Cliche of the Week 86 – Crushing Defeat

April 10, 2012 at 10:44 am Leave a comment

The annihilation of stars and political leaders is a blood sport in the news business.

Crushing defeat appears in news reports globally from 200 to 400 times a month, peaking during elections and major sporting events, and is more loved by the British press than in the US.

“Most analysts considered Mr (Newt) Gingrich to be `finished’ after he was hit by a tsunami of negative attack advertisements in Iowa and a crushing defeat in New Hampshire subsequently.” (The Straits Times, April 1)

“In retrospect, the key defeat for the traditional ruling class could be said to have taken place as long ago as 1945, when the Tories under Winston Churchill, grandson of a duke, suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Clement Attlee’s thoroughly egalitarian Labour Party.” (The Observer, April 1)

Australians serve failure before and after elections.

“It was more than 24 hours after Anna Bligh’s crushing defeat that Gillard fronted the media in Seoul to answer questions about whether the state Labor rout was a warning sign for her.” (Courier-Mail, March 29)

And in sport. “Australians love (James) Horwill. He’s passionate on the field, honest off it, and dignified, but never aloof, in the event of a crushing defeat.” (Sydney Morning Herald, February 25)

Cliche of the Week appears in The Australian newspaper Mondays. Cliches in the media are tracked across the world using Factiva and Dow Jones Insight.

Chris Pash’s book, The Last Whale, a true story set in the 1970s, was published by Fremantle Press in 2008.

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