Literal cherry picking can be a fun activity during harvest season. But using the best cherries make a more delicious pie. To cherry-pick means to select the best or most desirable from a larger group (such as selecting from a list of facts only those that supports your argument).
This will generate an audit report, but not one that’s public, though Kersey plans to summarize it for voters. When asked how voters can determine whether he is cherry-picking from the report, Kersey said, “If there’s something insecure, we want to know about it, and if it can’t be mitigated, we’re not going to use it.”
— Yael Grauer, Slate, 11 July 2019
The machine known as a cherry picker is not so named because of its habit of selectivity, but more likely on the notion that it can extend to the higher parts of the cherry tree to make picking from those heights easier.