cloud the issue

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cloud the issue

To obfuscate or distract from the topic at hand by introducing irrelevant and/or misleading information. Politicians are always clouding the issue during debates by pointing out their opponents' history in other issues. Don't cloud the issue with talk about your past achievements, stick to the question I'm asking you. His muddled explanation only served to cloud the issue further for his students.
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He finally repeats his spin to include the now perennial Anne Robinson to further cloud the issue.
It has got nothing to do with a horse being sold and, quite frankly, he is trying to cloud the issue.
But neither should the fun-filled image of drink as portrayed in the television adverts be allowed to cloud the issue.
If Bill Lockyer, who wields considerable clout as president pro tem of the state Senate, is confused, it is because of his own attempts to cloud the issue of basic political rights by suddenly raising questions about the whole process of how cities are formed.
To further cloud the issue, Eriksson didn't meet with FA
Let's hope that next time this issue comes up for vote, extremist animal welfare rhetoric will not cloud the issue.
INJURIES to both teams have tried to cloud the issue, but Chester ought still to be good enough to beat up Birmingham in the National Cup final in Sheffield tomorrow, writes Dexter King.
Without the Gold Cup to cloud the issue, it should be clear to everyone that First Gold was the champion-i.
However, to cloud the issue, two of Jol's last six matches in Europe have registered make-ups of 100 and 110, while Mallorca games average 44 in Europe this season and 56 in their last six league games.
But the rampant commercial usage of drones continues to cloud the issue, with the FAA asserting its authority without any clear regulations regarding the use of drones in American airspace.
Liz Mayes, assistant regional director, CBI North East, said: "There are conflicting messages about the low level of consumer confidence versus brighter prospects for certain sectors, which continue to cloud the issue.
It also said that the guidance on online tax returns are "confusing, cloud the issue of what precise iXBRL tagging is required to satisfy HMRC and fail to address satisfactorily the plight of those still struggling to implement software or failing to receive it".
He said: "The short-term data continue to cloud the issue, but there are growing risks of inflation becoming more ingrained as firms attempt to bolster their profit margins and employees seek higher wage rises in the face of sharply-increased costs of energy and commodities.
He highlighted the significance of the Head of State's address which called for assuming responsibilities and preserving gains and institutions, stressing the need for all the components of the civil society, all the parties in charge of regional development and the media to contribute to preserve and increase national gains so as to protect citizens, to face all the schemes aimed to sow doubt and foil the attempts of all those who want to cloud the issue.
Statistics can cloud the issue, which is why politicians rely on them so much - well 72 per cent of them.