong practitioners saw communism everywhere: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, movie star Jackie Chan and former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan were all-"
"considered to have sold themselves out to the Chinese government, Hurley said.
This kind of coverage foreshadowed the news organization’s embrace of conspiracy theories like QAnon, the overarching theory that there is an evil cabal of “deep state” operators and child-"
"-predators out to take down the president.
“Slave labor may not be the right word, but that’s a lot of articles to write in one day,” one former employee said
“It’s like we were supposed to be fighting so-called liberal propaganda by making our own,” said Steve Klett,-"
"-who covered the Trump campaign for The Epoch Times as his first job in journalism. Klett likened The Epoch Times to a Russian troll farm and said his articles were edited to remove outside criticism of Trump.
“The worst was the Pulse shooting,” Klett said,-"
"-referring to the 2016 mass shooting in which 50 people including the gunman were killed at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. “We weren’t allowed to cover stories involving homosexuality, but that bumps up against them wanting to cover Islamic terrorism."
"-So I wrote four articles without using the word gay.”"
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Started almost two decades ago with a stated mission to “provide information to Chinese communities to help immigrants assimilate into American society,” The Epoch Times now wields one of the biggest...https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna1044121
"The White House has reviewed an incident last week in which a news photographer for the Epoch Times, a publication banned in China for its critical coverage, stepped into a restricted area and handed President Trump a folder during an official event."
Trump accepted the folder and appeared to open it briefly as he departed before quickly shutting it, the witnesses said. It was not clear what was inside the folder. Photographers who asked Bouaou afterward why she did it and what the folder contained said
"-she declined to provide details.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who discussed the incident with members of the White House Correspondents’ Association executive board, declined to answer questions about the matter."
"One former Obama administration official who worked on Asia policy recalled in an interview Monday that the Epoch Times has a reputation of being “more activists than journalists.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/white-house-reviews-incident-involving-epoch-times-photographer-handing-a-folder-to-trump/2018/09/18/e9d8b8ba-bac5-11e8-bdc0-90f81cc58c5d_story.html
The journalist, whose publication is banned in China, stepped into a restricted area as the president was leaving a ceremony in the East Room.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/white-house-reviews-incident-involving-epoch-times-photographer-handing-a-folder-to-trump/2018/09/18/e9d8b8ba-bac5-11e8-bdc0-90f81cc58c5d_story.html
In its three various iterations.
Oliver North while serving as NRA president was back at running illegal arms alongside Erik Prince. https://twitter.com/Fogfaaja/status/1079028241325834240?s=20
"The Obscure Newspaper Fueling the Far-Right in Europe
The conspiratorial bent of The Epoch Times is forging common cause with European nationalists."
"Much like their alt-right peers in the United States, supporters of the AfD distrust traditional media, preferring to consume the work of alternative news sources typically shared through Facebook. One of their principal sources of information is an online newspaper little-"
"-known outside of far-right circles. And that’s how Albrecht, armed with a hidden camera, came to spend several days filming inside the Berlin offices of The Epoch Times.
What Albrecht got was a rare look into the strange and secretive world of the newspaper, which was-"
"-founded by practitioners of the Falun Gong spiritual discipline that originated in China. The Times’ staff members Albrecht met in the Berlin office were all devotees of Falun Gong. Every day at 6 p.m., a bell rang, and everyone in the newsroom stopped what they were-"
"-doing, sat at their desks, and meditated. The Times has built a global propaganda machine, similar to Russia’s Sputnik or RT, that pushes a mix of alternative facts and conspiracy theories that has won it far-right acolytes around the world. Unlike Russia’s state-run-"
"-networks that cynically push disinformation to further Kremlin policy goals of undermining the West, the paper is delivering its own bespoke version of the truth—and has found an especially receptive audience for it in Germany. Why has a shamelessly pro-Trump paper-"
"-gained such a foothold there? And what does it stand to gain from its dalliance with the AfD? The answers are, in a way, mind-blowing.
In France, the Times gives an unfettered platform to Jean-Marie Le Pen, the patriarch of the French far right, and his daughter, Marine,-"
"-who leads the nationalist party her father founded. After thousands rallied against anti-Semitism in France earlier this year, The Epoch Times France transcribed a YouTube video posted by Jean-Marie Le Pen, who thought there was no need for such a rally. More recently,-"
"-the paper reported that Le Pen, dubbed “the Devil of the Republic,” believed—without evidence—that the Notre Dame fire was a criminal act." https://newrepublic.com/article/155076/obscure-newspaper-fueling-far-right-europe
PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others on its Truth-O-Meter.https://www.politifact.com/facebook-fact-checks/statements/2019/apr/26/viral-image/migrant-infants-have-appeared-defendants-immigrati/
A June 2018 news report accurately described the controversial reality of children facing deportation proceedings without legal representation.https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/children-immigration-court-deportation-attorney/
"The Uighurs are allegedly held in extrajudicial detention camps, forced to renounce their religion and subjected to re-education programs to make them more Chinese." https://www.newsweek.com/erik-prince-trump-devos-human-rights-myanmar-1366923
Erik Prince's new company, Reflex Responses (R2), has been retained by the sheik of the United Arab Emirates to help bolster that country's security.https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1387319/Blackwater-founder-Erik-Prince-Reflex-Responses-R2-training-secret-commandos-desert-mercenaries-UAE-Arab-sheik.html
"Prince has denied representing the Trump transition during the meeting, which he characterized as a chance encounter in the hotel bar over a beer that lasted no more than 30 minutes.
