Initially, we went to the papers’ respective search engines to double-check our first impression. Plug “Owen Labrie” into the Herald search box and you get this:
It’s a bit of a jumble – the most recent story is listed fourth. But it’s the Library of Congress compared to what pops up in the Globe when you plug virtually anything into its search box. The Framingham rape from the Herald front page gets no hits, but plug in, say, “David Ortiz” and you get this:
Click on that first link and you get a hockey story at the bottom of which is this:
So, to recap: One search, two clicks, still no David Ortiz.
Try it for yourself. It’s crazy-making.
And entirely crazy: a non-searchable newspaper website.