World Economic Forum elites strategize on how to fight right-wing groups: ‘Hit back!’

During panel discussions Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, several elite participants called for more to be done to stop the spread of so-called “disinformation” from the “right wing.”

Take Richard Edelman, the CEO of the global communications firm Edelman. He said that one of the “sadnesses” he’s experienced in the past few years has been the “deterioration of trust” in non-governmental organizations — a phenomenon he blamed specifically on “right-wing” “disinformation.”

“My hypothesis on that is right-wing groups have done a really good job of disenfranchising NGOs. They’ve challenged the funding sources. They’ve associated you with Bill Gates and George Soros. They’ve said that you’re world people, as opposed to actually what you are, which is local,” he said.

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He further suggested that issues like COVID-19, climate change, and so-called “racial equity” would best be handled by NGOs, but lamented that most people don’t trust these organizations anymore because of the rhetoric of the right — rhetoric that he said it’s imperative NGOs fight back against.

“You guys are great at punching but terrible at taking a punch. You have to learn to do two things. One is preempt. When they’re going to punch you, you gotta know they’re gonna punch you and say, ‘Why are they punching us?’ The other is when they hit you and they’re inaccurate, hit back. Don’t take it,” he said.

Next he turned to ESG, which is short for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals. A company that focuses on ESG typically prioritizes “woke” social issues over the procurement of profit. People who fight against ESG are those likewise opposed to these non-traditional standards.

“Edelman and other panelists acknowledged that people opposed to environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals in the private sector are also forcing companies to reassess how to talk about those goals,” according to Fox News.

“When a representative of the Anti-Defamation League said companies are starting to shy away from the explicit use of ‘ESG’ as a corporate goal, Edelman encouraged companies to hold firm,” Fox News reported Wednesday.

“Business needs to stand its ground,” he said.

However, in fairness, he also “said companies should not lose sight of the fact that they’re in business to make money and should make sure ESG goals don’t force them down a path of ‘chasing some woke illusion,'” according to Fox News.

“Focus your attention on four issues: sustainability, on jobs and re-skilling, focus on diversity, equity and inclusion and geopolitics, like ‘Get out of Russia,’ But don’t take on every issue,” he continued.

Later during the discussion, Edelman “proposed that companies do all they can to defund sites that spread disinformation.”

“I think the first thing … that business needs to do is deprive platforms that spread disinformation of oxygen. Stop advertising. Pull your promotion money,” he said.

During a separate panel discussion, Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, also called for silencing dissenting voices on social media.

“Let me just say real quick- the American people, basically, I think are tired and very, very upset with how the operations are being going whether it could be in extreme states or extreme Congress that we have. The problem that we have is the open press system and basically all the platforms,” he said.

“So if you’re able to have five platform, social platforms, you can basically personify the extremes as somebody who is extremely right or extremely left, and it seems like that is the majority speaking. They’re not the majority, but they’re basically driving everybody to make a decision,” he added.

Rep. Seth Moulton, a Democrat, meanwhile complained about the so-called “misinformation” on social media keeping his constituents away from the COVID vaccine.

“I have a constituency that I’m trying to keep healthy, and I can’t get them to take a COVID vaccine because of misinformation that’s propagated on the Internet. And that’s where this becomes a much tougher, more difficult concern,” he said.

His specific words prompted a response from newly declared Indiana Senate candidate Jim Banks later that evening on Fox News’s “The Ingraham Angle.”

“Beware of politicians who appear out of nowhere and come here to tell us they will save us. That’s what my colleague was talking about at the World Economic Forum, overseas, putting down his own constituents, and that’s what I’m talking about,” he said.

“This is just insane. I can’t imagine that I would ever be invited to the World Economic Forum. I sure wouldn’t go. I wouldn’t fit in, but if I went there, my message would be the opposite. That America is here to be the leader, to put America in a stronger position, to put America first, that’s the message that members of Congress and the Senate should be sending abroad. Not a weak message that puts America down.”

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