Red Herring Fallacy

Attempting to redirect the argument to another issue to which the person doing the redirecting can better respond.

The level of mercury in seafood may be unsafe, but what will fishers do to support their families?

Red Herrings are arguments that seem relevant to an issue but actually are not. For example, we could be arguing about whether being vegetarian is more ethical than eating meat. Then, in the middle of a perfectly fine argument, I blurt out, “Well, Hitler was vegetarian! And he surely wasn’t ethical!”

This is a distraction from the real point of debate: whether eating meat is inherently unethical. These kinds of distractions from the argument are known as “red herrings.”

A large proportion of what is said and written is some form of a red herring.

Ahh there are lots of masters of this.