AllSides gives The Epoch Times a media bias rating of Right with medium confidence.
August 2019 Editorial Review
On August 28, 2019, AllSides conducted an editorial review of The Epoch Times. An editorial review is when the AllSides editorial staff — which includes people from across the political spectrum — reviews the works of a source and comes to a general consensus on its bias. These reviews always include a diversity of individuals covering the range of bias from left to right. The team determined The Epoch Times has a Right media bias.
The AllSides team found The Epoch Times is clearly critical of left-wing ideas and policies such as open borders, the sexual revolution, abortion, and multiculturalism on its news and opinion pages. It writes favorably about freedom of speech, gun rights, immigration control, and other topics. It is openly critical of the Chinese Communist Party.
An independent review by an AllSides Staffer in April 2020 found that The Epoch Times maintains a right bias, and that overall, The Epoch Times reporting is factual. Its headlines are generally free from sensationalism, a type of media bias. In The Epoch Times' COVID-19 coronavirus coverage, the paper calls the coronavirus "The CCP Virus," or the "Chinese Communist Party Virus," inviting others to join them, writing, "The name holds the CCP accountable for its wanton disregard of human life and consequent spawning of a pandemic that has put untold numbers in countries around the world at risk, while creating widespread fear and devastating the economies of nations trying to cope with this disease."
During the Aug. 2019 editorial review, The AllSides team found The Epoch Times does not employ much spin, another type of media bias, as evidenced by the paper providing full coverage of Democratic policies and proposals and quoting left-wingers in full in its reporting. For example, an article about 2020 presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke's comments on abortion included the politician's comments in full, not phrases or short snippets. Likewise, AllSides noted that The Epoch Times often quotes President Trump in full and with accuracy, devoting multiple paragraphs to feature his comments in their entirety. This is in stark contrast to many U.S. media outlets, which quote only small portions or phrases of politicians' comments, in order to spin the story in a misleading way.
AllSides found The Epoch Times sometimes frames stories with right-wing viewpoints — for example, in an article detailing the Southern Poverty Law Center's lawsuit over immigrant detentions, The Epoch Times leads the story with a few paragraphs highlighting right-wing criticisms of the SPLC, without attributing the criticisms to a specific group or individual (omission of source attribution).
The Epoch Times' Self-Proclaimed Anti-Communist Bias
The Epoch Times has a self-proclaimed anti-communist bias and stands for traditional values and awareness of virtues.
"We stand against the systematic destruction of traditional culture by destructive ideologies such as communism, which continues to harm societies around the world," according to The Epoch Times "About" page. "We are inspired in this mission by our own experience. The Epoch Times was founded in 2000 to bring honest and uncensored news to people oppressed by the lies and violence of communism. Fulfilling this mission is our passion and our greatest honor."
"Having witnessed events like Tiananmen Square and the persecution of the spiritual group Falun Gong, and at a great risk to themselves and their loved ones, a group of Chinese-Americans started publishing The Epoch Times in Chinese in May 2000 in New York City," its website reads. "Some reporters in China were jailed, and some suffered severe torture. Yet despite the risks, they could see the growing need for uncensored coverage of events in China."
Past Media Bias Ratings of The Epoch Times
AllSides initially rated The Epoch Times as Lean Right following an independent review in July 2019, a rating given with low confidence.
About The Epoch Times
The Epoch Times, published by The Epoch Times Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. On its website, it says it is "dedicated to seeking the truth through insightful and independent journalism."
According to The Epoch Times, it is the largest Chinese-language newspaper outside of Mainland China and Taiwan. The English edition of The Epoch Times launched in September 2003 on the web, and in August 2004 as a newspaper in New York.