Saturday, April 20, 2024

Fox News Shows True Colors in Exec Editor’s Opinion: US Team is “Darker, Gayer, Different Olympics”


Can’t say I’m surprised. John Moody, who was Roger Ailes’ chief henchman and continues to be Executive Editor of Fox News, published an Op-Ed piece today about the Olympics titled “In Olympics, let’s focus on the winner of the race — not the race of the winner.”

Moody 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.” If your goal is to win medals, that won’t work.”

Fox has since taken the editorial down, because it’s racist and homophobic. But that’s what the real Fox News is, kids. I worked under John Moody for 10 years. The editorial people directly beneath him were constantly dealing with his narrow mindedness.

Moody went on: “For the current USOC, a dream team should look more like the general population. 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?”

There’s more, but you get the drift. Moody expresses exactly the sentiment of Fox News. It couldn’t be clearer. The fact that he’s still there after the Murdochs swept it clean of Ailes stooges is pretty surprising– Moody knew everything that Ailes was doing, promoted his philosophy, carried out his dirty work. Frightening. Maybe this will be enough to clear him out.

I’m putting up a picture of Ailes because it doesn’t matter what Moody looks like. This is who he is. Still.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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