Red Herring: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

“Something that draws attention away from the central issue, as in talking about the new plant is a red herring to keep us from learning about downsizing plans. The herring in this expression is red and strong-smelling from being preserved by smoking. The idiom alludes to dragging a smoked herring across a trail to cover up the scent and throw off tracking dogs.[Late 1800s ]” This method of misdirection has been used for centuries by kings and queens; prime ministers; presidents; marketing executives; politicians and leaders of religious orders to keep the people in the dark or convinced of a belief which was totally based on spurious duplicity.             … Continue reading Red Herring: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow