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Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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"Argument" for a tax cut:
"You know, I've begun to think that there is some merit in the Republicans' tax cut plan. I suggest that you come up with something like it, because If we Democrats are going to survive as a party, we have got to show that we are as tough-minded as the Republicans, since that is what the public wants.
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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 1,118 Total Answer Attempts   16%
 180 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 938 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

 
180 - Red Herring
90 - Appeal to Popularity
62 - Peer Pressure
54 - Appeal to Common Practice
46 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
45 - Appeal to Fear
39 - Biased Generalization
37 - Appeal to Belief
36 - Fallacy of Division
33 - False Dilemma
33 - Middle Ground
31 - Special Pleading
31 - Appeal to Tradition
30 - Relativist Fallacy
27 - Confusing Cause and Effect
25 - Hasty Generalization
21 - Appeal to Emotion
21 - Begging the Question
21 - Misleading Vividness
19 - Post Hoc
19 - Burden of Proof
18 - Fallacy of Composition
17 - Appeal to Authority
17 - Appeal to Flattery
16 - Appeal to Novelty
16 - Appeal to Spite
15 - Appeal to Ridicule
15 - Ignoring a Common Cause
15 - Gambler's Fallacy
14 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
14 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
14 - Genetic Fallacy
12 - Ad Hominem
10 - Poisoning the Well
8 - Slippery Slope
6 - Guilt by Association
6 - Appeal to Pity
5 - Personal Attack

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