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Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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The Senator doesn't need to account for irregularities in his expenses. After all, there are other senators who have done far worse things.
Red Herring
AKA Smoke Screen, Wild Goose Chase

Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings)

A Red Herring is a fallacy in which an irrelevant topic is presented in order to divert attention from the original issue. The basic idea is to "win" an argument by leading attention away from the argument and to another topic. This sort of "reasoning" has the following form:

  1. Topic A is under discussion.
  2. Topic B is introduced under the guise of being relevant to topic A (when topic B is actually not relevant to topic A).
  3. Topic A is abandoned.
This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because merely changing the topic of discussion hardly counts as an argument against a claim.

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 823 Total Answer Attempts   36%
 294 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 529 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

 
294 - Red Herring
59 - Appeal to Common Practice
32 - Special Pleading
31 - Relativist Fallacy
30 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
29 - Biased Generalization
22 - Guilt by Association
19 - Appeal to Popularity
19 - Appeal to Spite
19 - Appeal to Authority
17 - Ignoring a Common Cause
16 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
16 - Genetic Fallacy
15 - Poisoning the Well
14 - Begging the Question
13 - Misleading Vividness
13 - Fallacy of Division
13 - Appeal to Tradition
11 - Hasty Generalization
11 - Fallacy of Composition
11 - Slippery Slope
10 - Post Hoc
10 - Personal Attack
9 - Middle Ground
9 - Appeal to Pity
9 - Appeal to Belief
8 - Burden of Proof
8 - Ad Hominem
8 - False Dilemma
8 - Appeal to Flattery
7 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
6 - Gambler's Fallacy
6 - Peer Pressure
5 - Appeal to Emotion
5 - Appeal to Ridicule
5 - Appeal to Fear
5 - Appeal to Novelty
1 - Confusing Cause and Effect

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