Fox News has removed a column from Executive Vice President John Moody that condemned a “darker, gayer, different” 2018 Winter Olympics.
“John Moody’s column does not reflect the views or values of FOX News and has been removed,” a spokesperson told TheWrap on Friday.
In the piece, posted Wednesday, Moody complained that the U.S. Olympic team’s desire to promote diversity might come at the cost of player performance.
“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 of the team’s drive to increase representation of Asian, African-American and gay athletes.
In the original piece, Moody cited Jeremy Lin and Jackie Robinson as examples of athletes who triumphed as a result of their own merit and didn’t take handouts in the name of “diversity.”
A Fox News insider said that Moody’s title of “executive editor” was merely a formality and that he has not performed that function in several years. It is unclear what exactly Moody’s job responsibilities are or if he will face any additional consequences for his column.
You can read an archived version of the piece here.