Red Herring Examples

Red Herring

Red Herring is a type of logical fallacy. A fallacy is when mistaken logic is used to argue a point. With red herring, the person simply changes the subject to direct attention away from the original argument. This could be done, for example, when the person is not as able to respond to one subject as another. So, he/she redirects attention to another subject.

Examples of Red Herring:

1. Political candidate lays out his plan for economic stimulus, and his opponent begins to talk about his tax records and how he has mislead the public.

2. The principal begins to question Chad about the fight that he was just involved in, and Chad begins to talk about how he has been bullied at school repeatedly and nothing has been done.

3. A man who has cheated on his spouse is confronted by a friend who tells him that it is wrong. The man begins to talk about right versus wrong and who decides.

4. A student gets into trouble for not meeting the dress code at her school. When her teacher confronts her, she begins talking about how the dress code is a punishment for girls and boys are able to wear whatever they want.

5. There is a proposal that we should require all high school students to participate in some type of community service. I don't know what you think about that, but teachers don't get paid enough for all of the things that we do.

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