The Epoch Times
The Epoch Times is a conservative, anti-communist American newspaper found in 2000 by Chinese immigrants who fled persecution by the Communist regime. There are editions in over 30 countries which are published in more than 20 languages. It is known for its reporting on the Spygate scandal in which Obama administration official and deep state agents spied on the Trump campaign.
Mainstream media smear campaign
In August 2019, NBC and MSNBC began a smear campaign slandering The Epoch Times. It published textbook fake news articles complete with claims from "unnamed" (i.e. non-existent) sources without providing any evidence about the organization, as well as dismissing the Epoch Times' reporting of the Spygate scandal as a "conspiracy theory" without providing any factual rebuttal, take it a step further when Rachel Maddow showed footage from an unrelated YouTube show about conspiracy theories, claiming that was content produced by The Epoch Times. NBC also reiterated propaganda talking points made by the Chinese Communist party on the Falun Gong spiritual practice banned in China, while downplaying the scale of the regime's crackdown on the practice. 
NBC claimed that the Epoch Times spent money on "pro-Trump" Facebook ads, despite the fact that they were advertisements for the print newspaper's subscription which highlighted articles on Trump, In response to the report from NBC, Facebook banned ads for The Epoch Times, despite the fact that The New York Times, CNN and other mainstream media organizations have also aired similar Facebook ads.
- NBC News Fails CRC Fact Check: The Epoch Times Is No Pro-Trump Dark Money Operation. Retrieved on 6 October 2019.
- "Why NBC, MSNBC’s Reporting on The Epoch Times Is Textbook Fake News", www.theepochtimes.com, 22 August 2019.
- "Epoch Times Statement in Response to NBC Facebook Stories", www.theepochtimes.com, 23 August 2019. Retrieved on 7 October 2019.
- "Opinion | NBC News Smears a Competitor", WSJ.