I suppose, if I’m being totally forthcoming about it, I’ve been guilty of it a time or two myself. I’m talking about using clickbait headlines, guaranteed to snag a reader’s attention, but that may not 100% accurately reflect what’s in the body of the article following. I do try to avoid it, as it annoys me when others do it, but like I said, I’m probably a little guilty. We do have to get your attention somehow, after all. We crave your clicks.
The headline for this linked article is somewhat clickbaity. “50% Chance Notre Dame Cannot be Saved says Cathedral Representative.” That’s not good news for lovers of all things historical and gothy. But then if you read the article—if you take the bait, in other words, it says “A representative of the church, Monsignor Patrick Chauvet, who is rector of the cathedral, told the Associated Press recently that, ‘there’s a 50 percent chance not all the structure can be saved…’” Note the use of the words “not all.” The news isn’t as bad as the headline would lead you to believe. Personally I expect they’ll be able to repair all of the structure, and probably sooner rather than later. Either way, we’re not in danger of losing this world heritage site completely.