Cliché Corner  | American Journalism Review
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From AJR,   June/July 2006

Cliché Corner   

When President Bush shook up his staff this spring, journalists and Democratic politicos reached a consensus: He was simply “rearranging the deck chairs.”

But surely until the president himself engages the substantive problems that underlie his own unpopularity (anyone holding their breath?), shuffling some personnel around merely amounts to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic .
(The American Prospect)

Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic won't keep the ship of state from sinking.
(Chicago Sun-Times)

Democrats were quick to employ the cliché about rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic , while Republican officeholders, particularly those facing the electorate this November, expressed hope that throwing some deckhands overboard would right the ship of state.
(National Journal)

Mr. Bush's actions, however, are more along the lines of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic than they are any meaningful upgrade, and any housecleaning that doesn't include the firing of Mr. Rumsfeld, one of the architects of the disastrous Iraq war, isn't worthy of the term.
(Pittsfield, Massachusetts' Berkshire Eagle)

A spokesman for the Democrats said that the reshuffle was like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic .
(London's Times)

Using a somewhat tortured metaphor he added, "Simply rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic by replacing Andy Card with Josh Bolten without a dramatic change in policy will not right this ship."
(Washington, D.C.'s the Hill)

The White House is rearranging the deck chairs .
(Washington Post)

Instead, he replaced one White House insider — Card — with another — Josh Bolten — in a move that invited New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to make the inevitable " rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic " analogy.



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