The Olympics start tomorrow. Figure skating! Bobsleigh! International politics! Russian doping! A chance to tell everyone about how the Olympics is a global con that leaves host cities in crippling debt! Whatever your hobby horse, there’s plenty to get excited about right now. With that in mind, let’s check in on what Fox News is talking about:
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.”
This post, written by Fox News executive editor John Moody under the headline “In Olympics, let’s focus on the winner of the race—not the race of the winner,” starts with Moody complaining about how a USOC official recently lauded the diversity of the U.S. Olympic delegation. It quickly spirals into a hysterical, hypothetical-riddled screed about right-wingers’ favorite target: political correctness.
Complaining that every team isn’t a rainbow of political correctness defeats the purpose of sports, which is competition.
No one is making that complaint, man.
Insisting that sports bow to political correctness by assigning teams quotas for race, religion or sexuality is like saying that professional basketball goals will be worth four points if achieved by a minority in that sport – white guys, for instance – instead of the two or three points awarded to black players, who make up 81 percent of the NBA. Any plans to fix that disparity? Didn’t think so.
At the Olympic level, not everyone is a winner. Not everyone gets a little plastic trophy to take home.
Ah, always good to spice things up with a classic “trophies are making America soft now” take.
Moody goes on to invoke Jackie Robinson, Jeremy Lin, and the 1993 Jamaican bobsled team in the service of making his point, which I guess is supposed to be that he’s a real piece of shit.
Update (Feb. 9, 1:40 p.m. ET): Fox News removed the post, saying it “does not reflect the views or values of FOX News.”