Editors know what sells newspapers. It's the heart wrenching stories that grab our attention more than banal facts and figures. And photos of people mean more to most of us than graphs, even if they convey less concrete information. This is because most of what we think is governed by our gut instinct rather than our rational self.
This poses a problem for all human decision making and every form of democracy. Luckily both sides of any debate can be illustrated with both testimony and statistics.