90 Miles From Tyranny : Fox News Caves to Leftist Pressure, Pulls Their Own Editor’s Op-Ed Decrying Identity Politics at Olympics

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Fox News Caves to Leftist Pressure, Pulls Their Own Editor’s Op-Ed Decrying Identity Politics at Olympics

Fox News published an op-ed by John Moody, executive vice president and executive editor, Wednesday titled “In Olympics, let’s focus on the winner of the race — not the race of the winner,” only to pull the piece under pressure from identity-politics lobbyists and left-leaning media.

By Friday, Fox had removed the editorial – which criticized the heavy focus on the racial and sexual “diversity” of the American team at the upcoming Winter Olympics at PyeongChang, South Korea, to the detriment of the traditional emphasis on athletic prowess – from their website without an explanatory note. When asked, a Fox News representative told Breitbart News only that “John Moody’s column does not reflect the views or values of FOX News and has been removed.”

In his op-ed, Moody slammed Jason Thompson, the U.S. Olympic Committee’s (USOC) “director of diversity and inclusion” for insisting on a Winter Olympics team that “looks more like America.” The Washington Post’s Rick Maese, who wrote up his interview with Thompson, openly admits this, in large part, merely means a team with fewer white people on it. “[T]his year’s U.S. Olympic team, not unlike those of most other nations gathering in PyeongChang this week, is still overwhelmingly white,” he laments.

“We’re not quite where we want to be,” the USOC’s Thompson told Maese about the racial makeup of the American Olympic team, adding later, ““We still have some work to do. … We’re not quite there yet.”

Of the U.S. Winter Olympic team, the Wapo’s Maese writes, “10 are African American — 4 percent — and another 10 are Asian American. The rest, by and large, are white.”

According to 2016 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, white Americans make up 73.3 percent of the U.S. population (62 percent if white-identifying Hispanics are counted separately). Accepting Maese’s estimate that 92 percent of the 2018 U.S. Winter Olympic Team is white, this would mean whites are over-represented by 25.5 percent.

Next, however, Maese notes that the much larger Summer Olympic Team USA has a “strikingly” different racial makeup. “The United States took more than 550 athletes to the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. Of that group, more than 125 were African American — about 23 percent,” he writes.

The same Census Bureau estimates put black Americans at 12.6 percent of the U.S. population, meaning blacks were 82.5 percent over-represented at the summer Olympics. If Maese’s numbers are correct, the combined winter and summer teams feature 135 black American athletes out of 793 total Olympians. That is to say, they are 17 percent black and that African Americans are 35 percent over-represented, significantly more than the 25.5 figure for white Americans at the Winter Olympics that Maese and Thompson call a “lack of diversity” that is a “priority” to rectify.

Nowhere in the Washington Post’s piece about the work in progress to combat the over-abundance of whites on the winter Team USA do Maese or Thompson make any negative implication about the massive over-abundance of...Read More HERE

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