Executive editor for Fox News John Moody recently published a piece about the Winter Olympics, arguing that Team USA is focusing its efforts too much on diversity instead on focusing on the merits of the athletes.
In the story, “In Olympics, let’s focus on the winner of the race — not the race of the winner,” Moody lambasted Team USA for making the Olympics less about “faster, higher, stronger” and more about “darker, gayer, different,” leading to heavy outrage.
“Unless it’s changed overnight, the motto of the Olympics, since 1894, has been “Faster, Higher, Stronger.” It appears the U.S. Olympic Committee would like to change that to “Darker, Gayer, Different.” If your goal is to win medals, that won’t work,” Moody wrote.
“So, while uncomfortable, the question probably needs to be asked: 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?”
Then, he referenced a “rainbow of political correctness” for allegedly putting unqualified athletes on the U.S. Olympic team.
“Complaining that every team isn’t a rainbow of political correctness defeats the purpose of sports, which is competition,” Moody argued. “At the Olympic level, not everyone is a winner. Not everyone gets a little plastic trophy to take home.”
Twitter users slammed the piece, including notable figures like MSNBC’s Chris Hayes as well as gay rights groups.
— Dave Holmes (@DaveHolmes) February 8, 2018
He very obviously reflects the views and values of Fox News. https://t.co/6879OZwhSY
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 9, 2018
As of Friday morning, the piece was taken down. It can be read in its entirety here.
“John Moody’s column does not reflect the views or values of FOX News and has been removed,” Fox News said in a statement.
- Report from THR
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