The term has become a cliché. Maybe the reason so many use cliché is that they have a poor command of the English language. Me included.
I was going to use this quote to describe the F-35 program:
"A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him."
However, maybe a better description of F-35 program events is a comparison to Gotti.
Even after a devastating report that no statement of "production uber alles" can whitewash, well, I will display my great research skills by quoting Wikipedia:
In the face of previous Mafia convictions, particularly the success of the Commission trial, Gotti's acquittal was a major upset that further added to his reputation. The American media dubbed Gotti "The Teflon Don" in reference to the failure of any charges to "stick."
Also: the embodiment of an industry press release with the image below; right after major negative findings surface.
OK, one more try:
Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.