“Hounding the Innocent”: Logos, Ethos, and Pathos
Answer the following questions in order to analyze the traditional rhetorical devices Bob Herbert uses in “Hounding the Innocent.”
Questions about Logic (Logos)
List two major assertions the author makes in this essay. Cite the support the author provides for these assertions.
Think of counter-arguments that he author does not deal with. Write them below.
Do you think the author has left something out on purpose? Why?
Questions about the Writer (Ethos)
Read the following biography on Robert Herbert before answering the questions.
Bob Herbert joined The New York Times as an Op-Ed columnist in 1993. His twice a week column comments on politics, urban affairs and social trends.
Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Herbert was a national correspondent for NBC from 1991 to 1993, reporting regularly on "The Today Show" and "NBC Nightly News." He had worked as a reporter and editor at The Daily News from 1976 until 1985, when he became a columnist and member of its editorial board.
In 1990, Mr. Herbert was a founding panelist of "Sunday Edition," a weekly discussion program on WCBS-TV in New York, and the host of Hotline, a weekly issues program on New York public television.
He began his career as a reporter with The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J., in 1970. He became its night city editor in 1973.
ELA Content Standards 2.4, 2.5, 2.6 (Reading Comprehension)