Class: Evade > Irrelevant
of addressing the issue.
Usually accusing someone of hypocrisy,
questioning their motives, comparing to
someone else, or dodging the issue.
The fallacy Red Herring means introducing a second argument to distract from the first. It can also be a broader category of fallacies related to irrelevance, including Tu Quoque and Ad Hominem Tone Policing, which are all covered by this foolacy. Other fallacies of irrelevance have their own foolacies.The term Red Herring comes from the belief that smoked fish was used in training to distract hunting dogs, but this was never a real practice. To new learners these are just random words, so instead I chose a name that is actually intuitive.