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Fox News appears to have given one of its marquee hosts – Juan Williams – considerable slack for his on-air defense of controversial Nation of Islam head The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. But John Moody, a long time Fox News executive and vice president who authored a column questioning the PC nature of this year’s Olympics, did not fare so well.
Veteran journalist and media executive John Moody was handpicked to join Fox News as a top executive before it launched in 1996. Earlier in his career, Moody was the Moscow and Paris bureau chief for United Press International. He then went to work for Time for more than a decade and served as the Latin America, and then Rome, bureau chief for the influential newsweekly. Moody is the author of four books, including a biography of Pope John Paul II. At Fox, Moody served as the Executive Vice President, News Editorial of Fox News, where he was responsible for all editorial direction and story content for 13 years. In June 2012, after a three-year stint as CEO of Fox’s Newscore wire service, Moody rejoined Fox News, “elevated” to the position of Executive Editor and Executive Vice President and reporting directly to FNC Co-Founder and CEO Roger Ailes. In a June 2012 press release, Ailes said:
John’s extensive experience in news for the past several decades both in television and in print remain unmatched in the industry. John helped us become the number one news network and I look forward to working closely with him again.
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