Robert Fisk, a journalist I have little or no respect for. In his latest piece in the London Independent he whinges about 'poisonous clichés'.
To illustrate his point he says '...the Israeli secret police – who also torture and murder – tend to be "elite" or (my favourite) "second to none".'
Really? You hear a lot about Israel, but I've never heard that. Admittedly Google isn't an ideal barometer but still, try googling 'Israeli secret police, second to none'. The ONLY reference in there that puts those phrases together is Fisk's own line from the article. Is it used? Possibly. A cliché? Nonsense. But it got some anti-Israeli kicks into a meandering article about pretty much nothing so the primary objective was served.