Suppose this. Suppose you were working for the New York Times, and you had this article ready to go, all about the impact of continued austerity of the Irish people and economy. But you had to select a photo to head the piece. What sort of photo would you want?
Me, I think you'd want something striking. Something that would make people think "ah, there but for the Grace of God go you and I". Something that would say to the general public, look at what is happening to these people - they must be really desperate, if they've ended up like this.
But maybe the New York Times thought otherwise.
Or maybe they didn't...