Red Herring: when a person raises an
irrelevant side issue to divert attention from the real issue. Colburn: In this clip, Mayor Quimby
distracts the voters from the issue of higher taxes. By bringing up the issue of
illegal immigrants, the mayor diverts the attention of the citizens away from the
taxes. Although the mayor asserts a connection between the two issues, the
citizens soon forget about the tax issue completely and focus on the issue of
illegal immigrants. By using a distraction to divert attention from the
real issue, Mayor Quimby uses a red herring. Subscribe to Colburn Classroom and be on the lookout for new videos.