Imagine a corporation (SodaWorld) that has been caught doing some bad things. It’s selling beverages that are contaminated with lead. In addition, it’s revealed that the company pays no taxes, and, even more shocking, the CEO is a member of the KKK.
In defending SodaWorld, a propagandist writes the following in a newspaper article:
Everyone knows the KKK has done terrible things to black people, but beverage companies are not known for lynching or sterilization schemes, and for good reason.
Can anyone tell me what fallacy best describes this? It kind of looks like a faulty comparison, but it also reminds me of a red herring.