The “Red Herring” Fallacy

SPEAKER: Red herring is another well-known fallacy type, but it’s easily confused with straw figure. So here, I want to highlight the differences between the two. The name “red herring” comes from an old method of training dogs for fox hunting. The goal is a train the dogs to follow the fox’s scent, even if […]

The Red Herring Fallacy. Feat. Tony Abbott

In video we will be looking at the red herring fallacy and then see an example by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot. A red herring is when an irrelevant topic is presented in order to divert attention away from the original argument. This is often used to avoid dealing with an argument directly by shifting […]