John Moody, the Fox News executive vice president and executive editor who wrote a racist, homophobic column about the Winter Olympics, has reportedly retired. A person familiar with the matter claims the John Moody retirement has nothing to do with his widely denounced column. The column was so bad that Fox News’ website later retracted it, stating that it did “not reflect the views or values” of the company.
Moody’s column criticized the presentation of teams at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. He wrote, “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.’”
He continued, “If your goal is to win medals, that won’t work…. In Olympics, let’s focus on the winner of the race — not the race of the winner. No sport that we are aware of awards points — or medals — for skin color or sexual orientation.
He added, “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?”
Moody was responding to a Washington Post article quoting U.S. Olympic officials were “pleased” that this year’s team “includes more African-Americans and Asian-Americans — and even the first two openly gay men — than recent winter squads.”
Moody started his career at Fox News as executive vice president when the network started in 1996 and left to become CEO of News Corp’s NewsCore wire service in 2009. When NewsCore later got absorbed into Fox News, he gained the title of executive vice president and executive editor.
CNN reports, “People familiar with his role said it was largely ceremonial and that he had little power in recent years.”
Fox News has a horrible record of covering LGBTQ and race issues in general. Past guests have claimed there’s no difference between the Confederate and rainbow flags, for implying that most female victims of sexual assault are liars and wrongly stating that a gay Black Lives Matter protestor instructed others to become violent. They also regularly peddle transphobic junk science.