Monday night's national championship college football matchup between Clemson and Alabama goes far beyond football. To the USA Today sports staff progressives, it's a matter of red state teams from Alabama and South Carolina invading Hillary Clinton country when they square off at Levi Stadium in California's Santa Clara County.



Liberals claim to hate "Fake News," but that's not true when they're making movies "based on real events" or "based on a true story." Tucked away inside Friday's Life section of USA Today, on page 4D, Patrick Ryan did a little "Fact Check" and noted some places where the new movie on Ruth Bader Ginsburg On The Basis of Sex is playing fast and loose with facts. The screenwriter is Justice Ginsburg's nephew, and she approved the script -- including fake parts.



This week, NewsBusters is recounting the most obnoxious liberal bias of 2018. Today, we're reviewing the most idiotic quotes of the year. Journalists making the cut this year include Chris Matthews wanting “thought and prayers” to be “outlawed,” The New York Times telling readers that communist theorist Karl Marx was “right,” and CNN’s Jim Sciutto scaring his audience about climate change, as he feared we were being “slowly burned to death.”



Jet-setting tennis pro Serena Williams, the insulting LeBron James, cop-hater Colin Kaepernick and the gymnasts who exposed former U.S. Olympic coach Larry Nasser are the sports heroes of 2018 — in the progressive view of USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan. The gymnasts are no-doubters; the others are highly questionable.



The dominant story on the front page of Tuesday’s USA Today was incredibly one-sided on “transgender equality.” Above and below a picture of trans man Grayson Russo were the headlines “Some Americans are denied ‘lifesaving’ health care / Because they identify as transgender.”  Right under the headline is a large pull quote to add to the theme: “These are lifesaving procedures, and to deny somebody a lifesaving procedure is malpractice,”



This week, I did something that USA Today’s executive leadership apparently hadn't done lately: I read the newspaper’s “principles of ethical conduct for newsrooms.” It's pretty highfalutin. The media manifesto of virtue, posted online, applies to all employees “working with any news platform, including newspapers, websites, mobile devices, video, social media channels and live story events.” 



Oklahoma University's superstar quarterback Kyler Murray won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, but by Sunday he was being shamed by the media for something that has absolutely nothing to do with his incredible 2018 football season. Instead, Murray became just the latest high-profile athlete to be busted by social media "cops" in the sports media exposing anyone who has written "anti-gay slurs" in their youth.



The death of former president George Herbert Walker Bush created a calm oasis of civil discourse, if only for a couple of minutes. It was appropriate to salute this man’s kindness and statesmanship, even when you disagreed with him passionately, as many conservatives did. And yet, it’s a bit odd that pundits suddenly remember the kinder, gentler noblesse oblige of Bush’s presidency. This from the same industry that mocked him when he was in office.



CBS Sports and USA Today Sports finally have something good to say about a Republican. Both liberally slanted media outlets wrote glowing tributes this weekend to the late President George Herbert Walker Bush, who died Friday. CBS's Mike Axisa focused on the late President Bush's special connection with baseball, and USA Today's Christine Brennan reflected on "Genuine George H.W. Bush" and golf memories.



Signing linebacker Reuben Foster, released earlier this week by the San Francisco 49ers for alleged domestic violence, opened up the Washington Redskins to collateral media attacks on their team nickname. ESPN Around the Horn commentator Kevin Blackistone, USA Today For the Win writer Steven Ruiz and others couldn't resist the temptation to take swipes at the Redskins' nickname while blasting the team for signing Foster.



Just a couple weeks ago the media were warning about “startling new research” by Princeton and Scripps scientists that indicated faster global warming, but it turns out that panic was overblown. The researchers issued corrections to the paper after a climate skeptic pointed out a math error in the study.



A few days ago, USA Today News & Enterprise Reporter Scott Gleeson made a list of 12 athletes "who would make great politicians." The reasons given for the athletes' political qualifications are in some instances thin to say the least. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of them are progressives, headed up by the Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James and including the Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins, NBA coaches Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich and former Olympic skater Adam Rippon (see photo). Tim Tebow made the list, but as a Christian pro-lifer he's in the minority.