Bill Keller on Arresting Front Page Photo: ‘A no-brainer’

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By Chris O'Shea Comment

The above is a picture by The New York Times’ Tyler Hicks, which accompanies an article by¬†Jeffrey Gettleman that details the absolutely terrible – almost surreal – situation in Somalia, where insurgents are denying children and others access to food and water, leading to mass starvation.

Bill Keller tells The Huffington Post that the decision to run such a graphic photograph above the fold was “kind of a no-brainer,” after staffers considered many of Hicks’ submissions. More from Keller:

Jeffrey and Tyler went to great trouble and some risk to get as close as they could to the calamity in Somalia. They sent us a harrowing story and vivid, arresting photographs. We put them before the attention of our readers. That’s our job.

If you haven’t read Gettleman’s piece yet please do, it’s a shocking portrayal of a place that desperately needs help.