A distraction—if not, perhaps, a breath of fresh air, exactly.
"The president feels, we feel at the White House, this is a distraction," Carney said when asked about Weiner.
The constant disinformation, distraction, misdirection, confabulation, and endless stream of threats actually works.
mid-15c., "the drawing away of the mind," from Latin distractionem (nominative distractio) "a pulling apart, separating," noun of action from past participle stem of distrahere (see distract). Meaning "mental disturbance" (in driven to distraction, etc.) is c.1600. Meaning "a thing or fact that distracts" is from 1610s.
distraction dis·trac·tion (dĭ-strāk'shən)
A condition or state of mind in which the attention is diverted from an original focus or interest.
Separation of bony fragments or joint surfaces of a limb by extension.