The Dakota Access pipeline results (#2)

The Dakota access pipeline has been made known across America because of the protests against the construction because of its impact on the environment and of the location of the pipeline. In the New York Times article “North Dakota arrests 10 as pipeline protest camp empties,” by Mitch Smith and Alan Blinder, they explain how the police officers removed protestors from the land. Protestors then started a fire on the grounds, which caused a few injuries, as a way of defiance; they were asked to leave and protest on public land.

In the article “North Dakota arrests 10 as pipeline protest camp empties” authors Mitch Smith and Alan Binder wrote about the evacuation of the camps in North Dakota who were against the building of the Dakota access pipeline while using rhetorical analysis to inform us on the issue. These authors used all three appeals, ethos, logos and pathos, in their article. I believe they were effective in displaying the message. They used ethos because they are writers for a credible news source, The New York Times. They also used pathos because they told the story of protestors and used logos because they gave facts about the situation.


These authors are credible because they are authors for the New York Times and not everyone is allowed to write articles for the New York Times, therefore these authors are using the ethos appeal.


The authors used pathos by talking about the fires. They quoted a young man, Nick Cowan, who helped set the fires. He said, “It’s an act of defiance. It’s saying: ‘If you are going to make us leave our home, you cannot take our space. We’ll burn it to the ground and let the earth take it back before you take it from us.’” This is an example of pathos because it made the reader feel sorry for the protesters. The oil company took over land that did not belong to them. By setting the fires they were saying if they cannot have there own land then no one could. Another example of pathos is a statement from a woman who was protesting for months who said, “We won. We slowed that pipeline down months and months and months. We cost them who knows how much money. And we slowed them down.” This quote shows how passionate the protestors were and how they felt over their victory. Readers were able to hear the protestors side and know the reasoning for their actions. This quote can make the reader feel sorry for protestors because even though some protestors, like the woman, were proud of what they did and how long they fought, the reader can still feel sorry because in the end they still lost. One police officer named Mr. Burgum said, “Anyone who obstructs our ability to do cleanup will be subject to arrest.” He explained what will happen if people do not cooperate. Most people were on the protestor’s side so these quotes brought the reader closer to the situation. Those who are on the side of the oil company were able to hear from the police officers side. They were just there to do there job, remove people from private land.


The authors use logos because they give facts from the protest. They gave specific dates and times of when the evacuation took place and interviewed the protestors and the police officers about the situation. The day the fires and the end of the protest took place was on the day that the article was written, February 22.

The authors were effective in displaying their message by using ethical appeals of ethos, logos and pathos. The majority of the time, the author’s used pathos to catch the reader’s attention. The authors were neutral; they explained both sides, the protestors and the police officers.

Work cited

Smith, Mitch , and Blinder, Alan. “North Dakota Arrests 10 as Pipeline Protest Camp Empties.” New York Times. The New York Times company, 22 Feb. 2017. Web. 28 Feb. 2017