‘Fox News’ Deletes Column By Executive Which Criticized Diversity On U.S. Olympic Team

Fox executive John Moody says that the U.S. Olympic Committee wants to change motto to 'darker, gayer, different.'

Gus Kenworthy, of the United States, celebrates at the end of his second run in the men's ski slopestyle final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Kenworthy's life has changed, and unlike most athletes who make it big at the Olympics, it's only partly because of the medal he won. His supposedly perfect stay in Russia was something much less, however, mainly because of the secret he kept. He was gay but would not tell the world for almost another two years.
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Fox executive John Moody says that the U.S. Olympic Committee wants to change motto to 'darker, gayer, different.'

Fox News executive John Moody published an essay that criticized U.S. Olympic officials for praising diversity on the 2018 United States Winter Olympic team. John Moody says the U.S. Olympic Committee bowed to politically correct pressure “by assigning teams quotas for race, religion, or sexuality.” Moody wrote his column as an op-ed, but Fox News removed it after backlash from civil rights groups.

John Moody Wrote An Essay Criticizing Diversity On The Winter Olympic Team

Though the essay railing against diversity was removed by Fox News, it is still available in an archived source. John Moody titled his piece “In Olympics, let’s focus on the winner of the race — not the race of the winner,” calling for those in positions of authority on the Olympic Committee not to be swayed by calls for diversity, says BuzzFeed.

John Moody’s current title at Fox is executive vice president, executive editor for Fox News, and he periodically writes op-ed columns for their website. Moody expressed his shock at how many minorities and openly gay people are on the U.S. Olympic Team in the Winter Olympics after he heard an Olympic official expressing his pleasure in the diversity of the team.

“That was followed by a, frankly, embarrassing laundry list of how many African-Americans, Asians and openly gay athletes are on this year’s US team.”

Moody Says The USOC Is Trying To Change The Motto To “Darker, Gayer, Different”

Moody looked back to the good old days in 1894 when the Olympic motto was made official as “faster, higher, stronger,” and fears sarcastically that it has been changed.

“It appears the US Olympic Committee would like to change that to ‘Darker, Gayer, Different.'”

The op-ed piece by John Moody was posted on Wednesday, and by this morning, it was gone from the official Fox News site. A spokesman for Fox News released a statement addressing the essay by Moody.

“John Moody’s column does not reflect the views or values of Fox News and has been removed.”

The actual essay by John Moody for Fox News suggests that some athletes were not selected for their athletic prowess, but rather through an affirmative action process based on quotes of race and sexual orientation.

“Were our Olympians selected because they’re the best at what they do, or because they’re the best publicity for our current obsession with having one each from Column A, B, and C?”

The Number Of Minorities On The Winter Olympic Team Is Still Rather Low

HuffPost reports that the U.S. Winter Olympic team is still “overwhelmingly” white with far less diversity than the U.S. Summer Olympic teams. But John Moody says that it’s shameful that a USOC official shared it as a positive that there are more African-American and Asian-American athletes than in previous years.

The Washington Post is reporting that John Moody was reacting to a WP article by Rick Maese titled “Trying to make Team USA look more like America.”

For the record, the U.S. Winter Olympic team has 10 African Americans and 10 Asians in a group of 243 athletes, plus two men who are openly gay, snowboarder Gus Kenworthy and figure skater Adam Rippon.

The article posted by John Moody was said to be posted without any vetting due to his tenure and executive standing at Fox News.