People who work for the media like to think of themselves as hard-bitten cynics who "tell it like it is."
Yet, it seems to me much of the media is more into myth-making than in reporting cold hard facts.
Here are some of the more prominent media myths of late:
Myth 1. Liberal leader Stephane Dion is an ardent environmentalist.
Why is this so? Because Dion calls himself an environmentalist, because he named his dog Kyoto and because he sported green scarves at the Liberal leadership convention. That's enough to win over the media.
Myth 2. Climate Change is the Number One issue for Canadians
Yeah, I know the polls tell us Canadians care about the environment. But the "environment" can mean anything from having clean hiking trails to litter free beaches. And I'm sorry Canadians don't really think global warming should take priority over poor old grandma who has to wait eight months to get her hip replaced.
Myth 3. If your last name is Trudeau you are part of a natural ruling dynasty.
All the media fawning over Justin Trudeau is bad enough but putting that photo of Alexandre Trudeau's baby on the front page of the Globe and Mail, come on give me a break. What are we living in a monarchy?
Myth 4. Belinda Stronach has a legitimate shot at one day becoming Prime Minister
Here's what Belinda is: a spoiled rich kid with skads of money to hire the best spin doctors and publicists. Here's what she isn't: a serious political actor with any sense of vision or ideas.
Myth 5. The media is unbiased.
We all know the media tilts to the Left. But lately it seems to have become openly become the cheering section for the Dion Liberals. The Globe and Mail has especially evolved into a Liberal Party newsletter.
Mind you, reality has never been all that important in politics, but it would nice if once and awhile the media would look beyond the razzle, dazzle.