How about misdirection, deflection, or obfuscation?
misdirection: [mass noun] the action or process of
directing someone to the wrong place or in the wrong direction: ‘the
deliberate misdirection that had put me off the track’
[mass noun] the action or process of deflecting or being deflected
cause (someone) to deviate from an intended purpose
obfuscation: [mass noun] the action of making something obscure, unclear, or
unintelligible: ‘when confronted with sharp questions they resort to
We've seen a lot of misdirection, deflection, and obfuscation in our political discourse of late.