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Fallacy: Red Herring

A Red Herring is an informal logical fallacy in which an irrelevant topic is introduced in order to attempt to shift attention away from the original issue at hand.

It has been said that, “A ‘Red Herring’ refers to a smelly fish which someone would drag across the path of the hounds pursuing their quarry, so that they get distracted and go off the path in pursuit of the fish.”

And so it is when someone commits a Red Herring fallacy they are either willfully or ignorantly attempting to introduce an irrelevant topic which distracts from the original issue at hand.

 

Navy SEAL Chad Williams