However Prince never mentioned the presence of al Mazroie or Dahlan."
"According to sources close to the UAE leadership, al Mazroie acts as bin Zayed's right hand man and informal head of intelligence, giving him access to the country's advanced surveillance technology." https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5484079/Top-Arab-spy-Seychelles-meeting-probed-Mueller.html
Billionaire mercenary Erik Prince met an oligarch in the Seychelles but also present were the United Arab Emirate's top spy and a Russian-speaking adviser to its leader, DailyMail.com disclose.https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5484079/Top-Arab-spy-Seychelles-meeting-probed-Mueller.html
"For more than a year, U.S. intelligence has been monitoring Prince’s communications and movements, according to a former senior U.S. intelligence officer and a second former intelligence official briefed on the investigation. Multiple sources,-"
"-including two people with business ties to Prince, told The Intercept that current government and intelligence personnel informed them of this surveillance. Those with business ties were cautioned to sever their dealings with Prince.
In January 2014,-"
"Prince officially went into business with the Chinese government’s largest state-owned investment firm, the Citic Group, and founded Frontier Services Group, which is based in Hong Kong.
But behind the back of corporate leadership at FSG, Prince was living a double life."
"Last October, FSG’s corporate leadership grew so concerned about Prince’s efforts to sell paramilitary programs and services that the board passed a series of resolutions stripping Prince of most of his responsibilities as chairman.
FSG also terminated the contracts of-"
"-two of Prince’s closest associates within the company after management became suspicious that they were assisting Prince in his unapproved dealings, according to two people with knowledge of FSGs inner workings. Smith declined to comment on internal FSG personnel matters."
"While Prince’s re-invented Libya “border security” proposal was framed as a means of stopping migration, sources with knowledge of Prince’s business strategy allege that he had greater ambitions in that country. One person involved in Prince’s plan said the anti-migration-"
"-force was seen as a vehicle for Prince to build a “backdoor” for so-called kinetic, or lethal, operations in Libya — a form of mercenary mission-creep. “During the day, you do interdiction of migrants —not kinetic,” said the person involved in the plan. “But those routes-"
"-are used by weapons smugglers and drug traffickers at night. Insurgents too. Erik’s guys can then be offered to the Libyans to help with their other problems. That’s how you get kinetic.”
The plan called for a series of “border security” bases housing intelligence-"
"-centers, helicopters, surveillance airplanes, and weaponized vehicles. Prince proposed a fully equipped, contemporary military force to be staffed in part by foreign mercenaries."
“This is Erik Prince using the refugee crisis in Europe in an effort to put mercenaries on the ground in Libya,” https://theintercept.com/2016/03/24/blackwater-founder-erik-prince-under-federal-investigation/
For more than a year, U.S. intelligence has been monitoring Erik Prince’s communications and movements, probing allegations that he used his company as a cover to set up Blackwater-style operations.https://theintercept.com/2016/03/24/blackwater-founder-erik-prince-under-federal-investigation/
"-the Trump administration approached Blackwater founder and Trump shadow adviser Erik Prince about potentially buying a Ukrainian aerospace company that the U.S. government wants to prevent the Chinese government from acquiring."
“Motor Sich is a leading maker of helicopter and airplane engines and the U.S. wants to scuttle its pending sale to a group of Chinese companies to keep Beijing from acquiring vital defense technology,” https://theintercept.com/2019/11/05/erik-prince-trump-ukraine-china/
As corporate lawyers in 2016, Wray and Rod Rosenstein’s top deputy, Rob Hur, probed the Blackwater founder’s paramilitary aircraft plans. What happens now?https://theintercept.com/2018/03/19/erik-prince-frontier-services-group-chris-wray-fbi/
He lived for around 20 years in the U.S. state of Virginia before returning home in 2011 to join other rebels in the uprising-" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-libya-security-haftar-insight/how-libyas-haftar-blindsided-world-powers-with-advance-on-tripoli-idUSKCN1RM0PJ
Western diplomats sat down for three hours with Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar in his eastern stronghold last month to try to dissuade him from launching an offensive against the internationally...https://www.reuters.com/article/us-libya-security-haftar-insight/how-libyas-haftar-blindsided-world-powers-with-advance-on-tripoli-idUSKCN1RM0PJ
“What’s new here is that this is purportedly a U.S.-based media company leveraging foreign actors posing as Americans to push political content."
The network of fake pages included 89 pages, 156 groups and 72 Instagram accounts."
September is normally before October.
55 million bots total more than 600 accounts and 9.5 million equals 0 to @Facebook.
And it is sure AF is not new that a US based media company would do this.
Just FYI. @snopes @NBCNews @carolecadwalla
FALUN GONG is backed by Freedom House that gets money from NED which is paid in USAID by State dep.
"What Will be less clear to OANN'S viewers is that the movie's runder, digital video company New Tang Dynasty, is closely ties to a spiritual movement that reportedly believes Donald Trump will help usher in the end times."
Quit pretending to be shocked about this. You are offering a Koch funded, CIA backed end times cult legitimacy, expanding their reach and efforts to whitewash Trumps racism. While ignoring these zealots and their backers very serious crimes. https://twitter.com/FrankLuntz/status/1240687017433825285?s=19