It’s easy to cherry-pick silly or ill-considered or factually flawed things he’s said.
-- Hendrick Hertzberg, "Foul Tip," The New Yorker, Jan. 16, 2009
It is only on a second reading that one can see how delicately Sethe cherry-picks what can be told to Denver as the epic triumph of Denver's birth…
-- A.S. Byatt, Toni Morrison, "Introduction," Beloved, 2006
Cherry-pick entered English in the 1960s possibly as an extension of the slang term cherry-picker, defined by Railroad Magazine in 1940 as a "switchman, so called because of red lights on switch stands. Also any railroad man who is always figuring on the best jobs and sidestepping undesirable ones."