US Winter Olympics team is too gay to win medals

US Winter Olympics team is too gay to win medals

Figure skater Adam Rippon, the first openly gay athlete to qualify for the Olympics, made headlines recently for challenging the selection of Vice President Mike Pence to lead the US delegation to the Olympics.

A person familiar with the network's internal structure said Moody's title is only a formal one and editors were "too deferential" to vet the story using the usual checks and balances.

Fox News has removed a column from Executive Vice President John Moody that condemned a "darker, gayer, different" 2018 Winter Olympics. Its headline, "In Olympics, let's focus on the victor of the race - not the race of the victor", prefaced a critique of American Olympic officials who had praised the diversity of the squad headed to this month's Winter Olympics in South Korea. Teams for the Winter Olympics are usually very white, but this year, we have 10 African-American and 10 Asian-American athletes.

"A USOC official was quoted this week expressing pride (what else?) about taking the most diverse US squad ever to the Winter Olympics", he writes.

"John Moody's column does not reflect the views or values of Fox News and has been removed", the network said in a statement.

John Moody, the executive vice president and executive editor of Fox News, questioned on Wednesday whether athletes on Team USA on this year's Olympics team truly earned their spots, suggesting that the team was more anxious about diversity than winning medals.

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"If your goal is to win medals, that won't work", Moody complained in the column, that was posted Wednesday and pulled Friday around 10:30 AM PT, after getting blasted on Twitter and in statements issued by various human rights organizations.

In his since-yanked Wednesday column, he wrote that complaining every Olympics team "isn't a rainbow of political correctness defeats the objective of sports, which is competition".

And Moody asked if the athletes on the team were selected because they are "the best at what they do, or because they're the best publicity for our current obsession with having on each from Column A, B and C?"

"No sport that we are aware of awards points - or medals - for skin color or sexual orientation", Moody continues.

A Fox News executive who has a problem with diversity? "Look at this distance!" remarked the commentator as Biney was "ripping up the track, an astounding performance by a [then] 17-year-old, crushing the field and she is going to the Olympic Games!" A source at Fox News told the Reporter that because of Moody's high rank, "the column was not put through the proper vetting process". This year's team also includes its first two openly gay men.

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